While on the hunt for a bullet journal notebook with something other than a boring plain black cover, I came across the Rhodia Goalbook!
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- Size: approx 5.75″ wide x 8.25″ high (about A5 size)
- Sewn binding
- Leatherette soft cover
- 16 different cover colors to choose from
- This belongs to page in case your planner is lost
- Dates at a glance
- 224 dot grid pages
- Extra pages: future log, annual planning, index
- Pocket folder
Price: $25 USD on Amazon
Let’s take a closer look!
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The cover is soft and very thin.
Approx 1.5cm thick
Index / Contents
It’s good that this notebook includes these pages already set up for you, and I know this layout seems to be the default / original way to do a future log; but when I do an annual overview / monthly overview planning I find 3 months per page doesn’t provide enough space to write.
Dot Grid Pages
The dots are approx 0.5cm apart.
Unlike most bullet journal notebooks – the pages actually lay flat by themselves without you having to hold the page open.
Built in ribbon bookmarks
I tried various ballpoint, gel, fine tip and marker tip pens – there was some ghosting on the back side of the page (especially the marker pens which almost bled through). I also did some highlighter and stamp swatches. The highlighters also had some ghosting and, as always, the MAMBI stamps bled through the page.
More bullet journal brush pen testing in this post.
Pros of the Planner
- Portable size
- Extra pages specifically for planning – it’s not just a generic notebook with dot grid paper
- Numbered pages
- The stitched binding lays flat by itself and doesn’t feel like it’s going to come undone easily
- The notebook and pages have rounded corners to prevent wear and tear
- Pocket folder
- Multiple color covers to choose from
- Paper feels super smooth and is nice to write on
Cons of the Planner
- 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?
I like the Rhodia notebook – it has a colorful cover (which is a nice change from the black that most bullet journal notebooks come in). It also had the least amount of ghosting and bleed through of 8 different bullet journal notebooks that I pen tested (more on that in this post).
Yes I would use this notebook.
If you like this notebook, it’s available on Amazon (affiliate link)
Rhodia also do notepads which you could use for bullet journaling too:
More planner reviews:
- Review of Frixion Erasable Highlighters by Pilot – are they worth the cost?
- Review of the Point Journal (similar to the bullet journal)
- Unbound Weekly Planner Review
- Color coding and planner decorating: 10 Pen brands that are available in a pack of 20 or more colors
- How to make planner stickers for free using Silhouette Studio (Introduction – Video Tutorial)
- Planning Tips: 10 Ways to Plan Your Week Faster
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