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.*