I love notebooks and stationery in general. It’s no wonder that Miss A asks for a new notebook every time we’re out really. I have had so many different ones in the past and often have lists for this that and the other scattered over three of four notebooks. The trouble with this method is that often my great ideas can be lost in pages never to be seen again. I have seen the term bullet journal mentioned before, but despite reading the process I never really understood it so I dismissed it as a way for me to organise myself and carried on with my notebooks and lists. Just recently I looked at how to start a bullet journal again and this time something clicked. I got it! Could starting a bullet journal be what I needed to stay focused and organised?
I bought myself a new notebook, great excuse eh? I didn’t buy the Leuchtturm notebook that bullet journalers seem to recommend, but as this is a new concept to me, I have decided to stick with what I have and when my notebook is full, I will have a Leuchtturm one next time. They do come in a great variety of colours which I am already deciding which to get in my head. I quickly learnt that the Leuchtturm notebook was going to work so much better.
The basic idea of a bullet journal is to have everything you need in one place, cleverly indexed at the beginning so you know where everything is. This means you can have a list for books to read, meals to cook, blog ideas etc and they aren’t out of place because they have an indexed page so you can find them easily. Bullet journal inspiration is different for everyone, and whilst my first bullet journal isn’t as pretty as I’d like it’s setting me on the way to becoming a more organised person.
I have ideas for so many different things going around in my head, and often it’s a great idea to be able to write these ideas and notes down to save space in my brain as well as being able to remember them. I have started my bullet journal with some random lists that I want and need to remember, as well as having the resource to be able to record things such as blog stats all in once place for easy reference. I am beginning to see how a bullet journal could be a very strong contender within the Kon Marie method of decluttering, something else I am starting in my home recently.
My bullet journal is only a couple of weeks old at the moment, currently with 24 pages started or filled in. I have so many ideas that are going to take up additional pages in the future, but I am trying not to overwhelm myself with adding to much to begin with. The beauty of a bullet journal is that you can make it your own. Each page is blank for you to add your own mark onto it in any way you like. It doesn’t have to be neat and tidy if that doesn’t reflect you as a person, and I like that about the process. It also means that I haven’t ruined a notebook if I add something that doesn’t flow with how I thought a notebook may be filled.
A big part of a bullet journal is the calendar. I currently have a month view so I can quickly see what I have coming up, but then I break my month down into weekly views so I can see what I have to do that week. Currently I have my weekly view set up to see personal, blog and a to do list per day. I am going to tweak my design for the next month I draw into the bullet journal though as I am finding so much inspiration on Pinterest and Youtube to try out.
Have you thought about how to start a Bullet Journal?
Since I began Bullet Journalling, I have researched some of the best supplies to purchase. I have also reflected back on my bullet journal after six months and it’s working for me.