The Bullet Journal…I could be totally late to this particular party, but I prefer to think of myself as the VIP guest who arrives fashionably late, yet sidles quietly in the back door so as not to draw too much attention. Whatever the arrival method, I haven’t been so excited by an organisational stationery-based concept since Eldest got his new school planner, and immediately started copying his timetable into the front, in his neatest writing.
So, in case you have never heard of a Bullet Journal (as I hadn’t, until I discovered my newest favourite blogger, BohoBerry) you might be wondering what on Earth I am talking about. Simply put, a bullet journal is a one-stop notebook for every organisational desire. I’m thinking a diary meets shopping list meets to do list meets financial tracker meets family calendar meets doodle book meets holiday planner meets…. you get the idea. I love the versatility, the freedom that I can fill the pageswith things that matter, taking up as much space as I like (or not, as the case may be), and the fact that I can choose to decorate it as my little heart desires. If I miss a day for whatever reason, I don’t have a blank day staring back as me, reminding me of my inaction that day, and if Ineed to add an extra page in for any reason, I can do just that, and move the following day on. Frankly, what’s not to like?!
Clearly, I am very much a bullet journal (or BuJo, as the cool kids call it) newbie, and I am avidly learning tips and tricks, looking out for hacks and inspiration (Pinterest is my friend, here) and building up my pages, but I am pretty pleased with how it’s going so far. The vital pages for me are:
Future Log – 2016 At A Glance
This was the first page I created and it isn’t my finest, but it’s there and it works. I am adding to it as events arise, but it’s great to be able to see birthdays, events, holidays, and other important dates for the whole year at once – hopefully there will be no more forgotten birthdays or anniversaries (those sneaky ones at the start of a new month always catch me out)
The calendar for the month. This page is drawn out at the end of the previous month, and important dates are carried forward from the future log, adding more information if needed. I also have a goals section, to give me a focus and keep targets and tasks at the front of my mind. You’ll see there are personal goals as well as tasks I need to get done, but not full details – the
finer points will be added on the days I designate to to that particular task. I think of it as an overview or reminder rather than a firm “To Do” list.
Down to the nitty gritty. These pages are the space for me to write exactly what I want to get done that day. Each item has a symbol next to it, which gives me a heads up as to whether it’s a task, event or note, and whether it’s urgent, requires research, is completed or deleted, or gets carried forward. I love having a tick list, and it really helps my productivity as I can see exactly how much I have to do, and how much I have done. I feel accomplished when I get to draw that cute little heart next to an item, and a sense of satisfaction as the hearts outweigh the dots.
What’s a notebook, if not a space to unleash your inner artist? I love creating, whether that be through crochet, colouring, making something new from something old. Although my BuJo is pretty much a replica of Kara’s at the moment, I know that as time goes on, I will develop a style of my own, and a preferred way of noting the important information, but for now she is my inspiration (and I am really hoping she will see this as the sincerest form of flattery, rather than being a copycat). I have done a few doodles already, with some of my favourite quotes and inspiring motivational statements, which I will love seeing as I flick through (I have deliberately left blank pages between, and will use those for daily entries or other useful lists). I really enjoy doodling and particularly like reminding myself of the good stuff in my life, giving me a reason to smile and spur me on if I am feeling a bit overwhelmed or generally a bit glum, so having these pages dotted through is nothing short of fantastic.
As I already said, this is all new to me and clearly I will be learning as I go on. There are some pages that I don’t think I will use (the habit tracker isn’t really for me) and some that I still have to add in (a financial page for definite, and an awaiting page – I might add these as monthly pages, or as a continuous plan towards the back or the notebook, maybe) and I want to use it as a place to organise books to read, holiday packing lists and such like. Which is exactly why I love it already – everything I need in one easily portable notebook. I will use it alongside my every day diary, which I tend to jot shopping lists and to do tasks in at the moment, but I love way too much to discard (my Bright Side diary makes me smile every time I look at it – it’s fun and funky, and says things like “Hold a chocolate biscuit eating competition”… cue smiley Claire.
If you keep a diary, organiser, planner, journal, call it what you will, send me your tips and tricks. I’d love to hear your all about methods and formats.
Now, the only thing I need to go with my shiny new BuJo are some pretty new pens.