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Mind Journal is a groundbreaking new journal built around a powerful framework that gets guys writing. Kickstart your writing today.
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Mind Journal: A Groundbreaking New Journal For Guys

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Email me info@mindjournals.com
Email me info@mindjournals.com

Mind Journal is a powerful yet simple journal designed for the modern day man. It uses a straightforward framework that gives guys the power of writing as a way of navigating the challenges of life.

Years ago the idea of a man sitting and jotting down his thoughts in a book, was common place. Over the years this has sadly been lost. Guys no longer pour their highs and lows down on paper. And with it has come an epidemic failure to provide men with the necessary tools to cope with modern day stresses.

Now is a more crucial time than ever for guys to get writing again.

I’ve personally lived with anxiety and panic attacks for most of my life and the one thing that has helped me the most is a journal. But every time I go to write, I always have the same thoughts and feelings prior to writing — I don’t really want to do this and what the heck do I write?

So I’ve created Mind Journal — a journal built around a set of questions and tasks that build strength from within, the more you use it. They’re more than just writing prompts. What I’ve created is a simple yet effective framework that will help kickstart your writing sessions, every time.

Oh and I’ve even produced a neat little manual to help you get the most out of using your Mind Journal. This comes with every journal along with a custom designed case that helps not only protect your journal but also keeps it safe from nosy so-and-so's.

Powerful Questions

Using powerful questions that vary in difficulty as you progress, Mind Journal can help in a variety of situations that life often throws at you. It's a bit like a Swiss Army Knife, full of lots of little tools that help in a number of different scenarios.

These questions cover topics that focus on your past, present and future. I’ve written them as open-ended thought triggers — things to get your brain ticking before you start writing. All of this has been created as part of a framework that increases in difficulty as you work through the journal. And the further you get, the more pages I give you to use in your writing.

The idea is to not overwhelm you too early on with too many blank pages and tough questions. This is all about building up a healthy new habit with manageable and effective tasks.

Instruction Manual

Unlike any other journal on the market, Mind Journal comes with a simple instruction manual to help you get even more from your writing experience. Inside, you’ll find additional bits of inspiration such as short stories from me along with other tasks you might like to try.

It’s about giving you as much guidance and support as possible, to keep you motivated and positive. Because let’s be honest, using a journal can feel like a chore and something you have to do. Mind Journal solves this by actively encouraging you in all your writing sessions.

It’s so easy to use, it quickly becomes a natural part of your lifestyle and has been designed to complement all the other tools in your life that you love and use, everyday.

A New Kind of Tool
A New Kind of Tool
Every Day Carry
Every Day Carry

For my entire life I’ve always helped people. From helping my mum as she suffered from bipolar to becoming a designer, a role that involves solving problems that help people.

I’ve also had my fair share of badness over the years. I lost my mum to suicide when I was 19, and suffered a mental breakdown two years later. I’ve been affected by anxiety, panic attacks and crippling headaches most of my life, yet the thing that has saved me more than once, was the advice I was given years ago — to keep a journal. And that’s what I’ve been trying to do ever since. 

Me and mum on top of the world
Me and mum on top of the world

With a journal I can be completely honest and unafraid of any repercussions. I often struggle to convey my true emotions and thoughts verbally to another person — I don’t want to be perceived as weak or have them judge me.

But most journals are blank and therefore not that inspiring. It’s this aspect that causes my pre-journal anxiety. This blank page that just stares back at me. So after years of trying to keep a journal and seven months of hard graft — I’ve created a new kind of journal. One that actively helps you to successfully keep a journal and feel confident doing so.

I’m doing this because I know the profound power of the simple action of writing down how you feel. I’m doing this because I know that things get tough, and that writing helps.

I’m not doing this for recognition, money or fame. I’m doing this because I wish something like this existed years ago when I was going through a tough time.

Right from the beginning, when I first had the idea for Mind Journal, Karen has had a massive influence on the outcome of the campaign. Not only from her background as a professor in psychology and human behaviour, but also from her desire and passion to help others to do things differently. Her support and advice along the way have been invaluable.

In this article, Karen covers why the act of physically writing can use parts of the brain not used in talking and why this is benefical to guys in particular. If you’re still on the fence, go read this.

Read more amazing articles on the power of journaling here:

With you, no matter where you go
With you, no matter where you go

Designed in England. Made in Italy.

I’ve done my best to source not only the finest materials but also top-notch people that do this kind of thing incredibly well. Luckily they’ve all been based in Brighton, England which is where I live and work.

The production of Mind Journal has been helped by the super-talented William Sadowski — a custom photo book maker by day and firefighter by night. He’s got over a decade of experience in crafting the most amazing photography books and has come up trumps with what he’s helped create for Mind Journal.

William in his amazing workshop
William in his amazing workshop

Journal Specifications:

  • 150mm x 210mm (Large A5) 
  • 100% Italian made recycled, acid free and ink proof ivory paper (100gsm)
  • 176 ruled pages allowing for approximately six weeks of writing (if writing everyday)
  • Soft smooth man-made leather journal cover with debossed logo on the back
  • Durable, water resistant and crushproof cover
  • Industrial grade loose black band for easy fastening
Every Mind Journal comes with a stunning case for protection & privacy
Every Mind Journal comes with a stunning case for protection & privacy

Testing, testing and more testing

Mind Journal is not something I've just thrown together. It's had months and months of planning, testing and prototyping. Each question and task has been put through a series of tests to help create the optimum final set. The input has come from psychologists, academics, consultants, entrepreneurs and a range of testers who subscribed via the launch website.

Every element has been carefully crafted and considered. Right down to the font, colour palette, materials, line heights, shade of paper and more. This is not something that's just been sourced off-the-shelf. Mind Journal is a highly bespoke blend of labour, experience, knowledge and craftsmanship. 

The Mind Wall I created to help create the best possible journal experience
The Mind Wall I created to help create the best possible journal experience
                   

Stretch Goals!

Since you have helped Mind Journal reach 30K you can now choose if you would like a black cover on your journal or a Limited Edition Grey.

For those of you that have backed more than one journal, you can mix and match your journals and the end of the project — I'll be sending out survey's for you to let me know which colour or colours you would like.

New 50K Stretch Goal!

As a thank you for helping Mind Journal reach 50K I'll be sending out an eBook I've been working on that covers my techniques to cope with anxiety, anger, pain, depression, loneliness and confusion. It's small yet powerful little book that I hope can help people no matter what they're going through.

 Custom Gift Note

This is an example of how the Gift Note will look. The black reverse will be your unique message which I will design individually. I'll be sending out surveys at the end for you to tell me the message you would like to say to the person you are giving it to. I can also ship it to them if you would prefer.

These Gift Notes are beautifully designed and printed on super thick, luxury card with a powerful quote on the front written by myself and other authors. If there is a specific quote you would like, feel free to let me know in the survey.

                   

After seven months of hard graft, I’ve finally made it to Kickstarter. It’s not been easy but I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. But the hard work is not over yet, this is just the start. And I need your help to bring Mind Journal to life!

The money raised on Kickstarter will go directly into the manufacturing of the journals. The minimum order quantity set by the suppliers is 500 units. The small amount of money left over will be to cover fullfillment materials and labour.

There is a real pressure on guys in today’s society to look a certain way, to perform at an increasing capacity and to cope unfaded and without question. And there’s a ton of products and tools on the market to help with this: gyms, nutrition supplements, productivity apps etc..

But there is nothing to help guys cope with their mental welfare. This is where Mind Journal becomes powerful. Its stripped back, no-nonsense approach does away with any doubt or scepticism. It's for the modern, everyday guy that doesn’t meditate or do yoga — the guy that believes in the power of simple things and simple solutions.

I’m a 29-year-old award-winning graphic designer from Brighton, England. Working from a recycled shipping container, I help brands find purpose through meaningful design. When I’m not obsessing over pixels, paper and type I’m inventing other ways to improve people’s lives.

Thanks for reading and taking part in my mission, Ollie

I’d like to say thanks to the following people for helping me get to where I am and for making Mind Journal happen.

My mum obviously, my dad and my sister for always having my back, my amazing girlfriend for her strength, support & help in every area of this project, William Sadowski for his knowledge & help with the book design, Karen Pine for her input professionally and personally, Colin Jenkinson for his advice to push myself further, James Hole for his kick-ass photography skills, Other Finger Films for the amazing video & banter, Louise Ash for marketing support & tons of advice and Clive Andrews for helping me nail the words.

And lastly I’d like to thank every single one of you from the internet who I don’t know but feel that I do. Your feedback and appreciation has kept me going all the way.

                                                                                                                  

Interested in writing about me and my mission? My press kit is available for download here. Also, please feel free to email me directly at press@mindjournals.com or leave me a message if you have any questions.

                   

Risks and challenges

Even though I’ve planned the heck out of this, manufacturing a bespoke, high-quality journal is a big mission. I’ll be working with only two manufacturers to limit any risk. The core journal will be made in Italy by a family-run bookbinders, that specialise in custom journals. They also make their own paper and are in full control of the entire process. They’ve been doing it for hundreds of years so I have all the faith that they’ll deliver perfection, on time. As for the case and the instruction book, that will be handled in the UK by a specialist custom packaging firm.

My challenges include ensuring each and every Mind Journal is finished to the quality of workmanship I am promising to my backers. Once the journals are manufactured I’ll have them delivered to my studio in Brighton, England where I will personally quality check and ship each one to my backers across the world.

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