You don't have to be a compulsive to-do-list maker, frustrated diarist, sometime doodler, and planner/scheduler to find joy in using a dot journal (also knows as a bullet journal). The system Rachel Wilkerson Miller lays out in her book is as simple or as complex as you need it to be, and it's endlessly adjustable. The first step is choosing a journal. Then you create pages to keep track of your time in whatever manner serves you best, your handy how-to book by your side with stylish layouts you can add to your journal as you go. The brilliant detail that holds it all hang together is the index in the back; no more flipping through pages for that phone number you wrote down last week. If you want to keep your serial to-do lists in chronological order, list the books you read this year, and keep track of how many times you've been to the gym this week/had a massage/gone to the movies, this is the system for you. You can draw flowers on good days and shade a whole day gray when ashes fall from the sky. This system is versatile, generous, and powerful. I wish I'd found it years ago. — From Dana
Organize your life, record what matters, and get stuff done!
What the heck is a dot journal? It’s a planner, to-do list, and diary for every aspect of your life: work, home, relationships, hobbies, everything.
Early adopter Rachel Wilkerson Miller explains how to make a dot journal work for you—whether you find the picture-perfect examples on Pinterest inspiring or, well, intimidating. You decide how simple or elaborate your journal will be, and what goes in there:
Lists of your to-dos, to-don’ts, and more
Symbols that will make those lists efficient and effective
Spreads to plan your day, week, month, or year
Trackers for your habits and goals (think health, money, travel)
Accouterments such as washi tape, book darts, and more!
About the Author
Rachel Wilkerson Miller is a queer Black writer, the author of The Art of Showing Up and Dot Journaling—A Practical Guide, and the deputy editor of VICE Life. Previously, she was a senior lifestyle editor at BuzzFeed for four years. Along with VICE and BuzzFeed, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, and SELF, and she’s been a guest on NPR, the Today show, and Good Morning America. She lives in Brooklyn.
“This book…will actually help you get your life together.”—HelloGiggles
“It covers everything (seriously, everything) you could ever want to know about organizing your life into one simple journal.”—Apartment Therapy
“Anyone who needs a practical resource for getting his or her life in order will fit it with Miller’s step-by-step guide to Dot Journaling.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution