Reading time 3 mins

It has been a while since I posted about my bullet journal. My last post about my bullet journal is actually a video. That bullet journal fell apart. Pages started coming loose and sadly I had to retire it. The fun part was picking a whole new journal and using what I learned from that journal in my new one.


I had purchased a Leuchtturm1917 Classic Hardcover for my daughter, Belle, last year. Even though I wasn’t using one for my journal, that is the one she wanted to start hers with. I didn’t like the set up on the Leuchtturm1917. I know a lot of people swear by it, but I didn’t like having pages wasted. Also, I can number my own pages, or not. i have been  numbering them in this notebook for no other reason then I want to see how many pages I am in.

For my new journal, I chose Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook, A5 size. I found this journal was half the price of a Leuchtturm1917 and had all the features I actually use. My main issues with the Leuchtturm1917 was the page for table of contents, which I don’t use, and the color of the pages. My Belle’s Leuchtturm1917 has yellowish pages. My Essentials Notebook has more of an off white color which is easier for me to look at. THe Essentials Notebook has a pocket in the back, and elastic band to keep it closed, a ribbon bookmark built in, and 192 dot-grid pages.


I am only using Sharpie Pens in my notebook this time, I like the clean fine lines and that they really don’t bleed through. I don’t experiment much with artistic drawings in my journal or watercolors. I am using my bullet journal to get organized and I don’t have gobs of free time for that, or talent. Let’s face it, some of us are not artists and that has to be okay.

I am using more of a minimal/functional type of approach to my bullet journal. Even though I can’t/shouldn’t draw, lol, I do like making pages for my journal. For me it is cathartic and relaxing to set up new weeklies, add lists, check them off and add symbols.

Instead of using an index, I started my journal with a six month calendar so I can see what’s coming up at a glance.

I stuck with full page monthly calendars for this journal and I am much happier with the way these look. Here are some of my monthlies. The picture quality on these isn’t great, but I think  you’ll get the gist of what they look like.


I also have been experimenting with different set-ups for my weeklies. I am pretty stuck on this basic pattern which leave plenty of room for me to write in on each day with room for me to make lists for each week.


I have also been using my bullet journal to track all kinds of blogging ideas and books to read.

Some of my pages include:

My TBR list

MY COYER Summer Reading List

Monthly trackers

and a full page Calendar for birthdays and holidays

So there’s a little peak into my bujo. Next time I will talk about more about my weeklies and how I am using my bullet journal to stay organized blogging.

Do you use a bullet journal? I would love to hear your thoughts and/or see your bujo. Leave a link to your site if you have posted about yours.

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