Bullet Journaling: At-a-Glance Planner & Notebook System

Bullet journaling is becoming popular as a means to organize using paper systems.  I suspect that many of those folks, like myself, have been doing some form of “bullet journaling” or list making, without giving it a name. While I haven’t completely adopted the system as it is presented, I find it to be a good way to maintain and even enhance an analog or paper system.

I saw this planner and notebook system at Staples. While I do not own this one, I do own and use a couple of the At-a-Glance products that I will share in a later post. One of the At-a-Glance books I use is a planning notebook similar to what is shown in the below pictures. When I see new or different offerings in the range, I check it out. Since I do not own this system, this is more of a comment than a review on how I see it being helpful for the bullet journal users.

At-a-Glance Planner Notebook System

At-a-Glance Planner Notebook System

One of the perceived drawbacks of the bullet journal system is that it is difficult to plan further out into the future; some would say even planning a few days in advance can be challenging. There are a few solutions to that problem, one of which is to include a monthly spread into your journal in order to truly plan tasks and goals and not just list them.

The monthly calendar (l); and the planning notebook (r)

The monthly calendar (l); and the planning notebook (r)

Monthly calendar view

Monthly calendar view

The At-a-Glance Planner & Notebook  appears to be a multi-functional system that could be a great tool for bullet journaling and planning for the following reasons:

  • There are monthly and reference calendars for planning. The monthly spread is on two pages with enough room to write in events, appointments, birthdays, track and plan goals, and any other thing you may want to record.
  • The planning notebook has “hot spot” sections  to highlight important information or reminders. I use these for next steps when project planning in the notebook I have.
  • There are pockets and business card holders under the monthly section. One of the pockets is a secretarial pocket to capture things that may be taller than the planner itself.  You can carry bills, letters, and other things that you have to deal with on a regular basis. You can also stow stamps, envelopes, sticky notes and other accessories you may need to work with your planner.

The cover is not leather but has a smooth texture and is lightweight with a slim profile. The books around bound but the pages in the notebook are perforated. It’s perfect to fit inside of a purse or tote bag without adding weight and bulk.

It looks like a very clean and easy system to use that can maximize bullet journaling and planning.

K.Y.S.S.

 

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