Bullet Journaling 101. Part 2
For those that see me on the regular, you've seen my Bullet Journal & / or have heard me talk about it. Promised I'm not obsessed but it's just SO incredibly helpful to me! In my recent Mater Mea IG Takeover, I listed Bullet Journaling as one of my crucial self-care tips. I then remembered I had done a blog entry about it, but it was in desperate need of updating! If you want to glance at the original post, check it out HERE. I mean, I had only been Journaling for 6 months at that point! So that's what I'm doing here.. Hope this helps those that are considering starting this lifestyle habit!
FIRST OF ALL, WHAT IS A BULLET JOURNAL?
The Bullet Journal is a customizable & forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook & diary. But realistically, it'll be all of the above.
WHY DID I STICK WITH IT?
It's extremely customizable, my productivity goes through the roof, it holds me accountable & I can add more things to my plate, therefore allowing me to practice more circumstances of balancing my life.
ALRIGHT. HOW DO I DO THIS?
You really don't need much in order to Bullet Journal. A notebook, pencil, ruler, a good pen & a list of things to do. THAT'S IT! I personally love plain notebook - one with no lines in it whatsoever. My first one had lines but now that I'm starting to get a little more creative with my designs, starting fresh works best for me. Below I've listed the 'sections' I maintain in my journal. Not all of them are necessary for everyone's but I find them crucial for my own..
ANNUAL OVERLOOK / KEY
WHY: I know this looks daunting but just think - you only have to do this ONCE A YEAR! This is the very first page of my book & I like to be able to know what date falls on what day of the week at a glance (without pulling out my phone). The key is a form of prioritizing my daily activities further in.
HOW IT HELPS: So far, this has assisted me when buying plane tickets & getting us ready for our move in a few months. Basically so I know how far out to schedule things.
WHY: Similar to the annual calendar only once a month!
HOW IT HELPS: Nice to have the monthly calendar at a glance when scheduling future appointments & plans. You'll never double book anything every again! Plus I have a larger, dry erase version of this at home on the fridge that holds everyone's appointments. Every week, I compare the 2 & make sure they match.
MONTHLY ACTIVITIES PAGE
WHY: Allows me to clearly write out my objectives for the month.
HOW IT HELPS: It holds me accountable. At the end of the month, I go back & see what hasn't been touched or what has been started so I know what to add to the following month. My favorite section is the NEXT MONTH portion, for obvious reasons - scheduling, birthdays, holidays, etc.
DAILY ACTIVITIES PAGES
WHY: Reminds me & keeps track of what I do each day.
HOW IT HELPS: Somedays, I feel like I get nothing done but when I look at night to write out the following day, this reminds me all the shit I actually did! Even if it was just sweep & mop the floor. Just makes me feel better & accomplished. I normally write out the name of the following day once I get into bed every night. I go through the current day's list, checking thing off. When writing the following day, I carry over anything that wasn't started or completed that day (accountability). This also allows as much space as needed for each day. As you can see, not all days use the same amount of space. Sometimes I just write notes down, quotes, random information AND THAT'S TOTALLY OK! I find the beauty of Bullet Journaling in being that there isn't a cut & dry format. It's constantly changing & updating because I'M constantly changing & updating. Plus, if everything looked the exact same, isn't that a little boring?
So there you have it! My current 'flow' of journaling & I may have to get another one just for the 2018 year because I've been writing more.. O_O I hope this helps anyone considering starting this & just remember - it's a learning experience!! It doens't need to be perfect the first couple times around. There will be pages torn out & A LOT of erasing.. Just experiment & have fun with it!