What is a bullet journal?

What is a bullet journal title

Every day I go online and every day I see the term “bullet journal”. A few months ago I clicked on a couple of Pinterest posts to find out more about it but at first glance it wasn’t bright and sparkly enough for me so I investigated no further. 3 months later and this fad just isn’t going away. I still see everyone sharing their layouts and trackers so once again curiosity got the better of me. I decided to give it a try. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it after all…

The first thing I did was visit www.bulletjournal.com – the official site that shows where bullet journaling began and the basic gist of how to go about starting your own.

As always I have a firm lock on my purse strings (oh, the joys of maternity pay!) so instead of committing to a beautiful Moleskine notebook I shelled out a whole £1.50 on this childish exercise style notebook. After all, this was just going to be an experiment.

bullet journal notebook

I chose this book because it was dotted instead of plain or lined and would be ideal for any tables and diagrams I needed to draw. If I hadn’t found this dotted one I would have settled for graph paper or squared.

spotted notebook paper

So anyway let’s get to business. What is a bullet journal? Well…it’s…um…anything you want it to be actually but I’ll go ahead and tell you about the ways most people use their bullet journals.

PLANNER

However you plan – yearly, monthly, in a diary, with to do lists – this is what the Bujo was intended for in the beginning. It doesn’t matter how you do it as long as you do do it. The whole idea of the bullet journal is to make life easier with minimal time spent on planning (i.e. without paint and glitter). This can be done with an actual bullet system as described by Ryder Carroll on the official website, or you can take it further like me by making tables and charts. Although this approach takes a little more time at the beginning of the year/month/week/day, I find it much easier for my brain to comprehend (and admire) at a glance. I do use the actual bullet system for my daily breakdown to-do list as I love the satisfaction of ticking tasks off when they are complete.

TRACKER

The Bujo is perfect for tracking progress/results. I choose to make mine more graphic but a tally chart would be just as effective. You can track anything – cleaning, exercise, savings, business goals – you’re only restricted by your own imagination. The Bujo holds you accountable for your own goals. This is perfect if you are like me and tend to “forget” about personal targets you really want to achieve. Once it is in your bullet it will sit there glaring at you until complete…kinda like a scary headmistress waiting for you to finish writing out the dictionary in detention.

A PLACE FOR LISTS

Who doesn’t love a good list?!

Shopping lists

Wish lists

Ideas

Places to go

Gratitude

Books

Quotes

Christmas gifts

Packing

Movies

Pokemon

These are just a few of the ideas I’ve seen put into practice (and no, I am not joking about the Pokemon one). There’s not much else I can say about lists but I hope you appreciate the fact that I presented this section in list form!




RECORDING MEMORIES

Even if you don’t intentionally use your Bujo to record memories it will automatically become a record when you’re done. All you have to do is keep it once you get to the end of your notebook. It will be great to look back from the future when you’re a high flier. Imagine all of the fuzzy warm feelings you will get when you look back at how you got there.

I totally recommend you give bullet journaling a try. It’s the most satisfying and non-intimidating planning system I have ever tried. It is very forgiving. If you forget to use it one day then there is no page left standing empty, you just put the next day in it’s place instead. Go on… all you need is a notebook and a pen!

I would love to know if you guys have any other uses for your bullet journal. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know!