Hey guys! I’ve recently updated my Bullet Journal! It’s got some brand new ideas and tips for bullet journaling, so don’t forget to check it out.
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I know what you’re thinking – what the heck is a bullet journal?
Well, to be fair, I only heard about the bullet journal on Friday when I was browsing Pinterest before bed, but already I’m hooked to the concept.
Let’s back up a little.
I’m a big time day dreamer and doodler, but I love staying organized and focused at the same time. I need lists in my life; to-do lists, packing lists, grocery lists… the list goes on (pun 100% intended). I love-love-love my Kate Spade planner, but the problem is that it’s a bit too bulky to carry around with me everywhere I go.
Another issue with pre-planned planners is that they’re set in stone and less customizable than I would like. Like I said before, I love doodling and having the freedom to create.
The solution? The bullet journal.
WHAT IS IT?
The bullet journal is a notebook – any one of your favorite notebooks – that is being used as a journal & as a daily/weekly/monthly/yearly planner. It’s also a place to write down your favorite quotes, movies, books – anything. It’s extremely versatile.
WHAT KIND OF NOTEBOOK DO I NEED?
Simple answer: any kind of notebook you like.
Complex answer: After researching the bullet journal a little bit more, I found out that a lot of journalers prefer either a Moleskine notebook (either squared or dotted) or a Leuchtturm1917 notebook. I went ahead and bought myself a nice, hardcovered black Moleskine (squared). I personally like the squared pages, because it makes it a lot easier to doodle and create calendars and various shapes.
This is the very first page of my bullet journal. I chose one of my favorite quotes from the man himself, but – and here’s the best part – you can do anything you want with the first page.
WHAT DO I PUT IN IT?
Great question. The first step is to assemble your key (also referred to as a legend) and your index – this is where you keep the shorthand for your journal. The index will eventually help you find things you wrote down, and could one day be looking for.
WHAT’S A “KEY”?
Journalers use a key to help them keep bullets in order. Here’s the key I’ve created to help keep it simple:
You can see I have a few things color coordinated, but otherwise, it’s pretty straightforward. When a task is completed, you mark it as planned. I also began numbering the pages, so that I can index them accurately. The Moleskine doesn’t have numbered pages, but the Leuchtturm1917 already has its pages numbered and has an index – a few less steps to take.
OKAY, NOW WHAT?
Now, you start your planning/journaling! I went ahead and did a full page look at December, and then started off with a daily plan on the side.
I wrote down some ideas for the rest of my bullet journal, and also a few goals I want to accomplish before the end of the month, both personal and blog related.
Again, the beauty of the bullet journal is that I can customize it to my liking. I can doodle away on the next 3 pages; I can make a list of books I want to read; I can make a monthly checklist; I can do anything my dainty little heart desires, and that includes tons of doodles and bright, bright colors!
I am so excited to join the bullet journaling world and share my planner with you.
If you want more information, I would recommend going to the official website (here), or search it on Pinterest, Google, or YouTube – there is a lot to read up on, but it’s all pretty nifty.