Over the past few months I read so much about bullet journals that I spent hours pouring over websites trying to work out exactly what they were and whether they were for me. I love lists, like literally love them and I find my diary requirements so tricky to find that I tend to spend hours in December choosing which one to get next. Because of this I thought I’d give the bullet journal idea a go and see how it went.
A bullet journal is essentially like every other journal/ diary/ listing system that you can have rolled into one. Like a filofax of your brain that you carry around to allow you to track/ mark off/ jot down anything you want. The first thing was to choose what notebook to use, I opted for the LEUCHTTURM1917 315928 Notebook Medium A5 which was recommended on a lot of sites as THE bullet journal notebook. The great thing is there’s an index already created, the pages are already numbers, pens don’t bleed through the pages and it has a grid system. If you don’t opt for this the only thing I’d suggest is, always go for a grid as it much easier to mark your lists and things down than plain or ruled.
Next up I wanted to decide what I wanted to put into my bullet journal before I started writing in it. Ironically I created a list of things to put into my list book! A lot of people use it for daily lists of things to do but this wasn’t really a need as I use Google Doc notes because I can then use it while I am at work at my computer as well as syncing up at home, but the first thing I knew I wanted was a place to overview my diary. I created a year’s worth of grids to look like diary pages showing the dates for each month with space to add in my plans. A lot of bullet journaling is about colour coding and icons so I colour coded the things on my diary including holidays, music related, social, family and appointments.
In the index it merely looks like 1-15 monthly overview. After that I added in everything I might need including lists of 2016 and 2017 goals I have, shopping wishlists for when I am in New York, cult movie lists to watch, checklists for items I have been sent to blog about so I can track when I receive them and when the post will go live, lists of agreements about sponsored posts, a grid to keep a tab on monthly things I need to do for my blog such as recording stats and checking broken links…. the list is endless. You can pretty much create a list or checklist for any aspect of your life. I have grids in there for financial holiday planning so I can add holidays I have planned how much I need to save so I can keep a track on my progress. You can create these lists for cleaning, dieting, literally anything.
The other thing which I have added so far – and I am sure will come in useful – is a universal packing list for holidays and festivals. I seem to be forever creating lists which are pretty much identical when I go away. I left space for five holidays/ festivals for each so I can tick off when I have each item and when these are filled up I just create a new one. That’s the great thing about bullet journals you can just add to the end and add another thing onto your index.