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 use 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.
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 people 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.
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! 🙂
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: