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5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Journaling Experience

In hindsight, it’s quite easy to journal. Choose a notebook, grab a pen, get to writing your thoughts down, and you’re all set. But that’s the fine art of it in its most basic form - there’s so much more to journaling than that! In order to enjoy the many benefits we can get out of keeping a journal, it’s important that we know how to make the most out of the journaling experience itself.

1. Have fun with journaling!    

The last thing you want journaling to be is a chore. Keeping and maintaining one is meant to help you, not stress you out! So if it becomes something tedious that you ‘need to get over and done with,’ stop and consider: is your current journaling setup right for you? 

2. Don’t get bogged down by the ‘rules.’

The great thing about journaling is that there’s no one way of doing it. There are numerous types of journals, each with its host of benefits, and it’s important to find the one that suits your needs. Everything you see, read, and watch about starting and keeping a journal are simply guides - at the end of the day, you decide what you want to incorporate and how to make journaling work for you. 

Turn it into a luxurious ritual.  

Let’s be real - you won’t always be motivated to journal no matter how much you want to. But here’s something that can help: make journaling a pleasure. Eventually, its association with simple, pleasant things can make a huge difference, especially during days where you’re not sure what to do with a blank page. Use a finely crafted fountain pen, play music or light incense sticks to set the mood - anything. The sky’s the limit! 

Write for yourself. 

Writing with an audience in mind - even if it’s just a family member or a significant other - can impact your words and how you say them. You might end up filtering your own thoughts, which is opposite of what journaling is meant to help you with: that is, to be more truthful. Journaling is all about honesty, and you can only be completely honest if you’re writing for no one else but yourself. 

It doesn’t have to be perfect right away. 

Finding a journaling style that fits you can involve lots of trial and error, but don’t get discouraged! Sometimes it takes time, some patience, and a little practice to figure out how you can make the most out of your journaling experience. It may take a while, but you’ll get there. Just keep moving forward! 

Getting the most out of journaling means having everything you need in one place, too. 

Here at LOCHBY, our goal is to help you focus on the things that are important: productivity and creativity. This is why we strive to make premium notebooks and accessories that last a lifetime - so that all you have to do is keep working on what matters. No more worrying about misplaced pens, scribbled notes on scrap paper, or multiple notebooks. 

Whether it’s a home for your pens and other supplies, a journal cover that’s built to last, or a Tomoe River notebook, we’ve blended functionality with durability by putting together everything you need in one place. 

“This has to be the best set I’ve purchased, ever. I use this daily and can keep all of my sketch gear together and secure. I also love that I can keep my nice fountain pens safe and the zip up pen holder fits right in my purse. I cannot recommend this set enough. Wonderful product!”

Casey B. on the Family Pack

Make the most out of journaling with a single kit. 

Budding journaler or longtime diarist, if you’re (still) looking for a system to help you organize your thoughts, schedule, andjournaling supplies, then you’ll love the Ultimate Journaling Kit! It includes the Field Journal, two planner refills, one ruled refill, and the Quattro to carry four of your favorite pens - plus one more! The Field Journal has a pen loop for your go-to pen. Safe and stylish in waxed canvas, the Ultimate Journaling Kit is an easy way to store and carry your journaling essentials!

“This journal is perfect for me. Aesthetically it fits my need for durability. The notebook part of it can be refilled. The paper (Tomoe River 68) is very pleasant on which to write. It fits nicely in my backpack. What more can I say? It's a great journal and I recommend it to anyone searching for a working journal.”

William J. on the Field Journal

Draw the world using whatever medium, whenever and wherever. 

The best way to focus on your art is to get rid of unnecessary, distracting clutter - which is why we’ve put together the Urban Sketcher Kit! This set comes with three plain refills encased in our waxed canvas Field Journal, and a Tool Roll to store your must-have art supplies. Feel free to create no matter where you are - we’ve made sure you have what you need with you!

“Top notch materials and second to none craftsmanship. I bring the roll with me everywhere. It gets banged around in my messenger bag daily and still shows no signs of wear. It's not the least expensive roll available, but it is certainly worth every penny!”

Cliff M. on the Tool Roll

In hindsight, it’s easy to find notebooks and accessories to use for journaling too. But just as journaling isn’t as basic as putting pen to paper, finding things to make your experience worthwhile is as important. Here at LOCHBY, it’s all about helping you find something that will last a lifetime - and then some.