Hey everybody! Today’s post is a long-awaited Bullet Journal update. Since I started Bullet Journaling earlier this year, I’ve come to learn what I do and what I don’t like about the whole idea.
Here are some previous posts from my Leuchtturm1917 BuJo:
- My #PWMC page
Here’s what I loved about it:
- The color! I love the color of this notebook! I think it’s really beautiful and elegant.
- The paper in the Leuchtturm1917. The paper just feels nice. I enjoyed writing on it.
- Having everything in one place. Instead of having a planner and various lists in my head or on my phone, everything was in one place and easy to find thanks to the index in the front.
- The freedom to try out new things. I enjoy trying out new layouts and whatnot whenever the idea struck.
- Making it my own. I enjoyed not having a set layout to follow and really liked the flexibility of the system.
Here’s what I didn’t like:
- If I made a mistake, it was in the notebook forever…unless I used white-out (ugly) or tore a page out (ugly).
- Unable to add printed pages without glueing or taping them in. Sometimes I don’t want to draw the same layout by hand or draw a zillion lines with a ruler and pen. I can whip something up on my computer much faster. I can also use printable pages I find online instead of recreating them with pens and a ruler.
- There was no rhyme nor reason to the order of pages, and that drove me a bit crazy as I filled up the notebook.
Here’s what I learned about myself:
- I like having my pages grouped by type. If I come up with a new collection or tracker mid-year, I don’t want to put it in the middle of daily pages. I want it with the rest of my trackers or collections.
- I want to print my own pages sometimes.
- I don’t want to be confined to just one type of paper when it comes to lined, dotted, or grid. I want flexibility.
With that in mind, I looked at a few different notebooks and decided to move to a discbound notebook system. It has the flexibility of a binder but without the “school” look yet the feel of a spiral-bound notebook with the ability to move pages around.
Enter Office Depot’s TUL system. I probably would have gotten an ARC from Staples, but the nearest stores are 1-2 hours away…even though my city has half a million people in it and those cities are around or under 100,000. Go figure.
I enjoyed the size of the A5 Leuchtturm1917, so I figured I’d get the junior size in the TUL since it’s about the same. I got some extra grid pages, larger discs, and some tabs and headed home with my new planner.
Here’s some pics of my new TUL discbound BuJo:
Trying out my new Tombow brush pens for my month names.
Printed off a yearly calendar and started filling in symbols for important dates: blue gifts for birthdays, hearts for Valentine’s day/anniversary, some holiday-specific images, and gray headstones for the anniversaries of my parents’ deaths. That last one is sad, but it’s something that I’ll always put in my calendar.
And the best part:
TABS! Organize ALL the things!
- Flexibility is awesome
- Printing my own pages is great
- OMG TABS
Do any of you use a discbound system? What do you think about it? I think I’m a convert!
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