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Dot Journaling―A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together Paperback – July 31, 2017
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In the past few years, I've started -- and stopped -- two dot journals. When I did use them, the system was effective and allowed me to really make it my own. Where my own personal blockages came in was when I went on social media to see how others formatted their journals and was inundated with images of complicated, artistic spreads that made me feel as if my dot journal was ugly. I'm of the minimalist approach, and seeing all of those gloriously decorated and colored bullet journals made me think I was doing it "wrong," so I stopped. (Silly, I know, but it's what happened, and I know I'm not alone in that.)
Then along came Rachel Wilkerson Miller's "Dot Journaling" book. She gives those of us who are intimidated by the artsy dot journalers permission to be our wonderfully minimalistic selves. She provides different types of simple, yet visually appealing, layouts for each section of a dot journal, allowing us to be as creative (or not) as we want. The humor she injects throughout is very engaging and fun to read.
I soon bought a Leuchtturm dot journal and some fine-tipped gel pens to begin my new dot journal journey. With the author's tips and insights, I've been able to thoroughly enjoy my third go-around into dot journaling. It's become a central part of my life and goes with me everywhere. I'm very glad I ordered this book!
I just love the idea of creating my own idiosyncratic diary/journal/planner/appointment book in a way that suits my needs. Although there was one aspect of the book I didn't like and that was at the very end when it seemed like one long advertisement for pens, fiddly buts, etc. If a person wants to get all decorative with theirs, more power to them, but I just want to bring a sense of order and centeredness to my life.
I do wish I had waited to start mine instead of just working my way through each chapter. There are some things I would really like at the beginning but are not. <shrug> I'll work with it as is and when I run of space, I'll assess and evaluate.
One thing, given the nature of what I did with my pages, I can see that a notebook with pages with grids or dots would have been less time consuming for me to set up. But I wasn't about to shell out money when I already have a collection of blank books to which I succumbed for no good reason.