I first heard about Bullet Journaling from Lily Pebbles on Twitter, after a quick Google I realised it was probably something I would enjoy and similar to my current system. If you’re still unsure as to what Bullet Journaling is then head over to Lily’s blog post here to find out more.
I’ve never really had one notebook and instead used a few different pads of paper and notebooks for different things. I like to have timetables and lists but use to keep these separate and was very much drawn to the idea that I could have these all together in a diary that I designed myself to suit all my needs.
Getting started was a little scary but there are guides all over the internet and I opted for the Leuchtturm Dotted notebook. I decided that I wasn’t going to be too precious with mine and not worry too much about my horrible writing or bother trying to improve my cursive. I do occasionally still decorate my pages because it’s fun but usually with washi tape or small doodles.
I want my Bullet Journal to be across between a journal, organiser and a place for all my notes and lists. I started by adding in the organiser aspect and drawing out some calendars and adding in important dates. I also added a page to track my blog stats, a quotes page, a page with all the hotels I’m staying at this year as I think it’ll be cool to look back on in the future, a list of films I’ve seen this year, blog post ideas, a list of things to pack every time I go away and more. This might not be how everyone else uses their journal but I’m really enjoying all these lists.
At the end/beginning of every day/month/week I start a new page or section where I plan for the time ahead, write to-do lists and brainstorm ideas. I don’t do this on a absolutely daily basis but when I am having an at home productive day then I think it really helps and theres even a key on how you should mark items once they’re done. I also love starting the new month, drawing out a timetable of posts and I really find that getting everything helps me stay on track.
I think my Bullet Journal isn’t really like the ones you see on Pinterest but I’m really enjoying and finding it useful. I know a lot of people already have a sort of DIY diary which is great, there is no need to change over to a Bullet Journal but if you’re overwhelmed by all the notebooks and pieces of paper that you may have then I would really recommend considering a BuJo.
One more thing, I do still use my diary/organiser as I like that all the dates are written out until the end of the year but much much less and I really wish I hadn’t bought a one-page-a-day one, I now write all my lists in my BuJo. I am considering moving my calendar onto my phone but I do love writing it all down.
Have you tried Bullet Journalling? What if your current system like?