How to Choose the Perfect J.O.T. Journal for You

Hi! Welcome to J.O.T. Journals, we're so happy you're here! 

J.O.T. Journals is a line of prompted journals for every age and stage of life. We have journals with prompts specific to children, youth, and adults. 

J.O.T. stands for Journals Over Time which means our journals allow for journaling over the progression of your life.

Our journals are unique because we offer journals to support healthy emotional habits by repetitive journal prompts for all ages. 

Before we dive into the journals themselves I want to take a minute and introduce myself to you!

My name is Karla Carlston, I'm the owner and creator of J.O.T. Journals! I am a former 1st grade teacher, with a masters degree in education, turned stay at home mom and entrepreneur. I have two beautiful children, a 4 year old little girl and a 2 year old boy, and one more little boy due at the end of March. We are BUSY to say the least. 

I created these journals in the middle of the night while nursing my then 6 week old son. I have struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety, after both of my children were born, in different forms and severities.

That night as I sat there nursing my baby I was overcome with feelings of loneliness. I had everything I wanted but I still felt like I was drowning and completely lost. I sat there and wondered what would I be remembered for? How could I remember all the good when most days were a tangle of dirty diapers, a sink full of dishes, piles of laundry, and toddler tantrums? I wished for a space that would hold all the good memories right alongside the hard. I thought, there must be a journal that could hold these type of prompts that were swirling inside my head. However, after an extensive google search I came up empty handed.

I started to jot down some ideas for prompts that would help cover my days, and realized I needed a journal that could be quick, affordable, and easy to get in the habit of doing. And slowly, in the wee hours of the night, J.O.T. Journals was born. I knew that I couldn't possibly be the only person feeling how I felt, and decided to embark on a business venture while simultaneously healing my heart. 

I named my company J.O.T. as an acronym to cover all stages of writers, and because the word "jot" means to write quickly, and busy people don't need one more thing on their plate. Instead I wanted to create these journals as a means to lift the burdens off your shoulders, and create a safe space to be heard and record your journey through life.

I launched this business in December of 2019, and over the course of the next year redesigned the Daily journal twice, and launched the Childhood and Youth journals! It's been an incredible year and we are only getting started!

Now let's meet the journals!


                      The J.O.T. Daily Journal


Everything you need to know about the J.O.T. Daily:
  • Intended for ages 18+
  • Soft touch laminate cover with lightly debossed logo
  • 200 pages 
  • 2 pages of prompts followed by 2 blank lined pages for each entry
  • 6 by 8 in size (perfect to slip into a purse!)
  • fun introductory pages
  • prompt key for reference 
  • several covers available on our website


          J.O.T. Youth Journal 











      Everything you need to know about J.O.T. Youth Journals:
  • designed for ages 12-18
  • 200 pages
  • size 6 by 8
  • soft touch laminate cover with lightly debossed logo 
  • fun introductory pages specifically designed for youth
  • 2 prompted pages followed by 2 free expression pages with space to draw freely and write freely
  • prompt key for reference 
  • daily affirmation starter reference page
  • three color options available on website


 J.O.T. Childhood Journal


Everything you need to know about J.O.T. Childhood Journals:

  • specifically designed for children ages 5-11 (younger children may require more support at the beginning)
  • 180 pages
  •  fun introductory pages
  • reference pages for sight words and spelling patterns to encourage independent writing skills
  • soft touch laminate with lightly debossed cover 
  • size is 7 by 10 with wide ruled lines
  • 2 prompted pages that repeat for each entry
  • space at the bottom of the second page to draw and write freely
  • 4 color options available on website  


There you have it! Our journals are meant to be loved on and written in, and we can't wait to see which one you choose!

Ready to find your perfect journal? Shop HERE 


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