Bullet Journals That Will Make Your Type-A Heart Skip a Beat
The Magic of Bullet Journals
Let's get one thing straight: No, bullet journaling isn't writing things out in bulleted lists. The bullet journaling method is actually a system for building your own planner in a notebook that's lined with dots. Think: Planner meets doodle art. (Here's more on how bullet journaling can help you reach your goals.)
First, you set up an index page (basically a table of contents). From there, you're only limited by your ideas. Journalists fill their books with daily pages, habit trackers, monthly calendars, or illustrations. Search "bullet journal" (or #bujo, the official abbreviation) on Instagram or the web and you'll find that 1) people get super intricate and creative, and 2) they're really particular about which bullet journal they use. Before you fall down a rabbit hole trying to decipher what page weight and bullet spacing are optimal, familiarize yourself with these noteworthy options.
Leuchtturm Hardcover Medium A5 Dotted Notebook
Bullet Grid Journal
This one gives off composition-book vibes, and it comes with eight pages of instructions that'll probably come in handy for bullet journal beginners.
Lemome Bullet Journal
Gold Zodiac Wheel Galaxy Bullet Journal
If you're a bullet journal nerd and an astrology nerd, this one's the clear winner.
Erin Condren Toile Yall Dot Grid Hardbound Notebook
Erin Condren is known for her planners, but she also sells dot grid journals. This one has a little more flair than your typical bullet journal with rose gold–trimmed pages and the option for personalization.
All Terrain: The Waterproof Notebook (3-Pack)
If you're constantly spilling things or plan to bullet journal outdoors, go with this waterproof option from All Terrain. Its pages are made of stone paper, which is grease resistant and can be written on when wet.
Essentials Large Black Dot Matrix Notebook
The crisp black cover on this journal won't compete with your illustrations for attention.
Archer & Olive Rose Gold Dot Grid Notebook
Archer & Olive's journals stand out when it comes to page quality. The company uses paper with a 160gsm weight. (That's grams per square meter and most journal pages don't top 100.) In other words, ghosting is a non-issue.
58th Ave Bullet Journal Kit
If you're just starting out, this value pack has everything you need. It comes with a hardcover journal, 10 rolls of washi tape, and four sheets of stencils. (Because if you haven't already figured it out: Free-handing is hard.)
Guided Recycled Dot-Grid Notebooks
Do the planet a solid and go with a recycled notebook over leather. These have a low page count, so they're perfect for anyone who wants to start a few journals with separate purposes.