Very recently, I mentioned that I was going to have a look at starting bullet journaling. I’ve been doing it for a couple of weeks or so now, and whilst I wasn’t sure to begin with whether it was just another form of procrastination, I’m really enjoying doing it and it is making me a little more organised and productive.
If you want to read more about exactly what bullet journaling is, have a look at the ‘official’ bullet journal website here , but in a nutshell…it’s a DIY planner, diary, organiser, tracker, to do list…basically anything you want it to be.
There are some hardcore bullet journal junkies out there, who live their lives by their ‘bujos’ (I hate that word!) and spend a long time making them looking beautiful – and believe me, on Pinterest and Instagram there are some stunning ones. I don’t do this though – I could easily spend hours prettifying it, but that kind of defeats the object for me. I want to use it to help me use what little time I do have more productively. My only concession to making it pretty is using the odd bit of washi tape. Mine is definitely more functional.
I don’t use mine as a planner or a diary as such either – for that I have my Paperchase planner. I use my bullet journal as a kind of glorified to-do list and record keeper. If I write lists on paper, I tend to lose them, and as I find good old paper and pen easier to use than spreadsheets and online organisers, keeping it all in one place kind of makes sense.
So, in my bullet journal, I have a little to-do list for every day. At the front of the book, I have a key which helps me organise my thoughts a little bit better – mine is very basic – a square for a task, a circle for an event and a triangle for an appointment. Once these have been completed, I cross them off like any normal to do list. If I need to move them to another day, I put an arrow in the box to ‘migrate’ it.
Lots of people using this system have ‘collections’ and ‘trackers’ in their journal. A collection is pretty much like a list. The only ones I have in there are a list of books that I have read, blog posts I need to write and payments I am waiting for. Trackers literally track habits – it might be how much water you have drank, how much weight you have lost etc. The only one I have in there is for Alex’s night terrors – I’m trying to keep a record of how often they happen and when to see if there is a pattern.
Most people seem to use dotted notebooks for their bullet journals. I looked everywhere for one that I liked that wasn’t too expensive, which is when I came across TOAD Diaries. I know TOAD Diaries are popular with bloggers because they are so customizable, so when I saw they had dotted notebooks, I was over the moon. The ordering process was simple – I could choose the style of binding, the size, the cover design, the size of the dots, the number of pages and the personalisation. Mine came to £12.48, which for a fully personalised notebook is pretty good value. When it came four days later, I was so pleased with the book!
It gets chucked in my handbag a lot, so the plastic cover keeps it safe, and there is a handy contents page (all of the pages are numbered), and an attached ribbon bookmark. At the back, there is a pocket for keeping important bits of paper in, which is incredibly useful!
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