I love the act of planning and lists. OH BOY do I love my lists. I’ve tried planners and Â notebooks and binders and pretty much everything under the sun. Nothing Stuck. I’m a serial notebook and pen purchaser but I wouldn’t ever stick with a particular system for any length of time. That is until I discovered Bullet Journaling on Lifehacker almost a year ago.
Bullet Journals are it for me.
This video plus more instructions and tips for how to get started are all available atÂ http://bulletjournal.com/get-started/
Here’s my journal. I keep it closed with a planner band that I got from my Pocket Letter Pal, Jen. She runs an etsy shop called Bookmark BitchesÂ if you are interested. I love hedgehogs. I carry this with me everywhere. This year I’ve had to upgrade purses so I always have room for a book, my planner and some pens, but its been worth it.
I think its really important to make your journal yours. Here’s the front of mine. I have a love affair with stickers. Some of them I made myself. You can see there is still plenty of room for more!
The most important part of your Bullet Journal is the Index page. This is where you document the location of everything in your bullet journal. Titles on one side and the page number on the other. This way you can always find stuff. I’m considering adding a High Five organization method.Â (Planner nerd)Â I haven’t yet. If anyone out there already does, please let me know!
There are lots of different ways to organize your months. Mine is mostly a blog planner so I list all the blog posts that I’m planning for the month. I love how it’s an easy way to see the entire month all in one place. It really helps me visualize the plan.
I also list my To Be Read books. Sometimes I have trouble remembering which books I have to read for reviews. This really helps me keep track of what’s happening in the future. I usually try to plan a few months ahead. That way I know what’s coming up and can make coals.
This last thing I try to use my bulletjournal for, I wish I was better at. Taking notes on books. I am absolutely terrible at stopping what I’m doing and writing notes.Â I’m trying to get better at brain dumping my impressions into my planner when I’m done with a book. That way I have something to refer to when I’m writing my review later.
Finally, my last pages. I’m working on filling these up.
Bullet Journaling is individual and personal. If you want to start a journal or a planner, make it your own! You can see that I don’t have a KEY. I didn’t make one since mine is mostly calendar pages and checklist pages. I have a different way that I plan for work, my bullet journal is all blogging, all the time. When you are reading through this, you don’t have to do everything I do. This is just a scaffold to get you started.Â I put together a Pinterest board full ofÂ Bullet Journal Resources! Check it out.
Should you choose to accept it….
Do you currently have an organization method? I want to see pictures! There’s nothing I like better than seeing pictures of planners and lists. That’s probably why I’ve switched organizations methods so often in the past. If you write a blog post, I would love to see it, so link me below.
If you are currently searching for a way to organize your life. I CHALLENGE YOU TO TRY SOMETHING! Get a planner. Try bullet Journaling. Start using Google Calendar. I just challenge you to make an attempt at getting your blogging life together. When you are done with that, again, I would love to see pictures or a blog post here.
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(Colors my vary)