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How To (And Why) Use a Quest Journal


When bullet journaling exploded as a trend a year or so ago, people quickly started sharing the different layouts and techniques that helped them get the most of this productivity tool. As time went on, these layouts became less about getting stuff done, and more about getting stuff down—recording and keeping track of where or how you were, so you could take stock of where to head next.

Journaling as a mental health activity isn’t anything new, but the popularity of #BuJo—and, by extension, journaling in general—has made it an option for a wider audience. Where once keeping a diary was seen as simply an activity for writers or “creatives,” now anyone and everyone is encouraged to try and get their thoughts on paper, if only to clear out the mind. A physical notebook can be a helpful tool in dealing with things such as stress or anxiety. The tangible act of writing things down on paper helps you detach from situations even as you mark them down for future reference.


If you’re looking to work on both your productivity and mental wellness, keeping a planner-journal hybrid may be the best habit to pick up in 2019, and the Quest Journal might be the best tool to do just that. In essence, the Quest Journal is simple: two refillable and interchangeable notebooks bound together in a leather sleeve by elastics. There are no prompt pages, no monthly layouts, no worksheet activities designed to “jumpstart” your productivity. There are only blank (or lined, or dot-grid, depending on the refills you choose) pages, waiting for you to fill them up.

This may sound less-than-ideal for those used to traditional “planner” formats, with their prescribed weekly/monthly/daily layouts, budget tracking sheets, etc.. Those looking to focus more on the planning and tracking side of productivity might be better opt choosing a more traditional, pre-made system such as the classic Belle de Jour Power Planner or the minimalist Essentials Planner.

The Quest Journal is more about flexibility than prescribed methods, adapting to the lifestyle of the user. While traditional planners may offer a set page or half-page as daily writing space, the Quest Journal allows you to decide how much or how little you need to say per day, as well as what exactly you deem important to get down: to-do list, brain dump, journal entry, quotable quotes, etc.

The interchangeable notebook system also allows you to keep multiple notebooks for different purposes, switching them out daily as you need them, while the durable vegan leather sleeve means that your pages are protected from the elements. A vinyl zippered pouch and separate vinyl pockets help hold important things like cards, photos, cash, receipts, and random documents, allowing you to transform your Quest Journal into a purse if need be. The leather sleeve itself also allows ample space for “expanding” your system by more additional notebooks: Simply bind the additional booklets to the two main inserts using thick, industrial rubber bands.

Inspired by the traveler’s notebook system, the Quest Journal is made for people who want something they can take along for the ride, whether that be an actual trip (hence the passport-sized version of the Quest), or simply daily life as a whole. If you’ve tried the conventional planner system and are looking for something that allows you the space to design your own year (and life), the Quest Journal is an ideal option for you. Coming in three sizes—travel, medium, and mini, and a variety of colors, BDJ’s Quest is adaptable, flexible, portable, and most of all, entirely yours.


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