Saturday, 2 April 2016

Starting My Bullet Journal

I am notoriously poor at keeping myself organised - it's always been this way; I was always the kid who forgot their homework planner (or if I had it, it was undoubtedly empty) and so when the bullet journal craze started, I was intrigued. So many people following one simple system couldn't be wrong, surely? As my current digital system was failing me (read; I was forgetting to bother to fill it in) I decided that now was as good a time as any to flick to the newest, and seemingly the best, analog system.

The idea is simple; it's a customisable system with a basic key that you can use to fit your life to the best of your ability. As you fill in the index yourself - the book is entirely yours to fill whilst remaining categorised and easy to navigate. Sounds easy, right? So I decided to put it to the test. The first, and probably the most important step realistically, is picking the best book to fit your needs. I tried a Sloane Stationary book to begin with that they'd kindly provided me with and this was small enough to be really handy, but the pages were completely plain and too thin to realistically work as a bullet journal - however, I keep one on hand as my future planning journal - which means that anything I add to my book as a future plan also goes in my Sloane Stationary "To Do Or Not To Do" notebook. I've found that this works as a good system to ensure that I'm planning well for the future as well as keeping on top of what I'm doing right now as, realistically, the bullet journal system doesn't work amazingly for future planning. The two book system seems a little complicated but it really works for me.

So, for my actual Bullet Journal I went back to the drawing board and, although I did extensive research, I ended up opting for the actual Bullet Journal book which is a modified Leuchtturm 1917 which is completely revamped in order to best suit the Bullet system. This works well for me as it is a dotted book, which means I don't have to measure using a ruler in the same way that I was, and it also comes with numbered pages, a key and an index. This book just makes the whole thing a little bit more simple in my opinion, especially if this is your first bullet journal. I then decided which spreads I was really keen to incorportate on and so my first month had a Waiting On page (for any post I was still waiting on), a Monthly Overview page (so I could view my calendar at a glance), a Habit Tracker (to try to ensure I keep on top of the things in my life I should ideally be doing) and a Finance Tracker (to try and shame me into spending less money). Essentially though, you can have as many or as few spreads as suit you.

I'm really new to the journal, but I've been tracking my food, sleep, water and managing to keep on top of my daily tasks for the most part and - as it's so tailored to me - I really find writing in it enjoyable. It's early days yet and so I might fall out of love but this is my bullet journal at the moment and I'll be updating you as I go - wish me luck!

Have you got any tips for bullet journalling?

Sammy xo.
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