Most bullet journal notebooks will have a 5mm dot grid (5mm wide x 5mm high). Agendio is the only company I’ve found (so far) that allows you to choose from a few dot grid sizes:
Since most notebooks don’t have a 0.25″ (approx 6mm), I decided to order that size and try it out.
This notebook is from my Agendio Haul.
Before the pen
I kept it very simple this week using only highlighters and a black pen.
The grid is so wide that I was able to do 2 rows of highlighting. I used the Uni Propus Window highlighters and after always using the pastel ones I’m finding I much prefer those to the bright colored ones I used in this spread. I used to hate anything pastel but now I find I’m using pastel highlighters far more often than the neon ones!
After the Pen
I used the left page for blog post planning but you could replace ‘post 1’ etc. with different list titles or the days of the week
I wasn’t sure about the dot grid so I used it in 2 ways – with the entire grid for the checkbox and a smaller checkbox inside the grid. I think it looks neater with the smaller box (plus can fit more on the page). This is probably the only instance where I’ve written on lines directly after each other, in a 5mm grid I always leave a row between otherwise everything is crammed.
What you don’t see (because I’m too lazy to take photos mid-week or end of week, plus I add other personal stuff in that I don’t want posted on the internet after I take the photos at the start of the week), is that I usually allocate tasks to Saturday and Sunday. Those are the days when I’m at home and have more time to get stuff done. I usually just write (Sat) or (Sun) at the end of the task which is another reason why I usually leave a line between each task (plus the gap looks neater).
See the difference between using a ruler and drawing freehand? Look at the wonky hand-drawn box for 1 versus 2 and 3. Go the extra effort and use a ruler! I try and wipe my ruler off with a tissue in between lines as it picks up the black ink of the dots and starts to dull the highlighter color.
I used the Uniball Signo Gel Pen (0.7mm). Nice, vibrant ink on the page and definitely no ink skipping but this pen can be a bit inky so my writing seems to shrink and be more messy when I use this pen.
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- My custom Agendio bullet journal notebook (see my review in this post, it also includes a comparison with the hardcover version)
- Uni Propus Window Highlighters (5 color brights pack)
- Uniball Signo Gel Pen 0.7mm
- Poppin ruler
Would I use this spread again?
I like the layout, but not the colors. I’m not a fan of the orange it’s way too bright. I can see why the Zebra Mildliners with their more’ dull’ colors have become so popular (especially when most highlighter brands only offer neon color options).
As for the dot grid size? I’m so used to using every second line that it’s become a habit. I actually preferred the list I did for the left page where I wrote on every line and used smaller checkboxes inside the grid (which ends up being able to fit more on the page too). I thought I’d hate the bigger grid but I don’t mind it. I really like the size of this notebook and the bright white paper.
I’d use a 0.25″ grid again but I’ll also keep using 5mm dot grids – I like both sizes.
Past bullet journaling weekly spreads
- Landscape page orientation bullet journaling in the Northbooks dot grid notebook
- Erin Condren Petite Dot Journal & Stencils
- Testing Buke Stationery’s 180 GSM thick paper with a Highlighter Heavy Weekly Spread
Bullet journal tips
- 20 Bullet Journal Weekly Spread Ideas (One Page Layouts)
- 25 Ideas for your Bullet Journal To Do List Spreads
- Best highlighters for bullet journaling
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