Since the start of the year (2020), I made the switch from using a notebook bullet journal to using a ring binder and printables. What is it like? Let me tell you!

WHAT I LIKE:

I like that I have the flexibility of adding and removing pages, and the ability to switch things around as I like them. I have pages that are different types of paper too, and I really like that. Not every page that I use is decorated with markers, so for some pages that I just write on, I can use regular cheap paper with my printable and I like that option. I don’t need to be using expensive and thick paper for every page I am doing.

I like that I can use card divider pages where I want them so that I can easily navigate through the planner to the right section that I want. The last notebook that I used had binding threads that started to come loose as I was using it, So, I like that I am not worried about my notebook falling apart anymore.

I also just really like the aesthetic. I have a dark grey felt cover and it looks awesome. It isn’t getting dirty, and it feels like a ‘proper’ planner to me, if that makes any sense. As a kid, I always looked in awe at Filofaxes. I thought they were the most beautiful thing, but when I got older and actually bought one, it disappointed…because I hadn’t discovered bullet journaling yet. But now I can have that same feel AND have the creativity of a bullet journal.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE:

I bet you know what I am going to say here…..yes, it’s true…..the rings are a little bit annoying. But not as bad as I thought they would be. If the ring is getting in my way, I simply take the page out, it takes about 2 seconds, so it’s not too much of a problem really.

The downside of using printables is that I am missing the creativity…but this is not something that needs to happen. I could go to using plain dot grid paper and create my own spreads again, it is more a choice at the moment to make use of the printables that I am making for sale. But, I have a little idea to combat this, so, stay tuned…

TIPS:

If you were thinking of going down the route of using a ring binder for you bullet journal planner..whoop whoop, I applaud you. I think it’s a great option. Here are some things that I would say about it.. make sure that you get a ring binder that lays flat, one that keeps trying to close on you is the most annoying thing in the world (there possibly, maybe more annoying things). Also, learn from my mistake…make sure the hole punch you get is the correct one for your binder. I bought one that said it was adjustable, and fits most planner sizes…well, it didn’t fit mine. I don’t want you to be wasting your money, please, do your preparation work and measure the hole distances etc. that you require and buy the right one that fits. It makes all the difference to be able to get your page planner ready in the shortest time possible.

SUMMARY:

This was a short post really, but hopefully it was helpful to see the possibilities and options that are available to you with planning and getting the right planner for you. I did a poll on Instagram a while back, and by far the majority of people prefer notebook planners, which I get, but for those that want to experiment, I thought I would share my experience so far.

Don’t forget to stay motivated and inspired by your planner. You won’t open it each day if you don’t like it. So, if something is not working for you, change it up, ask yourself want you want to be looking at. Be creative and as always, until next time..happy planning!

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