Bullet Journaling

January 7, 2017 Geekery 9

Right, so, clearly “bullet journals” are a THING right now. A trend, a fad, a glorious new way of life, whatever you want to call it — I’m doing it.

(If this is all new to you, check out the official Bullet Journal website here.)

I’ve been sort of sloppily, unofficially doing this thing for a couple of months now. I found it very helpful and I think I’ve settled into kind of a groove with it, so I’m starting the year fresh with a brand new journal:

The journal itself is a Moleskine that I grabbed from the university bookshop. I like it because the pages are sewn in, which means that the binding can hold up to more abuse. I prefer lined pages over the bujo-typical graph or dot grid kind.

I use the “offical” method of organization, with a key and an index, year-at-a-glance pages, and monthly + weekly tasks. I have my own way of doing the actual bullet lists, though.

I also have some personal trackers. I track various health/exercise type things on a monthly grid — though I prefer notes (sleep: 7.5 hours, mood: cranky, etc.) instead of those fill-in-the-square types of trackers that a lot of bullet journal people seem to like. I’ll also be tracking calories/weight loss on separate inserts that I can throw away later on.

Do you bullet journal? If so, are you an artsy sort or a minimalist? Or have you tried it, and found you didn’t care for it — and why? Talk to me!

9 Responses to “Bullet Journaling”

  1. Jenni Elyse

    Your bujo is awesome! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying it too! I’ve been using one since July. But, I’m a bit ashamed to say that I haven’t even touched it in over a week. I’ve been sick, so it hasn’t caught my interest. I hope I can get back into it or my bujo days may be over…

    • Louise

      I think it’s OK to take a break from time to time — when you’re sick, the most important thing is to concentrate on getting well again, and if task lists and trackers and things need to take a back seat that’s OK!

  2. Toady

    This all looks so neat and organized. I usually use the day after Christmas to relax and start my organizing my bullet planner for the following year, yet I have still not done it, and have been reduced to keep everything in a monthly for the time being.

    • Louise

      Oh thanks! It looks a bit messy now that I’m filling in more stuff, but isn’t it nice just to have something tidy to start off with?

  3. Jennifer

    I am a bit fascinated by the idea of bullet journals but also very intimidated by them. So many look very arty and beautiful and that is never going to happen with something I am doing! Maybe I should look into it a bit more and do a minimalist one. I’ll have a look at that website you mention.

    • Louise

      Oh yes, I love looking at photos of artsy people’s bullet journals, but mine ain’t ever gonna look that fancy. The most I can manage occasionally is cute but uncomplicated headers. But it doesn’t have to be artsy to be useful!

  4. Aylee

    Yup, it sure seems as though everyone is bullet journalling now. I like it because it makes me feel as though I’ve got my shit together (although who knows if that’s actually the case). I love perusing the bullet journals of super artsy people, and have tried to mimic/copy them in my own, but for the most part, it’s not for me. But I like the minimalist style!

  5. Margaret Walk

    I love seeing other people’s bullet journals! I really barely consider mine to BE a bullet journal, since I don’t use most of the “techniques” (it’s basically just a hand-drawn planner for me, and when I do make to-do lists its for specific projects/cleaning). My focus on journaling in general is as a memory aid, since I can’t keep track of anything at all.

    I kind of fell off using my journal at all toward the end of the summer last year, and I think it’s because I was trying to track too much. Going even more free-form this year. Maybe I’ll make a post about it (or maybe just a series of tweets?).

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