Eight beautiful Irish notebooks and planners to help you with your journaling goals this year

By Sarah Finnan

January 9, 2021 at 8:30am


I know, I know - why bother with a planner if you're not planning on going anywhere? Well, my friends, a planner can be used as much more than just a way to keep track of your weekly schedule.

More and more people have been turning to journaling in recent years, with many crediting it as one of the best methods they've found in helping them deal with difficult situations, emotions and thoughts. A hobby that basically encourages people to write down whatever it is that comes to mind, journaling is a simple way of allowing you to free up precious brain space and work through your worries at the same time.

One of the few hobbies we have that doesn't involve looking at a screen, it's also a great excuse to make you put your phone down and give your eyes (and thumbs) a break from the scrolling - we're all guilty of it, especially these days.

Naturally, any old notebook you have will do the job nicely - paper is paper after all - but that being said, having something beautiful to fill your thoughts with definitely helps keep the momentum going when motivation is at a low.

Below are eight different options to get you started on your journaling goals this year.

The Head Plan 

Probably one of the most well-known wellness journals out there, The Head Plan is an ideal starting point for both beginners and more avid journal users alike. Each one contains over 280 pages to keep you inspired, motivated, focused and driven.

Pippa Collection Planner

Saying that making plans, getting organised and setting goals are some of her favourite things - Pippa O'Connor has created her own range of colourful notebooks to encourage you to follow suit and do the same.

Badly Made Books

Producers of handmade recycled paper notebooks, journals and planners, all Badly Made Books comprise a minimum of 70 per cent post-consumer waste materials - so opt for one of these and Mother Nature will thank you for it. Specifically for your random thoughts and bad ideas... of which we have plenty.


Nonna Diary 

The brainchild of proud Kerry woman Clodagh Shannon, Nonna Diary is the result of her love for organisation and stationary. Hoping to provide users with the daily motivation they need to see their progress and visualise how successful they can be, there are several different options to choose from and you can find the full range of products here.

Leanún Designs

Set up by three college friends - Ciara, Éadaoin and Kate - Leanún Designs started as a small creative project, born in the gals' WhatsApp group. Spreading its roots to become the budding business community it is today, some of their most popular products include their yearly planner and gratitude journal.

Oh So Bello 

Combining beauty with functionality, Oh So Bello planners are handmade with love in Ireland. Steadfast in the belief that every diary tells a story, each one is as unique as the person filling its pages.


Blue Thistle Designs

Juggling everyday life is an achievement in and of itself and Blue Thistle Designs hopes to make the process that bit easier with their handy day by day planner. According to them - "putting pen to paper lights more fires than matches ever will", so let that be your mantra when in need of some gentle encouragement.


The Positive Wellness Journal 

Not an Irish brand, but The Positive Wellness Journal is one of The Kind's most highly sought after products so deserves special mention. Combining weekly quotes, daily writing and activities such as breathing and art therapy, it will help you nourish your mind, body and soul... helping you bring some much-needed positivity into your life.

Any other notebooks or planners to add to the list? Let us know which ones are your faves.

Header image via Instagram/The Head Plan/Leanún Designs

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