So, I’ve been playing around with this thing called a Bullet Journal.

Don’t worry!  I was totally confused about what that even meant the first time I heard about it too!

In a nutshell, a Bullet Journal is a journal/planner that you can customize 100% to your own personal needs because you start off with a blank notebook.

A few quick facts about the bullet journal:

  • Yup!  You start off with a blank notebook of your choice.  A popular notebook to use for a bullet journal is the Leuchtturm1917.  I’m currently using it as well because I really like the fact that it is a dotted notebook that has an elastic strap to keep it shut, a pocket inside the back cover for small items you might want to carry (ex: ruler) and two ‘bookmark’ ribbons to hold your page.
  • You, the user/creator/whatever you want to call yourself, design the pages within this notebook and really make the journal work for your own needs.
  • You do not need to be an artistic genius who has incredible handwriting!  Trust me…I can’t draw to save my life and my handwriting is just so-so.  If you want to decorate your journal with pretty pictures you can use stickers, printed images, or anything else you like!
  • It’s OK for your journal to be simple and plain.  After all, it’s all about customizing it to your own personal preferences.
  • Yes, you do need to draw out monthly/weekly calendar layouts to use as you go through your journal!  You started off with a blank slate, remember?!

Please excuse my minimalism and so-so handwriting.

I’ve strayed away from the traditional “bullet journal” [a quick Google search will find basic videos for you to watch] and have customized it to how I want to use this planner/journal hybrid.

I know, I KNOW!  There are tons of pretty planners that I could pick up from the store to use with fancy layouts and motivational quotes.  But the reason why I chose this route is because there are so many pages I would waste in those!

My November spread starts with a monthly calendar view.  Here I used a 5×5 dot square for each day of the month.  I’m thinking about increasing this to 6×6 for December, since I feel there is extra space around the month that I can still take advantage of.  To the right is my “habit tracker”, a common bullet journal feature that I use to help keep myself accountable.  In November, I’m tracking which days I exercise, meditate, drink enough water, take home lunch to work, save money, and practice calligraphy.

After that I included pages for notes or a brain dump [brainstorm] page where I can jot down things that are on my mind or if there’s anything that I need to do or remind myself of.

And finally, we get into the weekly view – the pages I used to waste the most in traditional planners.  As an adult with a full time job, I typically use the calendar on my computer [Microsoft Outlook or Google Calendar] to track meetings, appointments, etc.  I really didn’t want to transfer all of that over manually into a planner because…let’s face it.  It’s redundant, and it WON’T remind me of those events coming up!  🙁  But I still needed a place to keep quick, short notes about things that I need to do at home [what I’m cooking for dinner, quick checklists of chores or personal reminders, etc].

I’m considering changing up my December layout for weekly views too, but am still not sure what I want to do with it!  There are other pages I would like to add eventually, like a motivation/daily affirmation page and something I can track thoughts or short phrases to look back on later.  Send any suggestions my way!

For the artistic, creative person who enjoys drawing – there are tons of people out there who cover their bullet journals with beautiful art!  If you have an eye for that or find relaxation in doodling, I think this is a great creative outlet to express yourself.  *thumbs up*

Are you into planners or journals?  Do you use it to keep your schedule in order or is it a method you use to express your creativity?  What’s helps you keep your schedule and yourself organized?  I’m so interested in hearing about what other people do!

*This is not a sponsored post.  I have purchased these items with my own money.  I always promise to give my honest feedback.*

Shelly at Simple Casual Chic