Last spring, bullet journals took the Internet by storm thanks to an article published by Buzzfeed explaining bullet journals and the method behind this creative form of agenda-keeping. Instagram hashtags showed off the best bullet journals and their beautiful pages of to-do lists and monthly goal trackers decorated with colorful doodles, while articles provided in-depth explanations on how to how to make a bullet journal.
The perfect way to personalize your planner and put all of your creative musings together in one place, bullet journaling has a unique system to keep you organized. And while there is an official bullet journal, this system can easily be done in almost any dotted grid notebook, but there are a few key features that can be helpful.
First, quality is especially important with a bullet journal. Since bullet journals are used daily, they should be made out of heavier, ink-proof paper for double-sided musings and durable enough to outlast traveling around in stuffed backpacks. It can also come in handy to pick up a notebook that comes with a dedicated index, numbered pages, and multiple but sewn-in bookmarks for optimal organization. It's also important to consider your own budget and the amount of pages you'll finish — some people can stick with one book for a full 200 pages while others will want to bail after 80.
Luckily, there's an assortment of high rated notebooks across the web perfect for all budgets and skill levels. So whether you're a beginner who needs a little guidance or a pro seeking to splurge on a high-end notebook, here's a list of the best notebooks for bullet journaling on the web.
1. The Official BuJo Notebook If You're Ready To Go All In
Designed especially with the bullet journal system in mind, this Leuchtturn1917 notebook — affectionately known as "The BuJo Notebook" — features all of the key components for setting up a bullet journal. The 249 pages of ink-proof paper include quick-reference index pages, a key for the bullet system's "signifiers," as well as numbered grid dot pages for monthly, daily, and "Future" logs. The three color-coded, woven bookmarks make navigating the notebooks varying sections easy. And notebook aficionados will appreciate that this hardcover notebook is thread-bound so it opens flat and has an elastic enclosure band and gusseted pocket.
2. A Cult-Favorite Notebook That Comes In 15 Different colors
By the same brand that makes the official bullet journal, but at a lower price point, this Leuchtturm 1917 hardcover notebook has you covered with 249 acid-free, ink-proof pages. The hardcover journal features a table of contents, numered pages, and has a thread-bound binding so that it lays flats. Built with an expandable pocket, an elastic closure, two sewn-in bookmarks, and available in 15 different colors, it's no wonder that more than 1,500 Amazon users have left glowing reviews.
3. A Vegan Leather Journal That Includes Productivity Pages
If the freedom of bullet journaling makes you nervous, or if you're a beginner seeking guidance, this notebook is the best middle ground. The 250-page journal comes with 174 dot grid pages and 76 predesigned ones including yearly calendars, monthly reflections, password lists, inspirational quotes and productivity trackers. Available in millennial pink and royal blue, Minte's hardcover notebook has a vegan leather exterior with a secure magnetic closure and contains a ribbon bookmark to help keep track of your progress.
4. A Basic, But Cute Grid Dot Journal At Bargain Price
This 132-page journal is a steal at just $5. Crafted with three table of content pages which specifically come in handy for bullet journaling, this notebook is a standard 5.5 by 8.5 inches and can easily fit into a large purse. One reviewer wrote it was the "perfect size and great quality."
5. A Large Journal With Perforated Pages For Indecisive Writers
Paipur's large notebook comes in at almost 10 by 8 inches making it specious pick for note taking, idea jotting, and planning. Crafted with over 150 pages of recycled 100gsm paper that stops ink blotting, this journal makes writing a dream. A combination design of dot grid pattern on the left pages and wide-rule on the right and it features an expandable pocket — all useful features for keeping your journal organized. This completely perforated notebook comes in four different colors.
6. A Three Journal Set For People That Can't Commit
Committing to just one journal can be hard, luckily Newestor's multipack gives you the flexibility to move between cohesive notebooks. Each journal contains 80 pages of 80gsm paper that can easily handle fountain and brush pens. The lay flat sewn binding allows for smoother writing while the five and a half by eight and a quarter inch sizing is perfect for portability.
7. A Cute Journal That Comes With A Bunch Of Extras
Keeping organized is a priority with Lemome's bullet journal which includes a table of contents and pre-numbered pages. The journal has 183 pages of 100gsm recycled paper that use no fluorescer, actively preventing glare and protecting eyes. The exterior, which reads "The Way We Think," is available in four colors and is designed to lay flat. The notebook also comes with a sturdy sewn-in elastic pen holder, flexible soft ruler, free erasable tabs and a gel ink pen.
8. A Small Italian Leatherette Notebook With Fancy French Paper
Built for durability, Rhodia utilizes the famous French Clairefontaine paper, known for its exceptional color and ultra-smooth acid-free sheets. The hard-bound notebook has an embossed Italian leatherette cover, an inner expandable pocket and a ribbon marker. With 96 sheets of 90gsm paper, this notebook is marked as fountain pen-friendly. One reviewer wrote, "This little notebook is a small work of art. The cover is very soft and friendly. There is a ribbon to mark pages, and a rubber band to hold it closed. Most importantly, the paper invites the ink to flow just perfectly, expressively, without a smudge and there are no shadows on the other side of the page."
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