So you’ve decided to give bullet journaling a go. But, before you begin the first bullet journal, you have to choose the kind of journal you want to use.
Within this article, I’ll give you a quick overview of the three primary types of bullet journals used. They are the most popular and a great starting point for newbie bullet journalers. This will help you decide which is best for you.
But most importantly, just get started. Jump in, give one journal a try and see if if suits you. If it doesn’t, you can then try a different sort of journal to end up with the best for you.
Let’s take a look at the options.
A Plain Notebook – The Perfect Starting Point
The simplest way to get started is by using any notebook you have laying around. If nothing suits, or you don’t have one around, you can buy any plain affordable notebook to get started.
If you just want to give bullet journaling a try, it doesn’t matter whether it’s ruled, grid lined, or has blank pages. Any kind of notebook works.
The beauty of bullet journaling is it’s simple and inexpensive to find something to experiment with. The disadvantage is the fact that cheaper notebooks have a tendency to break apart after lots of use, aren’t very customizable and you will need to number the pages yourself.
Though having said that, I suggest this is where you begin. It’s what I did before spending more money on better quality notebooks. It’s best to try it out and find out if bullet journaling is for you before unnecessarily spending money.
If it is, you can then move onto other kinds of notebooks that will cost a bit more.
A Quality Notebook – The Next Step
Apart from making your bullet journaling a better experience, a better quality notebook has some advantages. The paper is going to be nicer to write on and they are usually bigger. This means it might be possible to fit a whole year of journaling into the notebook.
Bullet journaling requires you to employ numbered pages for indexing. There’s a couple of notebook editions available which include numbered pages such as the Leuchtturm 1917 journal.
A Travel Journal – Mix and Match
Another choice is a travel journal or Midori. These consist of a protective leather cover and a number of replaceable inserts locked in place by elastic bands.
The big benefit of utilizing a Midori style journal for bullet journaling is it can be highly customized. Rather that using an index and getting your collections or lists spread randomly all through your journal, you can have a dedicated insert for collections.
Also, if you are missing a classical calendar layout for the monthly pages, use a classical monthly and weekly calendar inside your bullet journal.
Finally, by getting the fundamental areas of your bullet journal (monthly spreads, daily sections, and collections) separated, you are able to replace just what is needed, not the whole journal. Which means whenever your daily journaling notebook is full, you just start a replacement. There is no need to duplicate any essential collections inside a new journal. You retain your collections until you’re ready to replace them and start a new journal.
Those are the 3 most popular bullet journal notebooks to start with. Regardless of what type of notebook you’re considering for your bullet journal, give it a go.