As someone who was new to the world of bullet journaling, I started with one of the most popular notebooks, a Leuchtturm. While I loved the dot grid paper and its sturdiness, I did not like using a bound journal. I am prone to ripping out pages and rearranging things a lot, so dealing with numbered paper and how tightly the book was stitched together bugged me.
I decided to switch it up.
There are a few disc bound systems on the market; The Happy Planner uses discs, along with Office Depot’s TUL line. I went with Staples ARC because I had a coupon, ha! You can use products from each line interchangeably as long as you heed the dimensions.
I chose a clear 6 3/8″ x 8 3/4″ (aka A5, “junior” or “mini” size) poly notebook because I had planned to stick stickers all over it. The mini notebooks are easily distinguishable by their 8 discs.
Since I was not 100% sure if I would like discbound journaling, I bought pre-packaged paper to keep costs down*, but you can make your own from cardstock / A5 printer paper and a special hole puncher. (From cheapest to most expensive: one, two, three, four) If you do not want to purchase a new hole puncher, you can use a single hole punch and make a small slit in the middle of the hole. This method is quite tedious, though.
*The paper is thin and most highlighters make it pill. My typical Sharpie pens also bleed through much worse than the Leuchtturm paper did. I will be crafting my own in the future.
Using Martha Stewart tab dividers and my trusty label maker, I created subsections. The biggest issue I had with my LT was how disorganized it got over time; I would have a weekly spread, then turn the page and I would have a to-do list with notes on how yesterday’s meal made me feel in the margins. *twitch*
Here is the breakdown:
- Monthly has a calendar print out of each month left in 2017 with important dates circled and defined.
- Weekly is where the weekly spreads and running logs go. It is the “meat and potatoes” of my bujo.
- Under the Log tab is where I keep things like my food diary, daily gratitude, and other day-to-day things.
- Charts houses more long term tracking, like my gastro grid, mood chart, and debt trackers.
- Etcetera so far has various pages dedicated to spirituality and meditation, as I am trying to be a more balanced individual. This is where everything that does not fall between the first four categories goes.
The biggest downside to the disc system is that I have heard that the discs are fragile and can break apart if you carry your planner around. You can alleviate this issue if you put your journal in a separate pouch before putting it in your travel bag.