I’ve been using the Leuchtturm1917 (affiliate link) for a while now and I’m happy with it. I still love the dots and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to traditional lines. It’s a Moleskine-killer.
I’m a bit surprised that I haven’t used the table of contents, since it struck me as such a valuable feature. The problem is that my journal entries aren’t usually so specific that it’s clear what to put in a TOC. I don’t know what I’ll be looking for until I find it.
BookFactory.com has a better idea – their table of contents lists each page in the book, with a space to write what is on the page. This would be very useful because at a minimum I could jot the dates on each page, along with a word or two on subject. Since the space is there anyway, I would feel like was wasting it by not filling it in. With a space for each page there’s no obligation to prioritize what entries are TOC-worthy.
I’ve contacted them to see if they do dots. It’s not on their site, but hopefully it’s available.
In the mean time I think I’ll try recording each journal entry by date in the LT1917, and see how that goes.
[UPDATE] BookFactory got back to me, and they don’t offer their books with a dot grid. It’s a shame because they also make their books in the US, which makes them nearly unique among notebook companies.