Top 12 “Aha!” Benefits Flowing From My Bullet Journal Adoption

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Last year I adopted a bullet journal. While it took a few stabs at that apple to achieve planning peace, the efforts proved worthy time expenditures. Multiple unanticipated benefits continue to flow, as presented in this article.

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

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QuickNote: 8 of the best notebooks for fountain pen users

Pocket Notebooks’ listing triggered a question: Hmm, my own top 8? 

  1. NanamiPaper’s B6 Cafe Note (5mm grid/ Tomoe River paper)
  2. Hobonichi Memo Books, almost A5/A6/B6 slim (3.7mm grid/ Tomoe River paper)
  3. Kokuyo Idea Notebook, A5/B6 Slim (3mm grid/ Tomoe River paper)
  4. Koukyo B5 Edinburgh, hardcover (6mm ruled, with dripmarks for alignment cues)
  5. Kokuyo B5 Campus Wide, hardcover (6mm & 7mm; ditto re alignment cues)
  6. Muji (multiple sizes), softcover (ruled, 6mm)
  7. Quo Vadis Habana journal B5, hardcover (ruled; 6mm, I think)
  8. Taroko Design’s Breeze notebook A5 (5mm grid/ Tomoe River paper. A Leuchtturm clone re features 🤗)

Amazon /eBay/ Etsy/ JetPens. 

Why? The paper + feint lines = rare, if any, ink-inspired woes. I admit: I’m a straight up stationery nerd. Translation: if Moleskine runs a one-cent sale, I’ll pass. Experience schooled me, so I know where quality lives and where it’s AWOL. My purchasing dollars flow accordingly. Reasonable pricing + stellar quality → I’m there!

👀 Psst! Yep, Tomoe River inserts for Traveler’s Notebooks hang out in various Etsy shops. Search: Tomoe River paper traveler’s notebook inserts


A rundown of 8 of the best notebooks for fountain pen users and what you should look for when choosing a notebook for fountain pens

Source: 8 of the best notebooks for fountain pen users | Pocket Notebooks

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QuickNote: Want an A5 Tomoe River Bullet Journal?: ✓ “Breeze”

The new Tomoe River BREEZE A5 notebook sits poised to capture THE “Bullet Journal Tool” award:

  • 183 numbered pages
  • index pages
  • 68gsm, killing the 52gsm’s mild shadowing irritant
  • 5mm dots.

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QuickNote: The Best Fountain Pens for Taking Notes

Hey, any “best of pens” list including both the Pilot Vanishing Point and Platinum Preppy pulls my thumbs up 👍🏽!

Fountain pens aren’t just for practicing fancy calligraphy in a mahogany-walled office surrounded by antiques. They’re functional writing instruments …

Source: The Best Fountain Pens for Taking Notes – edjelley.com – Fountain Pen, Ink, and Stationery Reviews

Bullet Journal: Top 5 Reasons I Embrace Hobonichi and Kokuyo Products

Bullet Journal: Top 5 Reasons Hobonichi + Kokuyo Own My Heart

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Trying to shove all facets of my life into one-book (Leuchtturm) failed. Add: repeated drawing of spreads antagonized. Hobonichi & Kokuyo gifted the cure, fueling my entry into Planning Nirvana Land.

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QuickNote: The mind-clearing magic of Japan’s pen+paper “planner culture”

Agree 1000%! My beloved Hobonichi-based bullet journal (Cousin Avec & Weeks) provides structure, killing the need for repetitive spread drawing; its flexibility addresses my desire for habit trackers, timeBlocking and more. The equally superb Kokuyo B5  (Edinburgh, Campus Wide Red — ooo baby) and multi-sized Muji notebooks delight with fab paper quality, AND subtle evenly spaced dripmarks running across the top & bottom lines as alignment cues.

Putting pen to paper has become a mind-clearing ritual.

Source: The mind-clearing magic of Japan’s pen-and-paper “planner culture” — Quartz

Bullet Journal: Fueling Digital/Analog Harmony with a Hobonichi Weeks

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Analog tools assist planning. Digital tools expedite writing and other tasks. Productivity mandates awareness of, and easy access to, all matters related to a single task. The Hobonichi Weeks answers the call for a skilled maestro, embracing and sustaining digital/analog harmony. Here’s how.

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Writer’s Bullet Journal: How to Create a Comprehensive Writing Log

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Like many, my bullet journal includes trackers. As a writer, accountability prompts tracking my daily writing word count. The Law of Unintended Consequences killed the would-be joy of that initial word-count-only log. I returned to the drawing board, tweaking and enhancing, creating a more comprehensive writing process log. This article details the what and why of the tweaked log’s components.

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Top 6 iOS Utility Apps for This Attorney/ Writer/ Bullet Journaler

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The bullet journal crowd knows: handwriting promotes clarity and retention. Yet we also comprehend the convenience of apps chosen with care. This article details the “why” underlying this attorney/writer’s top six iOS apps within the Utilities category. The common thread: each continues to impress and delight, months/years after purchase.

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QuickNote: Alexa embraces reminders + named timers

And thus dies another app, as I move Pomodoro timing to Alexa, with related summaries populating part of my Bullet Journal tracker. Note: research confirms →  the reminder is tied to the device used to set the reminder.

One of Alexa’s more practical, everyday uses is setting timers – helpful when cooking, remembering to perform some task, or alerting kids it’s bedtime, among other things. Today, Amazon is improving its timers by allowing users to name their different ones. This will make it easier to use multiple timers simultaneously, Amazon says.

Plus, since many Alexa customers were already using the timer feature to set reminders, Amazon is now formalizing that use case by allowing you to ask Alexa to “remind me” instead of “set a timer.”

Source: TechCrunch