Favorite Journals and Planners (+thoughts on Bullet Journaling)

bullet journaling with spiral bound lined paper

Bullet Journaling is a trend I’ve been very intrigued by lately, as I’m sick of carrying around multiple notebooks everywhere (a planner and a journal) to fill my needs of planning, note taking, and list making. And is it just me or is productivity positively linked to writing tasks down and crossing them off? I like my planner to have a daily view over what’s going on- but I don’t like that I’m limited to the little printed boxes, and I need a journal to write down thoughts, blog ideas, lists, inspiration, etc. I’m always working on simplifying my life so why not simplify my notebook situation? Yes, I do realize “there’s an app for that” but I just love all things paper too much to go completely digital.

So, bullet journaling seems pretty perfect for me. It is a notebook system, usually in a grid notebook, where you layout yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily tasks in page spreads. Spreads can include tasks and trackers to help complete goals. But my favorite part is that it can be laid out as simply as possible or as in depth as you want. I can include journaling pages, inspirational collage pages, or whatever my little heart desires in a planner. It is part scrapbook, part journal, part planner, and part notebook! For me, that is- someone else’s “bu-jo” may look completely different.
The usual notebook to use is a Leuchtturm1917, which is a dot grid, thread bound notebook. My current choice of a lined, spiral bound notebook was because I want to use what I have before purchasing anything else, and to see if I actually DO love the system. Also, I love spiral bound notebooks, so that limits the usual bu-jo options. I did find some fun ones with spirals that are completely customizable from Minted (no dot grid paper but their graph option would work nicely) and Erin Condren (dot grid paper is an option, as well as changing the metal color of the spiral, covers, and adding tons of fun accessories) But like I mentioned, I am not allowing myself to buy a new notebook until I use the ones I have! (But one of these may make it onto my Christmas list, just saying!)

For those of you who prefer to have a planner already laid out but like the idea of extra note pages and pops of fun inspirational images here and there, the day dreamer planner by thimblepress (below) is such a fun option!
Do any of you have a bullet journal? Do you have tips or thoughts for me?

personalized journals and notebooks from minted1. aperture notes notebook

2. dainty notebook

3. abstract watercolor notebook

bullet journal erin condren personalized dot grid spiral bound notebooks

1. Marquee Notebook

2. Watercolor Floral Notebook

3. Floral Heart Gold Metallic Notebook

4. Metallic Shibori Notebook


thimblepress planner the day dreamer

the day dreamer

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