Messy? Unproductive? Need to dismantle your privilege? There’s a guided journal for that

From tough love titles to budgeting manuals, guided journals are no longer the domain of niche and self-help publishers. Jenny Valentish puts some to the test

The pleasure of watching a streak of positive habits accumulating on a whiteboard has become almost a dependency for me. So much so, I debated packing it in my suitcase for a short trip away.

But the humble whiteboard has a more portable, sophisticated upgrade: the guided journal. A few years ago I thought the trajectory of these workbooks – designed to probe or organise different facets of your behaviour or health – had probably peaked.

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