Do you love organizers. Do you actually use them or do they collect dust and look pretty on the edge of your desk? I collect journals and planners that stay empty. But I have found a better way to plan, organize and journal all in one: The Bullet Journal, and I just started one!
I love organizers, and journals. The only problem is I do not use them. They either do not give me enough space, or I have too much space. Either way they all end up on a bookcase or in a drawer never to be used again. So in my customary ways of buying things that I do not use, I saw this BEAUTIFUL planner in a jewelry store the other day. I showed it to my hubby in hopes that he would say, ‘Yes please buy another planner that you won’t use dear!’ But he did not. As I mentally began thinking of a way to procure this planner that would alter my existence, it would organize my world and keep me on schedule, I began to think, ‘why don’t I make it’! DIYing and creating is always my fall back option when I can’t afford or find something that I want. So to make a long intro short, I found this new way to plan called Bullet Journaling. Here is a short video that explains Bullet Journaling.
The Bullet Journal is “a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.” (www.bulletjournal.com). Basically its a way to create a planner/journal that gives you only what you need and nothing more. You decide the layout, the way it organize, if you will have a minimalist layout, or a fancy one. It’s your choice. Plus you can add in Inspiration pages, information that is important to me, like goals, dinner plans, date night, doddle pages, fashion inspiration pages, anything and everything. You can write out goals and plans, and wishes, anything you want! There are tons of layout options available everywhere. Here is a Pinterest board with layout options and more information
I usually jump head first into new concepts but I decided to show restraint and baby step into the process. Instead of buying a new journal and pens, I used supplies that I already had on hand. Here is the basic layout of what your Bullet Journal should have
I used this guide to start and referred to pictures that I pinned on the Pinterest board to determine the design part.
To start with you will need:
- ruler (for drawing straight lines, and measuring)
- optional washi tape or scrapbooking paper to decorate
Step 1: Index
I started my bullet journal in a journal I have already written in. I placed a piece of scrapbook paper on the ‘cover’ page to separate the bullet journal from the rest of the book.
I then created a Key. The Key is used to describe all your symbols that you use in your journal. The Bullet Journal Quick Reference Guide has symbols that you can use. Keep in mind when creating the Key you want something that is easy to remember. If you are just starting, create a fold out key reference in the back of your journal. The Index is your table of contents. You list what you have in your journal and the page numbers.
Step 2: The next step is your Future Planning page(s).This is where you plan over the months of the year. I decided to insert a Calendar of the whole year (I only did the summer months, I am testing it to see if I like it). I also added a section for holidays and birthdays. Then I added a Future Planning page. The Future Planning page is how you plan from month to month. You have the space to write down more dates and time that you will add to your weekly layout. I really like this page, I had fun making it.
Step 3: Monthly Log: I added a Goals section to this page and divided my days into morning, afternoon and evening. It seems a little repetitive to me to write out the month again, but I will try it this way before I change it.
Step 4: Daily Log: This is where you write out important dates and journal. I tried a couple of layouts see which one I really like.
The next step is to add collections. This section of your journal is completely up to you. I have not decided what to add yet. I have seen soo many inspirational pictures that I am having a hard time trying to decide what to do next.
This is what I have so far. Have you thought of starting a bullet journal? What worked best for you, please share and comment below.