My new bullet journal – #2 for 2017

I used my first bullet journal for 2017 (and my 4th overall) for the first 6 months of the year, and when the time came to replace it, I had a couple of choices:

  • use a thicker notebook for another 6 months, or
  • use thinner notebooks so I could try out a couple of different styles

I asked for your feedback here and you weighed in 🙂

Ultimately, I decided to try out a dot grid notebook since I have used blank and lined paper before. So I went with the one at the bottom of this stack.

So how am I feeling about my bullet journal choice, 3 weeks in?

  1. It’s a smaller notebook, so I feel sometimes like I’m cramming things onto a to-do list
  2. I’m still getting used to the dots (they’re quite light) and to be honest, it feels like I’m writing on blank paper most of the time 🙂
  3. I feel zero perfectionism about writing in this notebook. I’m not sure if that’s because there are another two waiting for me or because it’s a smaller page with rougher paper so it feels like it lends itself more toward scribbles.
  4. I love the rougher paper because it “soaks up” my gel pens. Yum!
  5. I’ve had to cover my notebook with plastic because I don’t want stains or moisture on the cardstock cover.
  6. I’ve migrated nothing but I did reprint my friendship spreadsheet and I took photos of my reading pages 🙂

What type of paper do you most enjoy in a notebook? Lined, dot grid, grid or blank paper?

Did you start a new bullet journal at the start of the year? Are you still using the same one?

PS I used 3 bullet journals over the course of last year, but I only started in March 2016.

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  1. oooh, I love it!

  2. MamaCat says:

    I love the grid paper…the light grey grid. Dots, don’t really work for me. My letting go problem rears its head, but I prefer one book for the whole year, or longer. There are too many notes, ideas, scribbles in it and I seem to need it for longer.
    I also need to have dates, so I always use a traditional diary and make it work for me…and I get the same diary every year. It is A4 size so I can write anything, everything in it. No one is allowed to touch or even try to open it.

  3. I like lined paper and because my writing is big I prefer wide lined those thin lined paper just don’t do it for me. I end up Writing in two lines at once 🙂

    I’ve been using a digital journal more than paper so still
    Using the same one from last year

    • Marcia Francois says:

      Oh thank you for bringing up big writing. Mine is not super large but I don’t like to feel squashed 😮


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