For as long as I can remember I have always been a stationery junkie, and for someone who is incredibly untidy I have always strived to be organised (talk about trying to achieve the impossible). In the process of trying to adopt the habits of being a morning person, keep my belongings tidy and make sure I am on time for various events etc, I have managed to hoard my fair share of notebooks and other supplies. Yes I have come to terms with the fact I have a stationery addiction, and you know what…it doesn’t bother me. ( H on the other hand would probably love me to throw away half of my belongings!)
Recently I came across The Bullet Journal, and the massive following it has so rightly achieved. With bloggers such as Boho Berry and Tiny Ray Of Sunshine being two that are leading the way, it’s hard not to want to try it for yourself. So I did just that. For the first month I used one of the many notebooks I already had (although this is perfectly fine, I do find a notepad suited to bullet journaling works better as it will have the correct number of lines/dots/ grid spaces and the index/ page numbers will already be there.) So I decided to purchase a Leuchtturm 1917. I went for a white cover and dotted interior.
Although I have only been using it the last couple of weeks, I love how simple it is to use. With the creative freedom the blank page gives you and the direction and structure that Ryder Carroll (the founder of The Bullet Journal) gives you it makes it so easy to use it productively.
I got the idea of a Savings Tracker and a Habit Tracker from Boho Berry, but there are so many great ideas on pinterest and instagram. I just picked the ones that worked for me.
For me a food log was something I’d wanted to try but I think next month I’d do this slightly differently. For example, I’d leave room for snacks and on my shopping list page I may try and organise it into sections of the supermarket (A bit OCD I know but it would make food shopping a lot quicker – plus hopefully I wouldn’t forget anything! )
Having an overview of your month is pretty important for me as when it comes to my daily entries I don’t pre-write the dates in, I just do it a day at a time. A monthly overview gives me space to enter future appointments/birthdays etc in advance so I can check it at a moments notice and not double book.
I normally plan my day the evening before so that’s the perfect time for me to work out my daily entry. If I can’t manage everything I’d planned to do, I simply migrate what is left to a new day.
There are so many youtube videos out there that explain how to set up your own journal and customise it to your needs. Let me know if you have any Bullet Journal tips or if you think you might try it!