I’m a sucker for a book on organizing. Or planning. Or both.
Have you ever tried to make a bullet journal? (Or, if you’re like me, you’ve just filled up an entire Pinterest board with bujo inspiration instead).
I’m always attracted to the ongoing list/journaling of bullet journals and that everything is personalalized. Everything is YOURS. YOU make lists and layouts that YOU care about.
But I have to admit, I’ve started a bullet journal a few times, and I’ve never been able to stick with it for more than a week or two.
I recently read Dot Journaling, A Practical Guide: How to Start a Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together by Rachel Wilkerson Miller.
This is kind of a step-by-step how-to for starting your now dot journal.
Call me crazy, but having a sort-of instructional manual made the process a whole lot easier!
Here were some of my favorite systems!
The Basics of Dot Journaling
First of all, a Dot Journal has the same planning layouts as a traditional planner (that is, if you want it to!). Yearly spread, monthly, etc. But what I was really fascinated by, and wanted to know more about, were all the symbols!
Of course, you can always make your own, but here is how Rachel suggests using them…
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She also recommends using a blank square box for events and coloring them in with different colors, depending on what the event is. For example:
Blue Square = work event
Green Square = school event
Pink Square = personal/home event
Most importantly, make it whatever YOU want it to look like! Otherwise, it will be harder to stick with it.
Using Your Dot Journal as a Diary
This is something I like about the Passion Planner. It not only allows you to look forward and plan, but to look back and reflect. The chapter about diaries was very interesting because guess what diaries used to look like? LISTS!
Until about 100 years ago when we started writing paragraph after paragraph of our daily dramas in them. I kind of love this way of thinking about diaries, because it forces you to think of/write a highlight or outstanding moment from each day. And when these lists are put together, they’ll still tell the beautiful story of your life!
Making Your Dot Journal Your Own
You know how sometimes you get a planner, and you like the layout but you don’t love the color scheme? Or you think the colors are beautiful, but you wish there was more room to write on the weekends? (WHY do they always make Saturday and Sunday so small?!?!).
Dot Journaling means you’ll never have to deal with that. Because YOU are using the exact layouts, colors, etc. that work for you. This is where you have the perfect to follow a million Instagram accounts with beautiful bujo (or dojo?) inspiration!
Making a dot journal is an excuse to buy a new cute notebook and pens in every beautiful color you want a sure way to keep your to-do list relevant to your life.
Do you keep a bullet journal or dot journal? If so, what tips and tricks do you have for starting one and sticking with it?!