Want to be an outstanding leader, or remembered for an amazing achievement? Then start journalling.

Feeling stuck for inspiration can happen to the best of us, and this week we’ve sought inspiration from some of the greatest minds of today and yesterday whose journals have played a role in their successes.

Frida Kahlo

The Mexican artist famously used her journal as an artistic expression charting the inner workings of her subconscious mind. A personal artistic account, Kahlo’s doodles almost formed a self-portrait. “I am,” the artist famously once said, “the subject I know best.”

Thomas Edison

One of the most successful inventors in American history, at the time of his death Thomas Edison left behind more than five million pages recording his everyday thoughts, ideas and plans for the future. A firm believer in note-taking, Edison was also a champion of the to-do-list.


Mark Twain

Journalling doesn’t have to mean pages full of paragraph after paragraph. The American author Mark Twain was a fan of brainstorming in his journal, jotting down ideas and potential names for his characters in his future novels.

Leonardo da Vinci

Don’t be restricted to words – drawings can help your thoughts and journal come to life. The Italian visionary Leonardo da Vinci was a big fan of diagramming his ideas in his notebooks.

Charlotte Brontë

As a means of escaping her unfulfilling day job, Charlotte Brontë flexed her storytelling muscles by journalling nightly, which doubled as a way to unburden her from the day’s work and to cultivate a creative outlet. Characteristic of Brontë’s journals was the size of her writing, known to cover the size of a 5 x 7-inch photo with text so small, it amounted to nearly two thousand words.

Where will your journalling take you? We’d love to hear of your successes.


About Paperblanks: When creating our Paperblanks line, we were driven by a desire to keep the beauty of books alive. By drawing inspiration from great artists and craftspeople, our aim is to help you feel inspired and creative every day and to help you create your own personal pieces of art. For more about Paperblanks and our journals, visit our website at paperblanks.com.


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