HOW AND WHY I BULLET JOURNAL
[I updated this post 11 months after it went live on 09/07/2017!]
I discovered Bullet Journaling like many others on Pinterest and was immediately in love with the idea, despite being slightly overwhelmed with the sheer volume and beauty of the different spreads and ideas. My system of having a ‘family binder’ just wasn’t working out for me despite having many of the same elements as the Bullet Journal so, in May 2016, I dived straight in.
I plan everything in my Bullet Journal. Everyone uses theirs differently and it takes a while to find your ‘planner peace’, but for me, I need to be extremely organised and it needs to be all in one space. Although, I am working on a specific Blog Planner that might become very useful as I continue blogging but I will be incorporating them both into each other so they are more concise and there’s less separation. I work from home so I have a lot of time to work on my journal, so my method isn’t for everybody but I hope I can give some inspiration or ideas in any case.
My August setup is fairly simple compared to previous months. I’ve done away with my daily habit tracker and weight tracker (I’m trying to go a month without weighing myself) and I’m going back to basics with my goals, master task list, waiting-on list, gratitude and memories log, Instagram schedule and a new blog schedule.
Here is my August title page and goals. I like to have some small goals each month that aren’t on my ‘master task list’ (below). I then do a review at the end of the month to see where I am with those goals. I’m not perfect at doodling or lettering like the beautiful journals I originally saw on Pinterest, but I’m pretty happy anyway. As you can see, I use washi tape in my journal for both decoration and as markers. I had a bullet journal-specific Instagram (@hollife.journal) where you can see my journal in more detail. I don’t update it anymore but my older posts may help with ideas or if you just want to see my spreads in more detail.
To the right is my Master Task List and my Waiting On tracker. General tasks which don’t have a specific deadline (like reading a new book, or updating a blog post) go on the Master Task List. My Waiting On tracker is a list of things that I’m well, waiting on – letters, emails, phone calls, parcels. It’s very useful to keep track of what I’ve ordered and what I haven’t received yet, because I have been known to forget.
I decided to colour-code my blog schedule for the different types of blog posts I’m planning. As you can tell, my Instagram schedule is very much work-in-progress at the moment as I took these pictures just before the end of August, but it’s the same set-up as the blog schedule with an additional a follower count. I post on Instagram at least once a day and you can follow me at instagram.com/hollife.
This is a new spread for my journal this month. I have created a memories page for the month before but I’m going to merge a gratitude log with it this time, as I want to fill the page with writing. Sometimes the simplicity of plain black handwriting on a white page is beautiful. I want to write in a big square spiral, and not left to right for something different. I might cover up the title and redo it as I’m not happy with my handwriting.
That’s it for my August set-up. I have posted a flip-through of my bullet journal so far on my YouTube channel if you would like to see previous month set-ups. For those of you who want to get started with a bullet journal but don’t know where to begin, I have a ‘how-to’ post planned for the next couple of weeks, so make sure you’re following the blog so you’ll be the first to see that. You can sign up to email alerts (on the sidebar, or below this post if you’re on mobile) so you can get notified as soon as I post! I also have a master post of ideas for spreads coming out in the next week.