I have been keeping a bullet journal now for almost 2 months, and I wanted to share my thoughts on it once again after using it a bit more.
For those who haven’t heard of or seen a bullet journal before, they are an organizer which you can personalize completely. I have seen some where it is full of yearly trackers only, and some that are the more traditional diary format. For a more complete guide to bullet journaling, check out the website which gives a really in depth overview of the whole system. For more creative ideas, I’d suggest looking up the ‘bujo’ tag on Pinterest. I have a Board where I have some of my favourite ideas, but there are thousands of different posts out there.
Anyway, back to my bullet journal. After many trials and errors, I finally decided on a teal colored Leuchtturm1917 notebook. Like a lot of bullet journalists, I love this for the simple fact that it’s pretty, has numbered pages and has a printed in index page ready for use. My pages are blank too, although I wish that I had a one with dotted pages.
I decided to give it a go because I find traditional diaries a bit too restricting for my blog planning; although they’re ideal for shift tracking.
I have a few yearly trackers at the front, where I keep track of my anxiety, weight and savings. These tend to get filled in on a night, before I go to sleep.
After these trackers, I have my monthly spreads which I mostly use for blog planning. I do keep track of my shifts in here too; just so I know when I’m free to plan future posts.
My most useful pages are my habit trackers and my positive thoughts pages. The tracker is handy for me to keep track of things that I tend to forget, like my asthma medication (the colours mean nothing, I just like it to look pretty). My positive thoughts page is where I go on my low days and try to find stuff to build my confidence. It actually helps, and I’ve added this to my weekly spreads; for each day I’ll be writing a good aspect of that day, even if the day was shit.
I’ve decorated mine mainly with colored pens and washy tape. I was finding that stickers bulked up the old journal too much, so I really minimalised things.
I do find that I am a lot more organised with my blog using this system, and I find it really relaxing.
It’s definitely worth a go.