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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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“It covers everything (seriously, everything) you could ever want to know about organizing your life into one simple journal.”—Apartment Therapy
“Anyone who needs a practical resource for getting his or her life in order will fit it with Miller’s step-by-step guide to Dot Journaling.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Do not waste your money on this trademark infringement when you can get its content free at the creator's website!!
The original creator, Ryder Carroll, has all of his trademarked content (what is found in this book that has been stolen and renamed to make money) posted free at bulletjournal.com. Calling Miller an "early adopter" is laughable; bullet journaling predates her "dot journaling": Carroll created his trademarked bullet journaling method in 2013. Miller's first article about bullet journaling on Buzzfeed, "WTF Is A Bullet Journal And Why Should You Start One? An Explainer [sic]" was written on May 31, 2016, and mentions her starting bullet journaling in January of 2016, a full three years after bullet journaling was created and had time to flourish. While yes, Miller acknowledges Carroll in her blog, she does not mention that his methods in their entirety are freely accessible at his website, which she has repackaged them in book form to be sold for $12.95 retail (or whatever price they are being sold for).
I was skeptical about putting work, family, home, diary, planning all in one place and also about the time sink of creating a freeform calendar/diary/planner from a blank notebook, but decided to just try it and start simple. I left several blank pages for an index. Then created a single page listing each day of the current month with space for a short note, so I can see major events of the month at a glance. On the back of that page I list goals/tasks for the month and also food ideas for the month (I love to cook from scratch and do a lot of meal planning). I laid out each day into a week per page and used the author's recommended symbols to indicate events and tasks.
Soon I was adding other sections like planning for a trip, fall veggie garden plan, wish list etc. It seemed strange to interleave these sections into a daily schedule and planner, however it works great as long as you number the pages and keep an index. I am so much more on top of the little things plus longer term goals and tasks do not fall off the radar. I can make plans so much more quickly and easily than in the past.
My notebook has no dots, so it's not as pretty as the pictures, but that's OK. Spiral binding and size is more important to me. The only problem now is that the journal has augmented my prefrontal cortex to the point that I'm terrified of losing it!