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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

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  4,440 ratings  ·  430 reviews
Organize your life, record what matters, and get stuff done!

What the heck is a dot journal? It’s a planner, to-do list, and diary for every aspect of your life: work, home, relationships, hobbies, everything.

Early adopter Rachel Wilkerson Miller explains how to make a dot journal work for you—whether you find the picture-perfect examples on Pinterest inspiring or, well, in
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 31st 2017 by The Experiment
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Rebecca
I've been doing a dot journal (bullet journal) for almost a year now, and going online for tips can be overwhelming. This book is the antidote: clean, simple, and, most importantly, finite. Although the book mostly keeps to the basic notebook-and-pen approach, it occasionally strays into the product-centric privilege so prevalent in the online community ("empty iPhone boxes are the perfect size for storing washi tape!"). Still, it's one of the best overviews I've read, full of practical visual e ...more
Eia
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Great guide but didn't mention Ryder Carroll. His website has a lot more to offer in terms of guides and how to understand the concept of "intentional living" through bullet journaling. And they're all free. This book is just a supplement. 8 to 10 bucks is not much, but there are others out there offering free guides - - bullet journal advocates like Boho Berry or Tiny ray of sunshine or sunshine and stationery. There's tons of resources online, Youtube, Pinterest or Instagram and they're all fo ...more
Melina Souza
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ótimo, didático e inspirador :)
Airi
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to find this title in our bookstore as I didn't really think bullet journaling is a thing in my city and I agonised whether this is a book I should spend my money on, mainly because I knew there's tonnes of similar information online, which I have been checking out mainly on YouTube. I bit the bullet (heh) and purchased it and as someone else in the review section said, the great thing about this guide is that it's finite. So once you've read it, you can just put the book down an ...more
Stella
This book is totally Marie Kondo of journaling! The author is hands-on and really, really has tried everything she is talking about.

She has written for the obsessed. (me, me!)

I always used to have one notebook going where I write everything down but I realized in the past few years, I was using different media for different things I used to write down in my notebooks (Wunderlist for TO DOs, Evernote for pretty much EVERYTHING, Goodreads for Books, Google Calendar and an ongoing excel file for
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Emma Sea
the dot grid pages in the back are a nice idea, but if i'm too scared i'll screw up a blank journal, the alternative of screwing up a printed book someone else might read is in no way reassuring
Pam Lemke
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Resource for Getting Started With Bullet Journaling

I got interested in bullet journaling as a way to track habits. I initially turned to the internet and Pinterest for ideas, but found myself intimidated by others' superior design skills and calligraphy! This book reminded me that the bullet journal is meant to be an organizational tool, and that my bullet journal didn't need to be beautiful and sporting advanced calligraphy in order to be useful to me!

It also gave me some ideas about how
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Chris
Yes, you can get all of this content hither and thither online, but - I just really like having it all in a single place. The book is fairly bristling with sticky tape flags marking things I want to remember or reference.
2019: I reread this since I was reading The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future - Miller's book is a nice example of a slightly different way to bullet journal. And her many layout examples are frequently more helpful than those of The Bul
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Shelli
Trying to learn dot journaling from Instagram is like trying to learn how to swim by watching Michael Phelps at the Olympics. Fortunately, 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 is a no-frills how-to that won't intimidate you with over-the-top decorations and embellishments, but rather just gives you basic instructions for creating and customizing your journal format. Its emphasis is on utilit ...more
Elizabeth A
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, art, non-fiction
I am one of those people who got on the bullet journal bandwagon early, so was interested in seeing what this book had to offer. It's simply BuJo by another name. I did not learn anything new, and am actually rather disturbed that the author does not seem to credit Ryder Carroll, who created the system, at all. There are tons of people on Instagram and online with BuJo spreads if you are in search of inspiration, and if you are part of this world already, you know that spreads can be as plain or ...more
Andrew
I have been considering journaling to help me organise information and was looking for ideas on how to proceed. This book contains much advice as well a number of examples which you can use or adapt.
Overall I have found this a useful resource.
Rafaela Prado
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ótimo guia para começar a criar o seu diário rápidamente. Por ser bastante focado no por quê de fazer um diário em tópicos não nos deixa ansiosas focando em caligrafia ou layouts elaborados.
Jhoanna
A great, fast read on dot journaling (what some others call "bullet journaling") - what it is, how it works and sample layouts for you to try.

I've been curious about this all-in-one format of planner, to do list and diary, but found most explanations overly complicated and confusing. Miller boils things down very simple with lots of examples.

I read it in one night and will be testing out dot journaling myself this week!
L.A.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely, useful introduction to the current organization craze.

You'll learn stuff, too! This isn't just a how-to - it's a "why people have," interspersed with excerpts from famous journals and lots of tidbits about the lost art of journal-keeping. Well, mostly lost, as Miller is right here to revive it for you.

And revive it she does. Those already familiar with dot/bullet journals can jump right to the layout chapters and be inspired by Miller's lovely layouts (she includes a list of pens/suppl
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Colona Public Library
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: april, non-fiction
I started and stopped Bullet Journaling last year. I enjoyed it, but did not want to put a lot of work into it. This book gave me some ideas on how to organize and layout my pages to it was more helpful to me. This book gave me a lot of great ideas on how to set up my journal and ideas on what I should include in it. The pictures in this book of journal entries has given me the inspiration to try Bullet Journaling again. The chapters were divided into different sections. The first few chapters g ...more
Libby May
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was helpful, the guides and examples were soooo good. Rachel's notes and funnies were good. And most of her quirks that she had to work out when she started journaling I already figured out a long time ago, so it doesn't bother me anymore.
However, there were three instances of bad words, on *suggested* f bomb, and one diary entry that was recorded from a historian that was inappropriate in unnecessary.
Anyway, overall, great book. I just got to scratch out the parts that are bad and I'll be
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Karine
I wasn't sure at first whether it was worth getting this book or not when one can easily search through pinterest and instagram for ideas on bullet journaling. But I'm glad that I did now. It is a light read, but also very informative.
Most of the book contains different ideas and layouts to try in your bullet journal. I found this useful especially for those that are just starting out or don't know what to put in their journal. The information on different pens and whatnot's was also very handy.
Kricket
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
i started bullet/dot journaling in 2015 in a super casual way and have gotten more fancy/obsessive over the years. this book gave me some new ideas for spreads that will be both helpful and relatively uncomplicated, so cheers for that!
Liz
3.5*
Annie
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
List making at it's finest.
Meredith Mara
4.5/5 stars :)
Jay
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of “dot journaling” before seeing this book, but I’m always interested in ways to manage my time and record those things that I might need to find later on This seems like an interesting take on doing that, starting with a blank journal. The process appeared to me to be focused on the manual creation of forms, and then using them. This is not a process for efficiency – you won’t be managing your time using less time with this system. This is because you will spend time manually ...more
Emmy
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: artsy-crafty
I've been looking for a catch-all "how to" guide on bullet journaling for a while now. Usually, Google searches turn up page after nauseatingly beautiful page of artistic spreads, gorgeous headings and borders, and perfect handwriting. But, nothing told me how to do it. Most posts were just "this is what I do--isn't it beautiful??" which really does nothing for anyone except the braggart who is showing off their journal. (What do you mean I'm salty? I'm not salty--you're salty!)

Anyways, I've bee
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cara
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: twenty18
"the core reasons for dot journaling: organization, self-reflection, self-improvement and getting stuff done."

this book provides a really fun perspective on bullet journaling that made a lot of sense to me. the concept is very similar to bullet journaling, with the addition of a diary/journal element - which i very much enjoy. i love the idea of one notebook for my notes, my to-do's, my journaling. and i just cannot find a planner that works with my brain. i need pen and paper to get shit done
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etherealfire
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been wanting to make the switch from a pre-printed planner to the bullet journal/planning method for awhile now but have been ridiculously intimidated to attempt it. This little gem of an e-book (free with my Kindle Unlimited account) has given me the incentive to give it a go. Such a great, helpful little book! I've decided I need to purchase a paper version of the book and maybe even get the book set. Really excited about switching to this style next year. This is a great book for anyone ...more
Elizabeth Tai
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I know everything there is about bullet journalling, but I still find Miller's layouts and tips inspiring. I pick this up from time to time to get a refresher and to be inspired all over again :D
Ruth
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much fun!
While it didn't have as many layout ideas as the other bullet journal book I just read, the writer was much more entertaining and funny.

She starts the book with a somewhat long quote from a woman in 1854. That woman is starting a diary and ruminating on the reasons why. It's followed by this one line from the author's diary in 2003:
"Jesus, I'm graduating in four days a VIRGIN!!!"

What a great start to any book - hah!

Besides wonderful quotes about diaries from a variety of
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Anwen
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not new to bullet journalling, but it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the gorgeous, artistic spreads on various platforms, or to disappear into a TV Tropes-level rabbit hole of reading more and more ideas of Terribly Useful Things To Include. I'm coming back to the system after a bit of a break, and decided to treat myself to this very pretty book, expecting to kick myself a little, but I've been pleasantly surprised. Yes, it's very, as my kid says, Aesthetic, but there's also a ton of pr ...more
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