If you haven’t heard of dot markers… you need them!! I’ve been experimenting with them over the past couple of weeks and they’ve quickly become one of my favorite planner supplies. Instead of spending money on dot stickers or waiting for the Silhouette Machine to cut them, now I can just dot the page with these markers (much quicker). I do wish they came in more colors though.
What are dot markers?
I did a detailed comparison of the 2 dot marker brands I’ve found so far – the Tombow Play Color dot and the Zig Kuretake Clean Color Dot Markers in this post.
How to use dot markers for planning and bullet journaling
1. Color coding
Some many color coding possibilities:
- To do lists – different colors for each priority / importance
- Each person
- Category of your life – work, meal planning, home, fitness
I did a list of 50 category ideas in this post: 50 Category Ideas for Color Coding Your Planner
2. Adding some color to a list
Rainbow to do lists are my favorite and these dot markers make it quick and easy 🙂
3. Dividing up a Page
Adding borders for each section e.g. each box for each day, or just doing something other than a straight line
4. Monthly calendar
If you don’t want to buy date dot stickers, dot markers with the dates written in black pen (I used the Uniball Signo Gel 0.7mm for this spread) work well instead.
5. Monthly Habit Tracker
6. Dates at a glance calendar
Instead of buying transparent dot stickers, you can use dot markers to flag important dates in the mini calendars for the entire year, and on the snapshot calendars on monthly spreads
7. Weekly spreads
These dot markets are about the same size as highlighters:
- The Tombow are 4 – 5mm depending how much pressure you apply
- The Zig are 3 – 5mm depending on how much pressure you apply
Since most highlighters come in the same shades of the same colors regardless of what brand you buy (i.e. pink tends to look the same no matter the brand), you can get different shades using these.
More ideas for your planner
- 10 Bullet Journal Daily Scheduling Layout Ideas
- 10 Things I don’t put in my planner (and why)
- 50 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Planner
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