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Today, we're discussing materials and accessories.
First and foremost, purchase a journal! You'll be living with this for at least six months, and maybe as long as a year, so it's really okay to spend a little more. However, I've included three options in a variety of price ranges. You want one with a built in ribbon bookmark and an elastic strap.
Michael's Dot Journal - about $5 - I used two of these. The first one worked out great, but the second one's elastic strap broke early on, so I moved on from this option. They come in a variety of colors, and the price is great if you're not convinced yet.
Leuchtterm1917 A5- about $20 - This is a popular journal in the Bujo community. They hold up very well, and the pages are numbered. I did find the paper a little thin for my Frixion pens, but not so much that I couldn't use them (just a little see-through).
1Canoe2 Dot Journal- This is my current journal. I love the layflat style, and the page weight is amazing for those of you who are artists! The journal is not numbered, so you will have to do the numbering (no big deal)! Also, I made the mistake of leaning on my journal, and the cover peeled back from the binding a little. A little glue stick fixed it, but maybe don't do that.
I highly recommend purchasing a set of Frixion erasable pens for your journaling. I wrote a whole post about why they are so amazing, so I will not rehash here. If you're a really confident artist/list maker, you might consider Stabilo or Le Pen as well.
Over the years, I've evolved in my bullet journal usage, and I've found a few additional accessories that enhance the work of this compact tool.
Tabs - These post-it tabs are great for marking a page or section that you return to frequently. You can see how I use them (above)--I write directly on the tab with the reference subject.
Post-It pads for to-do lists - I love the line at Target, especially the page-size to-do list that I use for those menial pop-up tasks with work/life that don't align with my current page layout.
Ruler - This is not optional. I recommend inexpensive ones, since you may need one at the office, and one at home.
That's it! Those are all the tools you really need, and the entire bundle can be purchased for under $50, even with one of the more expensive journal options. You will find yourself to be more productive and organized, and the investment will be well worth it.
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