Anyone who knows me knows that I’m CRAZY for stationery. I love organisers and diaries and spending afternoons updating my calendar. This year alone, I’ve jumped through three different diaries – I always seem to have this idea that I can somehow streamline my life when (if!) I find the perfect organiser. I don’t want to say it too loudly (touch wood) but I think I might have found it.
Okay, okay, I’m late to the party (like always), but I’ve been trialing the Bullet Journal for the past two months and it’s quite a game changer. To cut a long story short, it’s a system of journaling that combines a yearly and monthly calendar, daily diary, notebook and to-do list into one journal. You can tailor it to suit your own needs, manage many different aspects of your life and boost your productivity. Sound too good to be true?
If you’re interested in learning the basics of how a bullet journal works, I’d suggest watching the creator, Ryder Carroll’s, video below before reading on. He explains how the contents page and future and rapid logging works and what to do to get the most out of your bullet journal. I use most of the original system in my own journal, with a few additions.
I’ve added in additional goals pages, a main grid calendar at the beginning of each month (which I draw up as the month approaches) because I like the visual layout of seeing what I have on each month, and a post scheduler for my blog for each month at the beginning of the journal, so I can plan ahead for blog posts. I recommend having a look of Pinterest (although cautiously – it’s easy to get overwhelmed) or having a browse through YouTube for inspiration on pages to include in your journal which you think will work for you. The great thing about the bullet journal is that you can change it and streamline your system as you go – no need to keep buying diaries, Ronja. I personally based my journal layout off blogger Lily Pebbles’ (which you can find HERE), because we have similar needs. My bullet journal isn’t fancy – in fact, there’s a lot of ink bleeds and crossing-out – but it works for me, and I even look forward to starting my to-do list in the morning and crossing everything off in the evening. I’m crazy, I know.
Keen to get started? I’d recommend getting yourself a dotted grid journal (numbered is a dream!) like the Leuchtturm 1917 A5 one I have – or if you find a cheaper one somewhere, even better. I got mine off Ebay for approx. $30. Spend a couple days putting together a bit of a brainstorm of the aspects of your life you want to include in your journal and the type of layout you think will suit you – and then get started. There’s no better way to find out what works for you, or doesn’t. And let me know how you find it! I’d love to hear what you include in your bullet journal.