Now that you’ve decided to give bullet journaling a shot, you’ll want to decide on the type of journal you want to use. There many different kinds of journals and it can be hard to choose one. Here’s a quick rundown of the three most popular bullet journal notebooks to help you get started.
It’s okay to keep things simple in the beginning. Don’t get derailed by perfectionism. The most important thing is to just get started. You can always try a different type of journal later on if you want.
Just a Plain Old Notebook
The cheapest and easiest way to get started is with any blank notebook that you happen to have lying around the house. You can also visit your favorite department or office supply store and get an inexpensive one to get started. It might be a good idea to check them out in person to see if you prefer ruled, grid or blank pages. Any type of notebook will work for bullet journaling, it depends on your individual preference.
One advantage of a regular notebook is that it’s easy and inexpensive to find something to play around with while you learning the basics of bullet journaling. However, the disadvantage is that cheaper notebooks tend to fall apart pretty quickly, aren’t customizable, and you have number the pages yourself.
If you’re new to bullet journaling and aren’t sure if it will work for you, start with a cheap notebook. If you find that you like it, you can move on to one of the other types of notebooks.
A Moleskin or Leuchtturm Notebook
These notebooks are considered the gold standard in bullet journaling. When you’re ready to upgrade to a quality journal you’ll enjoy writing in and are proud to display, consider spending a few extra dollars on a Moleskin or Leuchtturm notebook. You’ll enjoy the look and feel of a quality product that you can take everywhere or just keep on your desk.
In addition to the improved sensory feel, a quality notebook has some additional benefits to consider. Besides being nicer to write in, it usually about 250 pages and you may be able to fit an entire year’s worth of notes and journaling in one notebook, depending on how busy you are. Additionally, some of these journals are already indexed and numbered for you.
A Travel Journal or Midori
Another popular option is a travel journal or Midori. This journal consists of a decorative piece of leather used for a cover and a series of replaceable inserts held in place by elastic bands. One big advantage of using a Midori style journal for your bullet journaling is that you can customize it for your own needs.
A Midori gives you the flexibility of keeping a dedicated insert for collections instead of having them randomly spread throughout your journal. If you you prefer a traditional calendar layout for your monthly pages, you can easily find a traditional monthly and weekly insert to include in your journal.
Finally, since you will have the essential parts of your bullet journal (monthly spreads, daily sections, and collections) separated, you’ll only have to replace the parts that you need to replace. This means when your daily journaling notebook is full, you can just get a new insert for that section. You won’t have to go back and copy over any essential collections from the old journal into the new one. You’ll keep your collections until you’re ready to replace them and start with a new insert for those.
No matter which notebook style you prefer, the most important thing is to just get started.
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