Have you guys heard of the Bullet Journal??
It’s a planner, journal, and to-do list in one. But it’s so much more.
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect calendar/planner for what feels like forever and although I have found ones that were good enough, they were still lacking in qualities I needed to help get myself organized. I don’t know about you, but I have different notebooks for different things as well as a separate calendar. And let’s not get into the litter of sticky notes that adorn my office.
(Oh, if you haven’t gathered by now, I prefer to write things down rather than type them into an app. I’m old school like that.)
I was on the hunt again for a new planner and came across the usual suspects. Frustrated, I began searching the web for alternatives and I happened across the Bullet Journal.
The first article I read left me scratching my head and muttering ‘WTF’ but I was intrigued. I quickly searched for more info and as things began to start clicking in my head, I realized this was what I needed. I was so excited I showed my husband and long story short, we immediately went out and bought new notebooks.
Ok, so I’m going to try and explain it the best I can and I’ll also link some helpful articles at the end.
The creator of this system, Ryder Carrol, describes it as:
An analog system for the digital age. It helps record the past organize the present and plan for the future. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook and diary and all the above.
The first component of the Journal is an Index:
I also created a color coded index just to help me locate things even easier:
The next component is the Future Log:
Some people create Monthly Logs but I skipped this because I felt the Future Log was enough for me and instead created a Weekly Log with a Tasks Page:
I know, it seems like a lot of work but honestly it wasn’t. Once I had a clear picture of what I needed and created a blueprint on scratch paper, it was really easy to lay everything out in my notebook. It was fun, too!
The best part about the Bullet Journal? There is no right or wrong way to create one and you can do whatever you want however you want to keep your life organized. As you can tell, I just started mine but I’m sure a lot more will be added on and there will be changes and tweaks made every day.
If you’re interested in starting one, I highly recommend beginning with the following supplies:
- Leuchtturm1917 Notebook – This notebook seems to be the favorite choice for a Bullet Journal and I can see why. The pages are numbered and there’s an index already printed in the notebooks. The 145x210mm is he perfect size, too – not to big and not too small. You can use any other notebook you have available but this one just seemed to be made for Bullet Journals.
- Staedtler Pigment Liners – Theses pens come in various size tips which will come in handy when you’re creating your layouts and components. I like to write with the 0.3mm and the thicker points are nice for titles and such.
- Pilot FriXion Erasable Gel Pens – No joke, these really erase. Well. If you’re a perfectionist like me and can’t stand mistakes, get these. Your OCD self will thank you.
- Clear ruler – Make sure it can span 2 pages in your journal. Clear is also preferable so you can see the little dots on the pages.
Other fun supplies:
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers – These have a brush tip on one end and a pen tip on the other and they’re great if you want to make your journal colorful. The colors are blendable, too.
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliners – Colorful pens that have fine points (0.3mm FTW!).
- Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils – I used these in art school and love them.
If you’ve made it this far and you’re still intrigued, watch the video below and check out the other articles that will give you more insight into all of this and help you figure out the best way to map out your life. Seriously, the sky’s the limit.
- WTF is a Bullet Journal?
- How to Bullet Journal
- Thorough Guide to the Bullet Journal System
If you already Bullet Journal, I’d love to hear some of your creative ideas and what’s worked well for you. I’m still a nube so I’m looking for inspiration!
Happy journaling! :)