The toughest part of keeping a journal isn't deciding what to write, but writing in the first place. The Mind Journal helps keep you motivated by providing a series of questions and tasks to kickstart your writing and give you added confidence. The prompts were massaged over months of testing, with feedback from psychologists, entrepreneurs, academics, and a host of other testers, and can be used with the included manual to get the most out of the journal. As for the book itself, it's roughly 6" x 8" in size and opens completely flat, with 176 ruled pages of Italian-made, recycled, acid-free paper — good for about six weeks of everyday writing — and a man-made leather exterior. It comes with the aforementioned manual and a custom-designed case that keeps it protected and your thoughts private.
Designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for Acme, the Scale Architect Pen serves two purposes for the house planner. It works with standard Brand X roller refills and performs admirably as a retractable writing tool. Its rotating triangular body allows it to function as an architect's scale, with several different scales represented, and also helps it to feel great in your hand. Crafted from aluminum with laser-etched markings and presented in a magnetic case.