Well, after a massive amount of staring at a computer screen, it seems the Leuchtturm1917 A5 dot-grid notebooks fit the bill for both SWMBO and myself.
A while ago I saw the Bullet Journal website. It seems to be a thing now.
Looked like a cool idea, though I wasn’t sure I’d like to carry a larger notebook around – which it seemed I would need in order to utilise it properly.
For a while I have used a Wellspring Flip Note little notepad thing. It works well for short term notes, it is small enough that I can jam it in my pocket with keys or wallet (I don’t put things in phone pocket due to my dislike of scratched/broken screens) and I always have it on me.
A larger notebook I won’t necessarily carry on my person or have immediately handy, so I would think I’ll still use this little notepad.
But I want to try the Bullet Journal type system for organising my life.
I saw a couple of posts on Google+ regarding Workflowy so I have been using that, both on PC and Android. It works, but due to my job I don’t always have access and using it on my phone is annoying sometimes.
I lose things. I dislike that I forget things due to them being nested out of view. Using my Wellspring Flipnote works better in that regard, but I can’t fit EVERYTHING in it.
Now I tend to just use Workflowy for storing links to things… I guess it’s my bookmark list now.
So, Bullet Journal has led me to do ridiculous research on notebooks. Initially squared grid style pages were what I sought. Searching on Google does bring a ridiculous amount of results for Moleskine. Which as SWMBO pointed out while watching the Bullet Journal Video (it’s what he uses apparently), shows ink from the page behind one you have turned it. Also it appears fountain pens bleed through. So I want better paper – I’m undecided if I’ll use a fountain pen though.
I also found out about dot grid pages. So basically there is a dot where the intersecting lines would be on a squared grid. Interesting, and I do like it. If you’re curious: dot grid images.
I found possibly some suitable notebooks with these pages, but the one I liked had perforated pages. I think that would annoy me, I won’t want to remove pages for what I’m doing and I would not want to inadvertently remove pages while being fat fingered. I’m not keen on purchasing a notebook just to see how easy it is to pull the pages out.
- interpunctedthirty: bullet journal rehashed <- Quite helpful, check the older posts too.
- Lifehacker: five-best-paper-notebooks
…I had to reboot and lost the pages I had open. Oops. Anyway, there’s a lot of stuff out there on various blogs regarding Bullet Journal. Lots of reading to do.
I only have a few basic criteria:
- Squared grid paper
- Decent quality paper
I showed SWMBO Whitelines range, and initially she thought it was a gimmick but now this is her main requirement:
- Not dark lines (SWMBO: Preferably white, in fact)