This is my second book. I did not use it as it is intended to be used, as a daily planner. I used it as a diary instead.
I'm a productivity junkie and have quite a case of ADHD (one thing may have led to the other!) and have tried many different systems: Getting Things Done apps (Omnifocus, Things, 2Do, Habitica) and analog methods like Bullet Journal.
By far my favorite was BuJo. I kept things fairly simple on the BuJo. I wanted to track some habits, plan my day, plan my year, track my projects, track my to-dos. But I keep putting off using BuJo. Especially when it comes to the Weekly and Monthly reviews. I just NEVER do them. Why? It's a project unto itself. I have to redraw everything. I make ugly mistakes. I wasn't sure which layouts to use and was prone to overcomplicating my entries. It became such a chore to journal, I often skip days (my ADHD brain is prone to skipping chores, as you might imagine).
So I looked for other systems. But other journals or systems are either too simple, too complex, too narrow (5 minute journals and week planners), LINED (with 5 mm line width. My handwriting is much bigger! - also not good for brainstorming non-linearly). Or the paper bled like crazy with my fountain pen. I wanted my most used BuJo layouts preprinted in a Leuchtturm1917 quality (Self Journal is superior. I can say that now) that is dotted and finding such a notebook turned out to be very hard.
If you take all of my complaints above, get rid of them, and you get the Self Journal. It's nice. Its system is simple but comprehensive and backed by scientific studies I've actualy read. Habit tracking, day planning, room to brainstorm, it's got everything. It's even got a pen loop which is some next level stuff as far as user-oriented product design is concerned. It's pricey, I know. But get it anyway.
I used to be a bullet journaler (now I'm on my 2nd Self Journal) and tried to make a project planning spread myself. But for some reason, I just never wanted to use it. It looked like a mess and I overcomplicated it, so I never used it. Project planninng became its own project. After all my life hasn't fallen apart since I stopped project planning. I'll just list the next steps in my to-do's and that's basically the same, right?
Enter this notepad. It's beautiful. The paper is sturdy and feels nice in the hand and plays spectacularly with my broad fountain pen. You will WANT to use it. And one notepad will last you a long time, given that you're supposed to use one page per project. It occupies the sweet spot between too simple (and therefore useless) and so complicated that project planning becomes a project unto itself (which was what went wrong with my BuJo project planning! On top of having to format everything myself). This saves me from having to reinvent the wheel and after I put all of my thesis actions on paper, I felt lighter. Much lighter. You just need look at your completed plan and feel like you have a mastery of your project.
I didn't even realize the low key stress I was in trying to keep everything in my head and not knowing how far along the project was (they provide a progress bar!). Ok, it was, like, 20 bucks. But that's a lot of projects you can plan. And I haven't been able to find a productivity that combines form and function perfectly. The perfect tool is useless if you don't want to use it and I've found quality its worth paying for.
Not to mention their stellar customer service. The tracking stalled after my package was shipped, and they promptly sent me a new one. My original package mysteriously arrived (the shipping company still insists they don't have my package, from the tracking) and the CS reps just told me to keep it! If only every company was like this.
I'm new to using a journal and I have always wanted to get better in being more productive at work and achieving more in my personal life. Here's to 13 week journey of my first journal.
Thank you for making a wonderful product. I have been using for a year and can’t live without it. Only wish is that it was digital.
I enjoy the purchase of the sleeve for the sidekicks. It allows the sidekick to take on a whole new look. It's like having a mini journal with you at all times.
After looking at several journals/planners, I decided to give this journal a try and I'm so glad I did! I have completed one and am on my second. I have so many different things going on in my business and personal life and this one really helps me keep my head above water.
The book is made from quality materials and even though I kicked it around quite a bit, it held together great!
I got this as a way for my boyfriend and I to start our business. But, it has turned into so much more for us! We plan our days together and the morning and evening gratitude sections allow us to really be thankful for everything we have, especially each other. The weekly wins is so fun to really reflect on our week and allows us to better plan our time for the next week! This is the most amazing tool! I highly recommend to EVERYONE!!
I am privileged to have a career comprised of many parts, and I find the organization of this journal to be the perfect companion to my work as an independent contractor. I’ve used both the original and Scholar versions of the BestSelf journal, and can attest that the latter is not a mere academic planner.
I purchased the Self Journals for my daughter and daughter-in-law for Christmas so I am not sure at this moment how much they will enjoy them. I am excited about them and think they are going to LOVE their new journals.
It will take a while for me to get used to the system but it will be worth my time to do it
I'm a list person, but often get frustrated by not getting the important tasks done. This is a game changer for me - I like how it puts your most important goals right up front and keeps you focused on these with the supporting tasks and zero open space concepts. Will be buying more and sharing with other planning types that I know!
This jacket is truly no frills: snap closure and pen loop are all that you get - with no wiggle room. I don’t know exactly what I was hoping for, when I opened the package I was a little disappointed by how much so. However, I was pleasantly surprised that my Graduate Edition journal fit perfectly, and I loved the cloth satchel in which it came. Super happy overall!
This journal does not meet my needs, and really love Commit30 so going back to that. I thought I would try something new and it was a waste of my money. It felt cheap and wouldn't lay flat when opened. Many happy customers just not me.
I like having my day in a hard format, being able to flip through pages and physically write in something. I find myself carrying around a second notebook with smoother paper for journaling my thoughts as I am trying to stick to my 13 week plan. I don't find the doodling section to be large enough with my format for reflecting in a longer format. I intend to stick to the plan as I'm only a week in, and I'm hoping to grow to like it even more.
The best self journal is a great way to organize thoughts, develop habits and focus your dreams making them a reality. I've bought 3-4 now an plan on more