Last Updated on September 20, 2023 by David Michael
Bullet Journal Buyers Guide
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Bullet journaling, an ingenious system of organization developed by Ryder Carroll, is a simple and effective way of sorting your life.
Part daily planner, part to-do lists, a free-form way of organizing that suits your needs and helps you stay on track. Daily lists, short and long term goals, diet, fitness – they can all be tracked easily with a bullet journal.
They can be as simple as a blank notebook. Unobtrusive dot markings let you keep all your information lined up neatly. Some have numbered pages, indexes, and table of contents pages. These are our top picks for the best bullet journals available.
The following are all high quality bullet journals. All have sewn bindings and are made for longevity. Acid free papers ensure your journals look as good when reminiscing as they do while actively using them.
Leuchtturm took their original bullet journal and improved it. This is my top pick for the best bullet journal.
Most noticeable improvement is the thicker, heavier paper. At 120 gsm (grams per square meter) bleed through is nearly eliminated. The original Leuchtturm bullet journal has paper that is 80 gsm. and is still fantastic. This journal is great for ballpoint pen, gel pens, fountain pens, markers; really just any type of writing instrument.
206 numbered pages will keep you organized and inspired.
Inside cover has a guide to help you divide the pages, and the included stickers helps prioritize and make journal entries stand out.
A key and an index make this bullet journal ready to use. An expandable pocket helps you store stickers, receipts, tickets, etc.
The included guide to bullet journals may help you realize even more potential from your journal.
The Goalbook by Rhodia is a bit of a hybrid bullet journal / planner.
The undated annual and monthly calendars allow you to use this any year, and helps you plan annual and monthly events with ease.
224 numbered pages with a dot grid layout lets you keep track of sections of your journal. There are 6 unnumbered pages in the front to use as a table of contents / key.
The paper is a smooth, 90 gram vellum. The paper is great for most types of pens, and is particularly smooth with fountain pens.
An expanding pocket conveniently holds loose items for later cataloging.
One of my favorite things about the Rhodia Goalbook is the beautiful range of colors available: 16 colors at the time of this post. I love the leather like feel of the softcover, but you can also get this in hardcover.
Moleskine’s classic high quality notebook in an expanded version with 400 pages. Perfect for a bullet journal.
400 dotted pages allows you absolute freedom to set up your bullet journal completely freestyle to suit your needs.
If you like to dedicate a page to every day, this is the ideal journal for you. There’s plenty of pages left to create an index, keys, goals, and more. The paper is 70 gram classic Moleskine paper suitable for most pens and markers.
Expanding pocket for bullet journal supplies, loose documents and notes.
If you’re looking for a 400 page bullet journal, this is my top pick.
The softcover fits easily into a bag or backpack, and a hardcover is available for those that prefer a sturdier cover. This is thicker than your standard Moleskine, but still fits easily into a bag for portability.
The STALOGY Editor’s Series Notebook is a journal with a page with subtle markings for each day of the year.
There are also subtle marks down the side of each page with the hours of the day.
You can use the Editors series as a daily planner, or ignore the date markings and use this as a bullet journal or any combination that works for you. Each page has a grid layout to let you use this as a bullet journal that best suits your needs.
There are 368 pages of a thin, bleed resistant paper. This is best suited for ball point and thin gel pens. Heavier pens can show through the paper.
Designed by writers for writers. The dotted hardcover notebook makes a great bullet journal.
Heavy, acid free paper (120 gsm) is a smooth writing surface with minimal bleed through. The paper works beautifully for gel pens, markers, fountain pens, ball points and more.
A table of contents and 122 numbered pages keeps everything organized and findable.
The leather like cover is sturdy and provides a great support to write against. An expandable pocket holds receipts and other small items securely.
Vivid Scribbles bullet journal stands out with several impressive features.
The acid free paper is thicker than any other bullet journal I’ve looked at; an impressive 160 gsm. The paper is also crisp white where the others are ivory or cream colored.
The heavy paper is ideal for any type of pen; gel, marker, fountain, ball point. The paper is also suitable for watercolor washes, dip pen and ink, and other artistic flourishes.
In addition to 200 numbered pages, there are also key and index pages.
The Vivid Scribbles journal is also the only one of our recommended bullet journals that has an integrated pen loop. An expanding pocket holds stickers and other small paper items.
The cover is a vegan faux leather and each color of Vivid Scribbles journals have a different cover design.
This bullet journal also comes in an attractive gift box, suitable for giving for any occasion.
I’m certain that you’ll find the perfect bullet journal for your needs from our choices. I particularly love the Leuchtturm 1917 Hardcover A5 Bullet Journal – Edition 2 as it’s ready to go, but all of these recommendations are good, high quality bullet journals.
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The book that started it all. Ryder’s book is more than a how to book, it’s inspirational too. The book’s subheading sums it up perfectly: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future.
Great for making precise borders, graphs, and boxes. Also has the basic bullet journal key symbols. Thin enough to be used as a bookmark to mark your current page. The best pens are very fine tipped like the Uni-ball Signo .38mm.
Perfect for bullet journaling and especially suited for stencils. The .38mm tip is extra fina. I use the .38mm tipped Signos for my planners and journals daily. This 7 color set includes red, blue, blue-black, orange, light blue, purple, and pink.
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