How to | Bullet Journal

If you’re like me – a walking contradiction who likes to procrastinate when there are jobs to be done, but also likes efficiency and that satisfaction of a list, then a bullet journal will become your new best friend!

 

A bullet journal in it’s basic form is a notebook (usually far too nicely decorated hence the procrastination) filled with lists and ‘to-do’s’ along with any other form of forward planning. Admittedly if I have completed a job that wasn’t in my bullet journal or any list, I do tend to add it on retrospectively just so I look busy yet successful!

If you look online, you will see an array of beautiful journals where the pages are filled with washi-tape and drawings. This is how we generally all start until we find our own style. Secondly you will find and array of ‘styles’ of journal from dots, squares and lines to plain or coloured paper. The choice is completely personal as you need to get the most out of your bullet journal (or bujo for short which never sits easy with me for some reason).

After attempting to copy some of the more artistic journal-ers I found my own flow – I currently use a Leuchtturm 1917 in black and the pages are dotty – this helps me to structure any tables I may draw without being as invasive as squares. A ruler, pen and coloured pencil crayons are all I find that I need and I use the same format each week. Occasionally I add in a separate tracker such as my catalogue balance or the layout of our wedding day.

Each week the left hand page is used to break down into the 7 days. Each day will be filled with tasks and once complete I pop a little ‘x’ next to it. Here I also include little circles and squares which I colour in once I have eaten a portion of fruit or veg (square) or drank 500ml of water (circle). These are rarely complete, especially the water…but I am getting better!

The right hand side of my journal is filled with trackers….

1)      My wife’s work schedule so I know where she is at all times! Just kidding – this helps with planning our meals or who is letting Rupert out etc.

2)      Our lunch and dinner is tracked here – we can see just how many takeaways we eat – eek!

3)      House/garden tasks – I plan cleaning and gardening here. Yes, plan, not necessarily do!

4)      Tracker tasks which I colour in once complete such as walking Rupert, not drinking cola that day, visiting family etc.

5)      This box is left blank until the end of the week where I’ll write a thought for the week, or draw a picture to show activities which I enjoyed that week etc.

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And that is as simple as my weekly bullet journal is.

Again, I do add variants throughout depending what is important to me at the time, such as places I’ve visited throughout the year, wedding plans, YouTube video ideas – the choice is completely personal.

So … if you are a fellow bullet journal fanatic or think you may like to have a go, please leave a comment below … if I’m alone in this quest (as it does seem more popular in America than the UK according to the Facebook groups…yes, there are Facebook groups for the avid fan of bullet journals!) then I expect I’ll just go and write another list about how to inspire the art of the Bujo! (ergh there’s that word again!)

3 Comments

  1. August 24, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Literally just about to dip my toes into the waters of bullet journalling – love the post – any links to FB groups would be amazing, if you have them to hand please.

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      August 24, 2016 / 3:33 pm

      I have added you to the Bullet Journal Junkies group! It’s slightly overwhelming at first but you find your bullet journal flow soon enough x

  2. September 3, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    I’m also about to dip my toes into bullet journalling. I’ve bought a German notebook and a notebook with doodles in. I plan to add the pretty as knowing me, I’d just make a mistake. I am the same, I love blitzing through a list but procrastinating is my downfall!

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