If you’ve heard of the bullet journal before, awesome.
If not, welcome to a wonderful world of organization!
I’ve been using this system (on and off) for almost a year now, and despite other methods of organization I might use, the bullet journal is the one I keep going back to.
And yes, I’ve written a post very similar to this one before. However, this is different! Not only am I expressing my love for the bullet journal, I’m also sharing my latest layouts and spreads!
During my time away from my blog (back when I was feeling super unmotivated about everything, and took a few months to just live), I realized I needed to start fresh.
I bought a new Leuchtturm1917 Notebook and some Staedtler Color Pens, and I started a brand new bullet journal. And quite frankly, when you’re feeling stuck, starting fresh is a pretty decent solution.
I feel like I was able to declutter my thoughts a little bit and organize the next few months, even if it was just planning a few trips and writing out due dates for assignments.
Anyway, let’s continue.
Why use a bullet journal?
Some of you are probably thinking, “why not just use a normal planner?”
I don’t think I can stress this point enough: customization!
I can create my own layouts and spreads, use whatever colors I want, and basically just do anything I want with this notebook. It’s my journal, agenda, to-do list, grocery list (sometimes), my memory tracker, assignment tracker.. it’s my everything.
I love to doodle and have things laid out the way I want them, and the bullet journal is the perfect outlet for that. I draw little sketches sometimes, doodle little cartoons, practice my calligraphy and lettering – this, while staying organized!
It’s the bomb.
Do people still say that? I’m gonna say, yes.
Okay, so show me some of your layouts.
Well, since you asked..
This is my key, AKA, my “go back and make sure I’m using the right colors for things” page.
The bullet journal uses a ‘bullet’ system to keep track of your tasks (hence the name). I’ve simplified mine down to the basics – I ‘x’ it out if it’s completed, and cross it out if it’s been cancelled. I use an arrow to show that it’s been moved to another day, and a color code my three most important things; work, school, and my blog. If something’s important, it gets three exclamation points beside it, and special events are marked with a little clock.
That’s it. It’s super easy. And if you don’t like the ‘bullets’ or symbols I use, you can use whatever you want.
This is my new favorite monthly layout that I borrowed from Boho Berry, but tweaked for my own use.
I’m able to see my daily important events/tasks, my work schedule, assignment due dates, and then blog ideas. I quickly realized that I didn’t use the ‘blog’ column as much as I anticipated, and ended up creating a different weekly spread for that.
But that’s the beauty of the bullet journal; if something doesn’t work, you just try something else.
These are my dailies. I write down my to-do lists and important things I have going on that day. My headings are simple, but there are certain bullet journalers who are AMAZING at creating beautiful headers. Pinterest has some wicked ideas, too.
I just love how I can make this my own with the little pop of pink and yellow in the burst I doodled.
What about trackers?
I wouldn’t normally share this because it’s a bit more personal, but it’s by far my favorite memory tracker ever.
I don’t remember who I got this idea from so I can’t properly credit them, but as soon as I saw it I knew I loved it. I’ll eventually have it all filled in with little memories I’ll make with my boyfriend, AKA, my sunshine.
Ugh. I’m being sappy again.
I also have a ‘What’s for Dinner?” idea tracker, cause, let’s face it, coming up with ideas for dinner can get tedious and sometimes discouraging. I just created a list of easy recipes I’ve made that are tried and true, and I use the list as my go-to when I don’t know what to make.
I honestly don’t know what else I can say about this because I feel like I’ve already said it all.
I absolutely love using this system to organize, well, everything!
If I haven’t convinced you yet, head to Pinterest or Facebook and do a bullet journal search. Maybe those ideas will inspire you to start your own!