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Dot Journaling: How To Get Started

Dot Journaling: How To Get Started

This post is sponsored by Thomas Allen & Son.


If you've been keeping up with the blog over the last couple months, you'll know that I started Bullet Journaling, also known as Dot Journaling, this summer. Dot Journaling has changed the way I organize my life by combining my day-planner, to-do list, and diary all in once place. It has also made me more self-reflective and aware of my daily habits. Drawing my monthly and weekly layouts has become a relaxing and enjoyable part of my day that I really look forward to because it satisfies both my creative and organizational needs. 

I'll be totally honest though, when I first decided I wanted to start a Dot Journal, I got really overwhelmed really fast. I was intimidated by the beautifully drawn layouts I saw on Pinterest and I got really stressed trying to decide how to organize my planner. I ended up reading TONS of blog posts and watching lots of "Plan With Me" YouTube videos before I could figure out how I wanted to start. I felt like I needed a Dot Journal just to plan my Dot Journal!


But what I actually needed was this fabulous book I'm here to share with you all: Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide, How To Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That'll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together.

If I had found this book at the beginning of my Dot Journalling experience, I would have had a lot more fun and ease getting started. However, even though I've been Journaling for three and a half months now, this book has still given me lots of inspiration and new ideas to incorporate into my journal.


Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide, starts with the basics and covers the overall system behind Dot Journaling for anyone who needs an introduction to the topic. Then it goes on to provide practical examples, complete with pictures, of layouts you can incorporate into your journal. What I love about this book is that it provides lots of difference examples for how you can set up your journal. After all, Dot Journaling is all about customization and finding what works best for you. 

Personally, I'm really inspired to try out some of the book's suggestions for meal planning spreads since I've never done one before. I've also been wanted to switch up my chore tracker a bit so I was really happy to come across four different examples in this book for how to set one up. I'd like to start using my Dot Journal as more of a diary in the coming months so I'm also going to experiment with some of the book's examples of daily logs which incorporate both to-do lists and self-reflection all in one place.



If you've been thinking of starting your own Dot Journal, this book is definitely for you! It is honestly what I wish I had when I started so it felt right to do a little giveaway. One lucky reader will receive their own FREE copy of Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide AND a brand new dot journal courtesy of Thomas Allen & Son.

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and runs until September 30th 2017. To enter, simply subscribe to The Cardinal Press by using the form below. 

Happy Journaling!

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