Once again, I decided to change my bullet journal and start using it both as my planner and my long term goals tracker and to-do list keeper. I’ve always loved the bullet journal’s flexibility, and the ability to customize your own pages and layouts. But being a sucker for pretty planners as I am, I always wanted to conciliate both systems. And that didn’t work out as I planned. Because of that, I decided this summer to start playing on my bullet journal, and for that, I bought a Leuchtturm 1917 in the official Bullet Journal version. I decided to switch to a Leuchtturm after a few years experiencing a bit of frustration with Moleskine notebooks. First of all, I never found a notebook with the perfect size for bullet journaling. I tried out the Moleskine XL, and found it too wide for my tastes, and the regular size way too narrow. That was the main reason that convinced me to switch brands. The Leuchtterm also has a few other characteristics that I think are worth the change. Namely the extra pages, increased paperweight, 2-3 bookmarks, and the built in Index and page numbers; so it can save a lot of time setting up your journal. Today, I wanted to make a quick review of the Leuchtturm in the official Bullet Journal version, so you can decide if it’s worth the purchase. The first thing you’ll notice is the Key in the first page of the journal. This is the place where you can insert all the symbols that attribute certain tasks to your journal entries. In the classic system, a dot is for tasks, an “x” means a completed task, a circle means an event, and so on. You can customize these as you wish, while keeping them neatly organized in that dedicated page. The journal features a whole segment in the first few pages with some tips to getting started with your bullet journal. If you are new to the bullet journaling concept, I think it’s a great idea to get this notebook, since all the principles and tricks are written down, and it’s easier to get used to the system down the road. It’s also great to have a built in index where you can write the topic for different pages and layouts and access them easily. As soon as you flip the page over, you get to the Future Log section of the journal, and this is where you plan the future weeks and months ahead. I have a yearly overview as the first page in my Future Log, where I can track special events and exams, and have a notion of all the current year’s structures. The extra paper thickness is valuable for anyone who uses calligraphy and Micron pens like I do, since the bleeding and ghosting on the paper is almost minimal, making the journaling experience much better. I also love the three colored bookmarks. Following a traditional bullet journal scheme, you can use them to separate your monthly, weekly, and daily overviews effortlessly. In the back of the notebook, you get a very detailed account of how Ryder Carroll envisioned bullet journaling, and what each technical term means. As I said before, this is not a valuable feature for people who have been into bullet journaling for a long time, but for anyone who is not acquainted with the rules, it’s a great extra to keep in the back of your notebook so you can teach yourself more about this time management system as you plan. The Leuchtturm notebook has a pocket in the back, where you can keep small papers and stickers, or functional items like schedules and receipts. It also comes with three label stickers, which you can use to archive your journal. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour and comparison video, and I’ll see you next week! Bye!