Dot Journaling — Creating to Fit My Needs

Does one size really fit all? Ever?

I’ve been going through some growing pains when it comes to finding the perfect fit for me. I’m not just talking jeans, which rarely fit me. I can’t find a wallet to fit my needs that doesn’t crunch up the money or has more pockets, holders and zippers than needed. I can’t find a purse that holds my possessions without losing them within the cavernous space. I can’t find the desk that holds my sewing machine but is the perfect height for writing in my journal. 

At the end of each year and start of the next, I look forward to creating my new organizer. I’m a pen to paper girl who likes to fill in the important dates to look forward to (birthdays, trips) and those I have already Crayolaed as must do (dentist). 

Every agenda book is different, focusing on months or hourly appointments. And . . . you guessed it, I can’t find one that fits my needs. 

I can’t. I can’t. I can’t. 

I grew tired of my complaining about not finding what I want. I am more creative than that. Maybe the solution isn’t in Googling — but in my own craftiness. Perhaps it is time to make my own. 

Challenge accepted. 

Dot Journaling
Dot Journaling

I discovered a practice known as Dot Journaling – it’s like scrapbooking your own agenda or calendar. Dot journaling (also known as bullet journals) is creating your own space to organize your day, week, month and journal about the experiences. It is a reflection of how you spent your day and your thoughts on it. 

It can be ANYTHING you want it to be. You design the monthly calendar, the day to day agendas. You can change, alter or incorporate do-dads into the design of every page. Need a list for your future vacay plans? Create it and then write the page in the index. Need three pages for one day? Take them! You are the creator. It can be anything you want it to be.

Dot journals are way to be mindful of your day while funneling a bit of creativity. 

For me, it is my way of creating the agenda/organizer that fits me. It allows for my creative play while showing what went on in my day, week with reflections. By creating it, I have  sense of ownership and use it more diligently. 

Next on my agenda, creating a usable wallet that fits my needs.


A good resource for those just starting or looking for examples can be found in the Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide book