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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I love when I get to the end of a double spread in my #leuchtturm1917 covered with notes, watercolors and lettering! I filled in a gap with a doodle for today's #togetherweletter – aqua, had fun attempting a pink flamingo for #DNDChallenge and added to it the #letteritmay quote – she dreams more often than she sleeps. Close ups in the next photos 📷🔎 Now it's time to crack on with my to do list for the day 👍🏻
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