21 Journals to Help You Budget, Track, and Plan for 2022

Published on: Jan 6, 2022fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
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If you find the pressure of ‘new year, new you’ completely overwhelming, you’re not alone. Resolving to get your budget, diet, career, and well, entire life in order as soon as January kicks off can be…a little unrealistic. But you can make some little life adjustments easier by putting pen to paper. Whether you’re making to-do lists, meal planning, creating an organized schedule, or tracking a budget, writing things down helps — big time. So we rounded up the best notepads, trackers, and calendars to help you stay on track this year, minus the stress. On your marks, get set, go, go, go.

2022 Journals

Do It For Yourself Journal
A motivational journal that’ll help with productivity…

What if you could marry a visually stunning set of prompts with tactical tips to help you work through a goal? Well…you can. This journal takes you through exercises and multiple stages of goal-building — gaining momentum, overcoming setbacks, following through, and seeking closure. Each one is designed to help you get past roadblocks and give you the space to help set yourself up for success. Goal-diggers, assemble. ($14.39, Amazon)

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Five Minute Journal
A five-minute journal for the busiest amongst us…

This one requires only a few minutes of your time and won’t be an energy suck either. The journal comes with prompts, perfect for anyone who feels intimidated by the idea of free-writing. It aims to help you improve how you feel on a daily basis and can make the sometimes daunting task of journaling and habit-forming easy. ($25, Brooklinen)

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Heart Talk Journal
A 52-week guided journal to help with self-love and self-discovery…

Nothing says self-care like setting time aside for reflection. This one’s based on Cleo Wade’s popular book “Heart Talk” and comes with prompts you can engage with however you please. Wade even encourages rule-breaking along the way. So if you prefer to use it 52 days in a row instead of weekly, or turn to it whenever you just feel like you need some centering, it’s allllll part of the journey. ($15.99, Amazon)

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Meal Planners and Budget Trackers

Target Financial Planner
And another financial planning option to help you with your bills…

Fiscal responsibility, here ya come. This planner helps track payments, bills, income, and more in a digestible way. Scoop it up for yourself, or gift it to your SO who might need a little help in the money department. Their wallet says ‘thanks’ in advance. ($9.99, Target)

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Tear-off Grocery List
A 52-page weekly meal planner notepad with a tear-off grocery list…

Spoiler: Figuring out what to cook for dinner doesn’t have to be stressful. This combo pad lets you plan ahead and prep for each day of the week. So you can save time at the grocery store and prevent food waste. Plus, this one has strong magnets so it’ll actually stay put on your fridge (no sliding here). Win-win. ($9.99, Amazon)

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Food Planner
An aesthetically pleasing food planner you won't be embarrassed to have out on the counter…

It comes with sections for your shopping list, measurement conversions, recipes, and more. It’s made with environmentally friendly tree-free paper too. Consider this an easy way to kick off a new food journey. ($28, Amazon)

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Calendars and general planners

Daily Planner
A daily planner for the one who loves to write everything down…

This one runs through December 2022 and has space for daily, weekly, and monthly views. In addition to helping you remember that doctor’s appointment or your kiddo’s soccer practice, it also comes with: a double-sided pocket page so you can store notes and receipts, stickers, a “choose your own calm” quiz, notes of encouragement, and more. ($28.95, Amazon

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Weekly Tear-off Scheduler
A weekly tear-off scheduler…

Productivity, here you come. This one makes your to-do list less overwhelming by helping you focus on your priorities and block off time for all your responsibilities. On the left side just write all of your tasks — and fill them in on the right in their respective time blocks. It’s undated, so if you skip a week or two you won’t have to waste a page or toss it out. Just pick up right where you left off. ($12, Amazon)

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Fridge Calendar
A magnetic, acrylic wall calendar…

This simple, minimalist design gives a new adult meaning to ‘dry erase.’ You can choose between a clear or frosted look. Mount it to any surface of your choosing, or easily attach it to any magnetic surface (like your fridge). Happy planning. ($62+, Etsy)

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Gratitude Calendar
A gratitude calendar to keep you grounded…

This no-pressure calendar encourages you to jot down one thing a day. It has some inspirational quotes too to help inspire you and get the good vibes flowing. Once the year comes to an end, you’ll get to look back at all the positive thoughts and moments you noted. Let the good times roll. ($28, Amazon)

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Habit-Tracking Calendar
A habit-tracking calendar so you can achieve everything you want this year…

Maybe you wanna stop using your phone after 8 pm, maybe you wanna drink less caffeine. Whatever it is, this calendar will help you stay aware of your daily, weekly, and monthly habits. It’s broken down into different categories like sleep, movement, finances, and organization. So you can stay on top of things and set yourself up for success. ($18, Amazon)

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Items to Help with Mindfulness

Mindfulness Card Deck
A self-care-themed deck of cards to help you navigate your feelings…

Fifty guided mindfulness cards = 50 ways to spark growth, emotional awareness, and interesting conversations. The deck has five categories (each with 10 cards with prompts) — among them: fear, joy, sadness, anger, and a wild card section with additional emotions. Whether you use them during a wine night with the girls or on your own as a morning of mindfulness exercise, the opportunities for growth are endless. Plus, they’re so colorful and eye-catching that you’ll wanna keep them out on display. ($19.95, Amazon)

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Anti-anxiety Notebook
A therapist-created anti-anxiety notebook….

Designed to help lower stress and combat anxiety, this one draws on CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) techniques. It comes with 100 tips and notes from experts that can assist with reframing challenges and change when you need it. The guided entries are great for those who benefit from structure too. Prompts include things like rating the intensity of your emotions, circling patterns you recognize, and answering questions that’ll help you get what’s going on in your mind onto the page. ($38, Standard Dose)

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Five-Year Memory Journal
A five-year memory book where you only write one line a day…

So you can record a specific hilarious moment, a wish for the future, or just a random meal you enjoyed. It’s a great way to reflect on your feelings and thoughts without the pressure of writing an entire journal entry. At the end of the five years, you’ll be able to look back and see your progression. Oh, how time flies. ($15.26, Amazon)

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Spiral Journal
A lined, spiral journal that’ll help you protect your energy…

Freehand for the win. This one has a hard cover, 240 standard ruled pages, and gold spiral binding. All you gotta do is write your heart out. Whether it’s lists, quotes, reminders for yourself, or diary-style entries, the choice is yours. Go for it. ($16, Be Rooted)

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Google Later Notepad
A ‘remember to do this later’ notepad…

No ‘whoops, I forgot’ here. This cute lil’ guy is your perfect tech-free way to keep a to-do list. At 4x6 inches, it’s small enough to keep in your car, in your purse or on your nightstand for those random midnight thoughts you want to jot down. ($6.95, Feliz Modern)

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Mouse pad
A notepad that doubles as a mouse pad…

We love to keep this one near our WFH setup. The undated, unlined sheets tear right off (you’ve got 60 of ’em) to make getting your sh*t done so much easier. Half of the pad is for work stuff and half is devoted to life stuff. Because when you’re busy the last thing you want to keep track of are lists in two separate places. Organized life, here you come. ($12.95, Amazon)

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Time Block Notepad
A lightweight notepad to help with your crazy schedule…

Come one, come all — this one’s great for everyone in your life (kiddos included). Yes, calendars on your phone work, but sometimes you just want to be able to visualize your daily tasks and schedule with good ol’-fashioned pen and paper. Because there’s nothing like literally crossing off a task once it’s completed. Each page = a new day broken down by the hour. Get her done. ($18, Amazon)

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And some miscellaneous items you’re going to want to get, too

Mini Monthly Stickers
Mini monthly stickers…

These handmade ones are printed on matte recycled paper. We love using these lil’ guys to level up our calendar situation: Use them to mark deadlines, indicate a birthday, or even mark a payment date. ($3, Eboniismoon via Etsy)

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Vision Board Book
A vision board book so you can get into the manifestation game… 

This book is filled with non-cheesy images that you can cut out to build your ultimate inspiration board with. It has more than 700 words and images to choose from, across alllll types of categories. If you’re dealing with a career or life rut — this one’s a perfect addition to your 2022. ($29.99, Amazon)

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