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BULLET JOURNALING – MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Bullet Journaling - my first impressions. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://lime-start.com/2016/05/bullet-journalin…irst-impressions/

In my last post I gave a pictorial run through of some of the planning systems I’d used before finding bullet journaling. For me planning is part function and part fun and enjoyment and the systems I used previously certainly filled those criteria. However, I was always searching for a system which would meet all my needs and hence I jumped from one planner to the next. I came to accept that the often talked about ‘planner peace’ didn’t really exist; that the planner which works for you now is the perfect planner. However, that may not be the one that suits you in a weeks time never mind next month.

Bullet Journaling - my first impressions. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://lime-start.com/2016/05/bullet-journalin…irst-impressions/

I’d briefly looked at bullet journaling in the past and realised that my to-do list system was similar in many ways. I adapted my pre-laid out systems (such as the Midori above) slightly to fit in with some of the bullet journal principles but didn’t embrace bullet journaling totally. I can’t say exactly what prompted me to take a closer look at bullet journaling again. I probably came across a picture on Instagram but one evening at the end of March all of a sudden I was grabbing a notebook and playing around with bullet journaling ideas. The next day I ordered a Leuchtturm1917 and impatiently waited for it to arrive. Two months on of bullet journaling on a daily basis, I can say my eyes have been opened to the joys of a system which is fully adaptable to anyone’s needs.

Bullet Journaling - my first impressions. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://lime-start.com/2016/05/bullet-journalin…irst-impressions/

But I’m jumping ahead of myself slightly, if you’ve not come across bullet journaling before let me give you a quick overview.

The analog system for the digital age. 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.

The above quote is from the official Bullet Journal website – the home of creator Ryder Carroll, creator of the bullet journal system. Here he introduces the principles of the bullet journaling system

To fully appreciate the system I recommend taking some time to look around the Bullet Journal site and a good place to begin is with Getting Started.

Now that you have a better understanding of how the system works in its original form then the joy of bullet journaling to me is that it is fully adaptable to whatever you want your bullet journal to be.

Leuchtturm1917 dot grid in emerald

Following recommendations I chose the Leuchtturm1917 as my notebook and combined it with a plethora of pens, pencils, fountain pens and paints to create a home for my planning that I found inspiring to use. However, you should use whatever notebook or system suits you be that a notebook, filofax, arc system or spiral bound planner. Whatever you have or want to use that is the perfect bullet journal for you!

Bullet Journaling - my first impressions. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://lime-start.com/2016/05/bullet-journalin…irst-impressions/

So how have I been using the system? In the main I’ve discovered that daily spreads are the key to my planning. If an item is on the page for the day then it will get looked at and dealt with. This means that I have a list as the main feature. I write appointments in a different color from other the remaining items which are written in black. This helps me to see at a glance time specific items. I base all items on the following key:

 • a simple bullet for each item

× when the item is complete I turn the bullet in to a cross

→ if I’ve failed to complete an item I turn the bullet in to an arrow to indicate that it needs to be carried forward

if an item is no longer relevant I score through the bullet

* • I will add a star next to an item that is urgent

– if I want to make a note of something which isn’t an actual action but more something to think about or research at a later time I will use a dash to signify

But you can use any key which suits you and design your bullet journal to your style. A clean and simple design concentrated on getting things done? Yup it can do that – check out Laura of bujo.auslife

 

Perhaps you want to include some artistry and beautiful lettering such as Kara from Boho Berry?

 

Or even as I do combining watercolor doodles, lettering practice and planning all in one.

 

The basic skeleton of the bullet journaling involved is the same and adapts to how you want to use it. More than anything pick up a notebook, any notebook and start. You won’t look back!

Thanks for calling by today I will be back next weekend with another post. If you have any suggestions as to what you’d like to hear about please leave them in the comments below :D

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Ruth
    May 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you for introducing me to Bullet journaling!

    • Reply
      Debby
      May 22, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      You’re so welcome Ruth! I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am :D

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    conil
    May 23, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I’ll admit it! you may already have guessed…I’m not a planner girl. Actually since retiring from the business world, I make it a point to NOT have a planner. Unfortunately, I’ve found over time, that what was a very organized person (me) has become a bit, shall we say, lazy minded and a touch forgetful (of course, i refuse to think of that as an age related problem). Anyway, after saying all that and you wasting your valuable time reading it, I may consider this bullet method. Have to think about it for a while but this looks very like how I use to plan when I was working full time. Thanks for sharing.

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      Debby
      May 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      It really is a simple system based on a traditional ‘to-do list’ style. You can just make it what you want Coni. I just love writing things down – it helps me to remember what needs doing and I get to practice writing with lovely pens. I used to have fountain pens at school and love to simply write!

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    Svitlana Shayevich
    July 19, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Such a great and beautiful post.
    In my opinion the planner piece exists. But it isn’t something constant. Life changes, I’m changing, my experience with planner changes the way it serves me better. Hence I’m making changes to my planner or my system. I think following the flow according to what serves your better currently IS the planner piece.
    I started using BJ several months ago. I keep it in my kikki-k (I need to have an option to remove pages from there and I need all these pockets to store receipts, coupons etc,. as I work full-time and my planner is always with me). But it when it comes to actually calendar pages – so far BJ is the easiest, clearest systems with no boundaries. I assume that something can change for me in future as it was before. But so far I don’t see this happening at all. There absolutely nothing I’d like to change. Never happened with me before with other systems.

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    Simply a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw great design. “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.” by Albert Einstein.

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