Bullet Journal Comparison

Right then, you've seen all the stuff on the benefits of journaling, and you're convinced it's the thing for you. You're not alone - thousands of people feel less stressed, more organised, more 'with it' since beginning a journal, and it certainly gets the thumbs-up from us all here at Cult Pens.

We've written about journaling quite a lot, which just goes to show how much we value it…
Journaling with Kuretake
Journaling - it's Good for You!
The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll (Review)
Helen Colebrook's Bullet Journal Method Review
Journal With Purpose Autumn Journaling Essentials
Setting Yourself up for a Great New Year

Ryder Carroll, the brains behind the Bullet Journal Method, doesn't advocate the need for any specialist materials, just 'a high quality notebook that will last.' The trouble is, there are lots of notebooks out there, and quite a few specifically aimed at journaling. Choosing which one is best for you could send you hurtling down the Busy Motorway of Stress instead of chillin' along the Country Lane of Laid-Back, and that's not what we want.

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So… allow us to introduce you to the Journal Comparison Table. Let us stress (sorry to use that word) that it's designed with specific bullet-type journals in mind, that is, those with features such as numbered pages and future logs. We'll tackle the notebooks aimed at more creative journaling another time. You see, we think - and we may be wrong here (but probably not) - that there are two basic types of journalers on this happy planet of ours: those who like simplicity, structure and straightforwardness; and those who are a bit more bendy, who like to incorporate colour and creativity in their endeavours. Therefore, it makes sense that they'll need different types of notebooks!

While the following notebooks are all different, they do share a couple of important features. Firstly, they all contain responsibly-sourced paper that conforms to EU regulations, and they're all roughly the same size: A5, give or take, which is big enough to be meaningful and small enough to be portable. Also, just as a quick explanation where the pages are concerned, 'structured' pages are those with content tables, keys and maps etc, and 'blank' pages are those for use as you - the budding journaler - see fit.

So let's do this. We present here to you five bullet-type notebooks…

We hope this helps. If we can be one small (but significant) cog driving the gear that helps you get on top of life, we shall be very happy.

Legami My Notebook Dotted Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal Rhodia Goalbook Moleskine Bullet Notebook Clairefontaine Age Bag Notebook
Size (H x W x D mm) 213 x 135 x 17 210 x 145 x 15 210 x 148 x 16 210 x 130 x 15 208 x 148 x 10
Total Pages 192 253 240 158 192
Structured Pages 21 13 16 10 8
'Blank' Pages 171 240 224 148 184
Paper Weight 100gsm 80gsm 90gsm 120gsm 90gsm
Paper Colour White Cream/Ivory Cream/Ivory Cream/Ivory Cream/Ivory
Rulings Dot Grid Dot Grid Dot Grid
Squared
Dot Grid Dot Grid
Squared
Lined
Cover Type Semi-flexible, textured look Sturdy hardback Flexible, with a tactile feel to it Sturdy hardback Semi-flexible
Cover Colour Options Aqua
Black
Blue
Blue-Grey
Neon Coral
Petrol Blue
Red
Salmon
Turquoise
Vintage Green
Black
Blue
Green
Black
Turquoise
Violet
Iris
Chocolate
Sapphire
Daffodil
Tangerine
Anise
Taupe
Poppy
Silver
Raspberry
Beige
Lilac
Orange
Black Black
Blue
Green
Grey
Red
Tobacco
Numbered Pages
Rounded Corners
Elasticated closure
Cover Pocket
Ribbon Markers 2 3 2 2 1
Other Features Contents page
Key
Monthly planner spreads
Yearly goals page
Map of the world
Contacts page
ID and passwords page
Integrated bookmark/pen loop
Contents page
Key
Future Log
Officially licensed Bullet Journal® book
Tips page and intro to Bullet Journaling
Contents page
Future log
6-month view
2 perpetual calendars
Map of the world
Personal data page
Pen test page
Stickers for archiving
Contacts page
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16 April 2019

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