How I Started My Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal

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.

Bullet Journal Diary

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.

Bullet Journal Cult Movies

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.

Bullet Journal Packing

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.

Do you use a bullet journal or have you ever thought about creating one?
July 6, 2016
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  • Reply Jolina - The Unlikely Baker

    This is actually the first time I’ve heard of bullet journals. Really interesting. Though I must say I love lists (especially when I get to scratch things off that list ha!)

    July 6, 2016 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I’m always looking for ways to be organize and this is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    July 6, 2016 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply francesca

    Love organisation and have heard lots of good things recently about bullet journals!

    July 6, 2016 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Liz Mays

    I hadn’t thought of that, but I totally love the idea of listing movies or books I want to read. A central list is so smart!

    July 7, 2016 at 12:13 am
  • Reply Mai C.

    I would normally just rely on my planner for this but creating your own takes it to a much more personal level. You can customize as you please and that’s what makes this more awesome!

    July 7, 2016 at 2:47 am
  • Reply Lily Travella

    Wow you are super organised. I always do lists and plans to be organised but then never actually follow them

    July 7, 2016 at 7:17 am
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    I have never used a bullet journal mainly because I tend to write a lot but it might be a good way of organizing myself.

    July 7, 2016 at 7:28 am
  • Reply Jessica

    Never tried it, but I do love excel and bullets for things to do list as sort of my organization. This one looks interesting though.

    July 7, 2016 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Suchitra Narayanan

    i have always wanted to do this! But never tried it! you mad me wanna start my bullet journal!

    July 7, 2016 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Bella B @ xoxoBella

    I have always wanted to try doing a bullet journal but haven’t had the time!! after reading this I’m going to start one asap!! I love being organized so I would love this

    July 7, 2016 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Ivan Jose

    So that is what a bullet journal is. Never heard about it before so thanks for sharing it.

    July 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Eugenia Nazarova

    I love your idea of using a bullet journal! I think I should create it for me too, it can helps me to be more organised!

    July 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Jess | The Indigo Hours

    I love the idea of bullet journals, I think I need to just bite the bullet (pun intended!) and give it a go!

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

    July 7, 2016 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    I have to admit I’ve never really looked into bullet journals that much – perhaps it is something I need to do 🙂 x

    July 7, 2016 at 11:03 pm
  • Reply Anna Baun

    I love this idea of a bullet journal! I have never heard of this before, but I will definitely give this a try! Thank you for sharing the inspiration! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

    July 8, 2016 at 3:53 am
  • Reply Ana Ojha

    I’ve never tried a bullet journal. I use Google notes and calendar for making notes.

    July 8, 2016 at 4:02 am
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    I love lists but have never heard of a bullet journal, but think this could be so addictive.

    July 8, 2016 at 11:53 am
  • Reply David

    I want to do this but actually never tried it, I always postponed it for later and it never happens. I should really start typing down and plan.

    July 8, 2016 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply bc21578

    Never heard that term before and haven’t used Google notes yet either. Very informative!

    July 8, 2016 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply Lizelle Cruz

    I actually do that in my planner but I never called it a bullet journal before! Now I know what I actually do haha

    July 8, 2016 at 6:24 pm
  • Reply Sandra Mo

    It is the first time I am hearing about bullet journal I love the concept I must try that 🙂 Tks

    July 9, 2016 at 7:53 am
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