My Bullet Journal

My Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal. Bullet journal’s are all the rage at the minute in certain circles, and I have noticed a huge increase in the amount of people using them everyday, more-so since I started using one myself.

I first started bullet journaling back in May 2016 after doing some research into a traveller’s notebook system (which is another blog post for another day), and during that research the phrase “bullet journal” kept popping up over and over again to the point where I had to find out what a bullet journal was. That was when I found this video, and everything for me changed:

It’s at this point where you’ve either lost interest and clicked out of this blog post, or you’re still here–if you’re still here, welcome to the bullet journal community. There’s no going back >:)

I started bullet journaling in a small A5 grid notebook that I had spare, and after three months of successful journaling (read: I knew this was something I wasn’t going to stop doing anytime soon), I took the plunge and purchased a Leuchtturm 1917 dot-grid notebook, similar to the one Ryder, and most other people who bullet journal use. Its important to remember though, that you don’t have to use the notebook that Ryder has. You can useΒ any notebook you have to hand, because at the end of the day, it’s about the system that’s being used and not the notebook.

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This my key, or Legend as some people call it. These are the symbols that are used within the notebook. These symbols vary from person to person, and they’re just little symbols that help keep your bullet journal organised, so you know where you’re at.

The great thing about the bullet journal system is that there is no rules to it. Of course you have the foundation that creator Ryder Carroll has set, but after that, it’s open season, and you can add as many or not include as many things as you like. You can make it as minimal as Ryder does, or you can go extremely fancy and pimp that bullet journal out to the max! I like to think I take a minimalist approach to my bullet journal, and while I do embellish it here and there, I like to keep it simple.

Here we have some examples of my Weekly Overviews and my Daily Logs. In my Weekly Overviews, I keep note of what hours I’m working during the week as well as any events or appointments that I need to attend/remember. I also keep note of what blog posts I intend to post during that week, and then underneath I keep a mini Future-Log of events or notes that I need to remember that are coming up the following week, and I transfer them onto the following week’s Weekly Overview when I get to it. My dailies are self fairly similar to Ryder’s. I log what needs to be done for the day, and then in the evening I’ll either tick it off or migrate it, depending on whether I get said task done or not.

Like I mentioned, some pe2017-03-08 20.41.56ople like to go real fancy with their bullet journal, and some keep it real minimal, but I like to think I’m in between the two, so when I do embellish my journal, its usually just by adding some colour with pens or markers, or adding washi tape and maybe the odd sticker here or there. I don’t like to go too far with the decorations though, because I think sometimes it can take from the purpose of the bullet journal, which is to keep everything clean, simple and organised all in one place.

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My current Weekly Overview Spread and the case I keep my journal and supplies in.

There you have it! That’s my bullet journal. I hope you enjoyed this little post about my bullet journal, and let me know if you’d like to see more, whether it’s how I set it up for the month or what kind of collections/spreads I keep in it! πŸ™‚

I’d like to give a shout-out to a few fellow bloggers, who also do bullet journal blog posts and inspired me to do this blog post:

Emma over at BluChickenNinja

Dan over at StrayStrutDog

Emma over at Puddleside Musings

Kara over at Boho Berry

12 thoughts on “My Bullet Journal”

  1. I got sucked into the bullet journal rabbit hole in late Dec and haven’t looked back! Mine could be described as minimal with a little flair, I like to embellish my collections but not so much my Monthly or Weekly spreads. I don’t keep Dailies as I don’t have that much going on at the moment. Thanks for sharing your bujo πŸ™‚

  2. DID blog about your bullet journal! Thank you! To be honest, I was surprised at how simple the process was. I LOVE Boho Berry..her writing is totally enviable hehe.

  3. After a lot of deliberating, I decided to pick up a monthly agenda and honestly it has kind of changed my life. I have been interested in the hype of the bullet journal for awhile now but I feel I need to start with something a little less complicated. Perhaps I will graduate to one of these babies in the future. Well done!

    1. There’s nothing really too complicated about it at all tbh–have you watched the video in the post by Ryder Carroll, the creator? He explains everything very plain and simple and how you only need a notebook of choice and pen. Whether you add all fancy and frilly stuff is completely up to you ☺️

  4. What a cool idea. Not heard of this until today so bumping into you on Steph’s spring blog party was no bad thing at all. I guess this is a form of scheduling that CBT practitioners big up to get minds focussed on tasks ahead and not enter a day with uncertainty of purpose? I must look into this further. Many thanks for sharing this one πŸ™‚

    1. I definitely recommend you stick to Ryder Carroll’s Bullet Journal video for the original concept and creation of your Bullet Journal. Then you can give or take everyone else’s concepts as you please πŸ™‚

    1. It’s a great system! Definitely recommend you check out Ryder Carroll’s video to get the original concept. You can then take or leave everyone else’s concepts as you please πŸ™‚

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