Its no secret that I’m not naturally a super organised person. I wish that I was because life feels so much easier with a bit of order. One thing that has really helped me in the past is a bullet journal. When I had it in my bag I felt in control because I knew that all my to-dos, events, appointments and shopping lists were right there. When life was hectic and my brain was frazzled, my trusty bullet journal would be there to keep me right. Over time though the habit slipped and eventually stopped altogether. Now feels like the right time to bring it back, especially now that I’m going to be tracking habits and trying to simplify my life.
What is a bullet journal?
Its a system for keeping track of dates, tasks, appointments and pretty much anything else you want to keep track of. Designed by Ryder Carrol as a quick and simple way to log information, it can be as simplistic or as complicated as you wish. The original tutorial, filmed by Ryder himself is below and explains how it works and how to set your journal up.
As the idea of using a bullet journal spread and became more and more popular, some of the more artistic users adapted the daily, weekly and monthly pages to suit themselves. This resulted in the beautiful and creative spreads that are all over Pinterest and Instagram. Have a look on my Pinterest board if you want a few examples.
What I love about the Bullet Journal is that you can adapt it to suit your needs. I wish I was capable of producing the beautiful pages on my Pinterest board but I have neither the time nor the artistic ability. Below is how I use my bullet journal and how I’ve adapted it to work for me.
My Bullet Journal
Please excuse the flash mark on the above photo, I had some lighting issues. I must add photography to my list of skills to improve. If anyone knows of any good online tutorials or courses, please send the links my way and I’ll look into it soon! I use a dotted notebook for my bullet journal as that’s what I prefer but any notebook will do, especially if you are just starting out and learning what works best for you. I use weekly spreads instead of dailies, the reason for this is I draw out my spread at the weekend and then its ready to go for the whole week. Once I found a design that worked for me I stuck with it and after a few weeks I could draw it out in autopilot in about 10 minutes. Possibly less, I’ll have to time myself one day!
I lay out the days of week in the top part of the page. I like this layout because my whole week is in front of me, I can see what I have to do on which day, when my appointments are etc. The bottom part of the first page is my meal tracker. Lets zoom in a bit.
Going down the grid are the days of the week. Along the top are Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks. The last column with the badly drawn teacup symbolizes how many caffeinated drinks I have had that day. I don’t normally drink coffee so I’ve always thought that my caffeine intake was fine but I drink a lot of tea. When I started counting how many cups I was drinking a day I was shocked to find that it was often 6+. So I’ve started alternating with decaf and aim not to drink more than 3 regular cups of tea a day. In each little box I jot down what I have eaten that day. It keeps me accountable so I can’t eat lots of rubbish and pretend it didn’t happen, we’ve all been there… If I eat it, its getting written down.
I’ve just restarted bullet journaling but I’m already feeling more in control just by having a place to note everything down. I might tweak the layout over the next few weeks but for now its working well for me. Do you use a bullet journal or do you have a different way of planning your week? Let me know below.