After pen testing 8 different dot grid notebooks, the Rhodia Goalbook fared the best with the least amount of ghosting and bleed through so it was next on my list of bujo notebooks to try!
Before the Pen
See my review of the notebook in this post.
l kept it simple with my favorite format – horizontal days of the week and list making space on the right page. I didn’t bother with Saturday and Sunday sections since I just do whatever hasn’t been done during the week on those days.
The Rhodia Goalbook is softcover.. which makes it really hard / annoying to draw straight lines (even with a ruler)
After the Pen
Just enough space for blog posts on the left
I ended up just running out of space on the second page. Because dot grid is quite busy to look at and my writing is a bit big for one line, I like to leave a line in between. But I’ve found that I need 3 – 4 pages to plan each week which gets annoying flipping back and forth.
I think the page size of most dot grid pages is also a bit too small for me – my favorite page size for planning is 7 x 9″.
- Carpe Diem number flag stickers for dates
- Carpe diem to do stickers
- Carpe diem write icon
- Carpe diem on the schedule sticker
- Poppin ruler
- Caliart fine tip pens
Pros of the Rhodia Goal Book
- Wide page size good for ruling into 2 columns without needing multiple lines for each task
- The least amount of bleed through of the 8 bullet journals I’ve tested
Cons of the Rhodia Goal Book
- The softcover of the Rhodia Goalbook is very annoying when trying to rule a line. As you can see most of them ended up crooked
- There’s not much of a margin between the dots and the edge of the page and the binding
- The cover is thin – I’m not sure how well it would hold up to frequent use
- The paper is cream / yellow not white
- The numbers impose on the rows of dots (i.e. you don’t get a full row of dots for the last 2 on each page)
Would I use this notebook again?
Probably not. While the paper quality is the best I’ve found for a bullet journal (so far), the softcover drove me mental when trying to rule lines. I’ll be sticking to hardcover dot grid notebooks from now on.
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