TL;DR – The bullet journal is a rapid log. All you need is a notebook and a pen. It is very simple to use but I need to refine my layout and techniques a little bit. I would recommend it. It is fun and effective. Visit bulletjournal.com and check Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration and ideas.
I love writing. Not in the sense that I like to create literature – I really just like the feeling of pen on paper. Or paint on glass. Really, anything on anything. I was never great at drawing but my handwriting is something that I have always taken pride in. Because of this, I’ve always come up with excuses to write things and because of this, I own dozens of notebooks, journals and planners – all failed projects.
When I learned about bullet journals, I knew it was another great excuse to buy supplies and journals that I will never use. Unfortunately for me, there are very few things needed for bullet journalling. Ultimately, all you need is a journal and a pen. And maybe a ruler.
What is a bullet journal?
Described as a “an analog system in a digital world”, the bullet journal system was invented by Ryder Carroll as a method of quickly and efficiently logging notes, tasks and events. It uses four major components – topics, page numbers, short sentences and bullets. While the basis of bullet journalling is quite simple, it is flexible enough to catered to the needs of most individuals. The world has taken the bullet journal and made it its own, adding artwork, habit trackers and a multitude of other personalized items.
After browsing Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration, I decided to keep my bujo (as they call it) fairly minimalist. Minimal? Minimalist? Not sure. I knew that if things got too complicated, I would stop using it. The whole point of this project is to be consistent and keep my life organized. Drawing inspiration from instagrammers such as @bujo.auslife (got my grey liner coming in the mail!) and @plananotherday, I dove head first into my journal and promptly made a spelling mistake.
My Bullet Journal – For Now
I put together my Future Log, Monthly Log and Weekly Log. I was super focused on not making any more mistakes but then after awhile, I realized I didn’t care. No, I did care – but I realized I shouldn’t care. The journal is just for me (and Instagram likes) so it doesn’t really matter. I haven’t filled in my future log yet but I have been working on both the monthly and weekly logs. One of the downsides I’ve noticed is that I can’t really plan too far into the future. I used to keep a weekly agenda and could skip forward to any given date but with the layout of my bujo, it’s a bit harder to do. I’ll have to find a solution to that.
I check my weekly log at least once a day but I can’t say that I’ve gotten into the habit of filling it out whenever an idea strikes me or when I have something to complete on my To Done list. I guess it’s just a matter of getting used to it.
I hope to add some other spreads in my bullet journal in the near future, once the craziness of my life dies down (which is never seems to do.) I’d like to add a tracker for gym days, no spending days and no junk food days. In the meantime, I started a water tracker today but I’d like to refine it a bit.
If you get a chance, I’d recommend trying a bullet journal, especially if you struggle with organizing your life and/or if planners don’t work for you. I don’t know if this will become a long term thing, but so far, I like it a lot!
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