do you love writing lists? do you love planners and keeping organised but you can’t find the perfect planner for you? the answer is simple….start bullet journalling!
What is bullet journalling?
Bullet journalling allows you to literally create the planner of your dreams. Hate monthly spreads and want more space for your daily tasks? The bullet journal does that for you because with bullet journalling you start off with a blank notebook and design it exactly how you want.
“The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.” – http://www.bulletjournal.com
“With a Bullet Journal, each new page is a blank canvas. You are never limited to a pre-printed layout. Each day, month, and year can be completely different and of your own making. This massive versatility is what has propelled the Bullet Journal to planner fame.” – Boho Berry
What bullet journal do I use?
I use a Moleskin – Large – Soft Cover – Dotted. This is the first ever bullet journal for me but I love the freedom the dots give you. I did research into each type of Moleskin, dotted, lined or squared, before purchasing and thought the dots would suit me best and so far so good.
How do I use my bullet journal?
I use my bullet journal to track and plan everything to do with my personal life and of course my blog.
In my monthly spreads I write everything that is happening in that month…duh, from days out with friends to hospital appointments and birthdays. At the side I have a little section to write my goals for the month.
(Since writing this, I have added underneath my monthly goals, a monthly to-do list. Tasks I want to complete by the end of the month but it doesn’t matter on which day I complete them.)
I like to colour code so at a quick glance I can see what I have going on that day. I think colour coding is a simple way of adding colour and decorative elements to your bullet journal as well as being helpful.
I think this is what I love most about having a bullet journal, the monthly “habit” tracker. Here you can keep a list of things you want to keep track of from how often you clean your make-up brushes to how often you’re reading. And then at the end of the month you can look back and see if you need to improve on anything. It allows you to try and achieve more in each day. For example, I love to-do lists because I feel a sense of accomplishment once I’ve ticked off my tasks and the monthly tracker gives me the same feeling. I love to colour in my boxes after each day to see what I’ve completed.
What’s great about the bullet journal is that next month if I don’t want to track my water intake, I can just get rid of it. And if I want to track more/other things I can easily include them. For example, next month I am already planning on tracking, how often I clean my room, how often I post on Instagram and how often I’m in bed by 10.30pm…which is most nights.
This is what my daily “to-do” lists look like. I keep them quite simplistic but you can make them as decorative and as different as you wish because each page is a blank canvas. Next week I could do a completely different style and I wouldn’t have any issues with it.
For example, last week on my dailies I wasn’t using my hydrate stickers from “Hummingbird Planner” on Etsy because it never crossed my mind. This week, it was a little thought I had so I tried it out and I’m liking it. This just shows how versatile the bullet journal can be.
My “Keeping In Contact” page is really new to me but I realised I was only keeping in contact with my closest friend and wasn’t really speaking to the others. And because they are all around the country at uni, studying, it’s harder for us to talk so I created this page for me to track how often I talk to my friends. It really shows me that I need to put more effort in keeping in contact with people I love.
Obviously, I can’t keep track of how often I speak to all my friends because that would take up pages 😉 so I’ve decided to track the friends that are most important in my life and the ones I want to make sure I contact a lot. I love this idea and will be creating a page for it each month.
Bullet journals can be as decorative or as simple as you wish. They can track whatever you want. You are free to scribble or doodle whenever, wherever you want. Bullet journals allows you to track and organise your life exactly how you wish, that’s why I love this way of planning so much.
I have so many lists in my bullet journal from “movies to watch” to “my 2016 goals”. You can jot anything down and have everything all in one place.
I used to really want an Erin Condren Life Planner and go sticker crazy but since finding this way of planning I have rarely thought about the $50.00+ planner. I’ve just started using my stickers to subtly decorate my bullet journal and I’m loving it. I don’t think I’ll look to glam planning for a while now. Bullet journalling just gives you so much freedom to do as you please.
It’s so versatile. You can invest in an expensive notebook, like a Moleskin or just pick a cheap one up. It really depends on you and what you want your bullet journal to be. I’m a naturally creative person so I personally take time out of my day to decorate my bullet journal and I knew it was something I would love so I invested in a more expensive journal but it’s completely up to you.
That’s what’s amazing about bullet journalling…everything is UP TO YOU.
So that’s it for today. Do you use a bullet journal? How to you keep your life organised? I would love to know.
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