7 Creative ways to unlock the power of your dot grid journal

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Looking for ideas to take your dot grid journal to the next level? Here's 7 creative ideas to inspire you. 


A dot grid journal is a versatile tool that helps you organise and plan your day creatively. The dot grid pattern provides guidance for writing, drawing, and bullet journaling without getting in the way.

This design offers more flexibility than traditional lined or graph paper, allowing for creative and diverse use of the pages.  You can use it to practice drawing or handwriting, take notes, or doodle.

It’s perfect for anyone who enjoys experimenting with designs, sketches, brainstorming, or bullet journaling.

Your dot grid journal can be used for more than simply serving as a bullet journal though.

That’s why we've put together 7 different ways to use your dot grid journal that you might never have thought about. We want to 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, doodle 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.

Don't forget to also read: 5 Reasons Why Using A Dot Grid Journal will Improve Your Life.

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