How I Use My Bullet Journal
Over the last few weeks, I have had to be really organised, so I’ve been updating my bullet journal.
Not only is June the month of birthdays in my family, but it has also been the first month since I graduated from university. So I’m job-hunting.
I needed to find a fun and easy way to keep myself organised, and I discovered Bullet Journaling via YouTube.
I have more journals than I can count – a separate blog post will be done on this soon – but this is the first kind of journaling that encompasses all types of journaling.
– To-Do Lists
– Calendar Planning
– Big Events Planning
– General Lists etc
I’m not going to go into the layout or originality of the journal but here is a handy video from the creator of Bullet Journaling for you to watch!
To begin Bullet Journal here are the components that you will need.
Bullet Journal Supplies
– A journal – Moleskine, Leuchtturm or any old journal you’ve got lying around.
– Pens – I find coloured, thin-tip pens like Stabilo pens or Staedtler pens help to make your handwriting and design really pretty and easy to understand
– A ruler – I’ve made a lot of graphs, as you’ll see, and a ruler has been my godsend. You can go free-hand, but my hands shake when I concentre (typical) so I find a ruler is best
That’s it really. Nothing else is pressing, besides life.
Now I’ve only been journaling for a week but here are some of the pages that I have drawn up so far.
On the first page, I’ve highlighted the word ‘Choice’.
Choice is my word of the year. It is the word I focus on throughout the year which means something to me. Other people, I’ve seen via Youtube and Blogs, have chosen words like Flourish and Worth.
You can choose a word that you want to focus on, improve on or simply like as an anchor to your year.
The next page is the Key. I won’t talk much about this but it is a concept that comes with the Bullet Journal – you can learn all about it in the youtube video above.
The fun bit about the Bullet Journal is that you can choose whatever pages/lists you like. Here are some examples:
Bullet Journal Pages
Monthly and Weekly Trackers
Trackers – which you can make monthly or weekly – allows me to keep track of things that I’m doing throughout the month.
You can also add things like Meat-Free Days, phone your grandparents, drink water and exercise etc. Whatever you want to track you can add them in.
This is my weekly spread. I re-design my spreads quite regularly as some are quicker to draw up than others and sometimes I don’t have time to colour and craft eccentric weekly trackers.
This spread allows me to keep a weekly diary, and for the most part, it looks super pretty too!
So that is, currently what my Bullet Journal looks like. I’m adding pages and trackers daily and designing as I go. That’s the beauty of Bullet Journals, you can adapt and do what you like without conforming to an already-designed planner.
Bullet Journals are just great fun. They’re proficient and entirely of your own design.
I’ve seen some people use Bullet Journals for daily doodles and tattoo designs, simply as an address book or as a book to make notes. It’s yours to do as you wish.
I got my journal from Paperchase for £11, from the Agenzio line (unfortunately sold out online), and my pens from Wilkos (Stabilo colour set) for £5 and I’m away. It’s an inexpensive, designable organiser that fits your needs and your needs only. Perfect.
Let me know if you’re currently using a bullet journal! I’d love to see it! Until then though, enjoy!