Never have I ever had so much trouble with a school supply. I love school supplies as most of you know by now, and I love all of them alike. But when is comes to planners, boy oh boy do I have problems. I have never been able to settle in to a planner and love it like I have with a Bullet Journal.
What is a Bullet Journal?
A Bullet Journal is a completely customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, your planner, your everything all in one. I should probably add that I don’t actually Journal in my Bullet Journal. I also keep a Journal/Diary (I have kept one since July 21st, 2009) but I hated the idea of all those personal thoughts/ideas being carried around with me, where they could fall in to the wrong hands. So I keep them separate.
How do you start one?
This was the part that seemed daunting to me. How could I ever add as much detail and style to a blank notebook so that it was everything my store bought planner was? Well, the answer is you can’t and you can. Yes, you can add tons of detail, no you really can’t ever make it perfect. Thats the beauty of it its an evolving document that changes as your life changes and it form fits you, who is also not perfect.
To start one I recommend a completely blank notebook. Some people like them lined, or grid paper, I like mine blank. I used a Moleskine Notebook to make my bullet journal because it was not spiral bound (aka, it slides in and out of a bag easier), and they are thinner. I only intend my bullet journal to last a semester. I get bored in them if i stay in the same one too long.
To start I made a weekly spread, see below.
I like the horizontal as opposed to a vertical week because it flows better in my mind. Maybe its because thats what I got use to in Elementry – High School, but what ever the case this is how it makes best sense to me. I literally started very basic, drew the lines to separate the days (yes, with a ruler, however I got lazy later on) and from there I added the next week in my schedule.
I next added all my class assignments to the days they were due. From there I added some highlights and color to jazz it up and make it easier to read.
Then it got really real that I needed space for TO-DO lists so I added a half sheet of paper to the middle with washi tape.
Other Pages I have Made:
|Weekly Class Schedule.
|Netflix, Season I am rewatching/tracker for where I am at in the series.
|Birthday List, since I don’t have all the months of a year in yet I made a list.
I feel as if I have finally found planner peace in my bullet journal. It’s not perfect, like me. Yet its highly functional and keeps all my important information together in one central place.
What works for you? Do you keep a planner/Bullet Journal? What pages should I make next?