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7 Ways to unlock the power of your dot grid journal

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If you’re looking for ideas to take your dot grid journal to the next level, you’ll want to read this.

You did it. You bought your first dotted notebook. 

You dabbed in it, made a few entries and even got creative with some colourful spreads (thanks Instagram).

The excitement’s worn off though and now your good friend gathers dust. 

It happens. Even with creative pros. 

Lucky for you the fix is easy. You need ideas. Not the fluffy kind. Not the flowery kind. 

That's why we've put together 7 ways to unlock the power of your dot grid journal and help you get the maximum benefit from using it.

By the end of this blog, you'll have a wealth of new ideas, inspiration and plenty of options to explore when you next open your Phantom journal.

Let's dive in.

1. Use it as a journal


You don’t have to start with ‘Dear Diary’ if you aren’t a fan.Just be you. Be authentic. Use your dotted journal to write your thoughts and reflections throughout the day.

2. Draw or sketch


Dot Grid Journal

If writing isn’t your thing, use your dot grid journal to draw or sketch. 

Experiment different drawing techniques or hone your craft if you’re a pro. And no, you don’t have to be Picasso. 

Draw anything and make things interesting by using different colours for particular themes. The best thing about a dot grid is that the dots are subtle and don’t hold you back from drawing to your hearts content.

3. Brainstorm Ideas


Been sitting on a problem for a while? 

Use your dotted journal to help you think of different solutions. If you’re an artist, you may want to brainstorm how to grow your social media following or even explore different options for your arrangements.

You could also think broadly and think about where you want your work to take you and how you plan to get there.

4. Plan Ahead


Space out events so you don’t overcommit or, even worse, double book. Having your calendar in your pocket means you can quickly check what you have scheduled ahead of time. 

Join the dots of your notebook to draw up a calendar then use your calendar to plan:

  • your social media content in advance. 
  • upcoming gigs, tours, exhibitions and shows. 
  • non-work things like meals, birthdays and anniversaries


5. Use the Bullet Journal method


Get creative and productive all in the one pocket notebook with the bullet journal method. Dot grid notebooks are undoubtedly the far the best for bullet journaling.

Check out this article if you’re new to the idea and this one if you’re ready to get started.

6. Keep Track


Use your dot grid journal to keep track of:

  • Time. Track the time spent working on a project, so you can bill for time spent.
  • Your income and bills.
  • Set and map your goals
  • Plan and organise your week or month ahead
  • Your to-do lists. Speaking of to-do lists, take it to the next level and prioritise. Do what’s important now and work your way down your list.

7. Let Your Mind Wander


Mark the end of a busy day with some time away from heavy thinking.With so much focus on being productive and successful (whatever that means to you), remember to give your brain a break.

Doodling is a great way to relax and empty out your mental load. Simply put your pen to paper and move it across the page repetitively.

Allowing the pen to go where it wants can help you express your emotions and relieve stress too.

In Summary:


There you have it. There are so many ways to get the most out of your dot grid journal and take your creativity and productivity to the next level. Your dot grid journal really is your one stop shop.

Use it to unlock your thoughts, get things done and hit pause and take a break. So, go on, try a few or all our ideas and be the best version of you there is.

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