I promised in an earlier blog post to update you on the progress of my adventure into the bullet journal system…and here it is! Let me just start off by saying I. LOVE. IT! Now I will warn you, if you are looking for the pure and simple bullet journal format, this will NOT be for you! I took the basics and made it my own, essentially creating a “planner” to suit my needs. I love the flexibility of it. If I want to change my “layout” from week to week I can. If I want to put in a special page to plan an event or just list something out, I can! There’s no commitment to a specific format, although you will see that I have come up with a format that works for me!
I do feel like I have been more productive since starting with the bullet journal! I want to make sure I can fill in those task boxes at the end of the day! LOL Another thing that I have noticed is that I don’t feel a need to do too much decorating in my bullet journal. I do add color with pens and colored pencils on my headers. But I like to keep it simple and all about the tasks at hand.
So I know you’re saying, “Let’s get to the pictures!” So here are some pics from my bullet journal from the end of October until now!
This is how I started my bullet journal in October! I use this Miquel Rius notebook for my bullet journal. I followed the normal monthly layout and added monthly tasks on the right page. Then I knew I wanted a habit tracker so I made this huge one! I started the last two weeks in October so that’s why there isn’t much to show here. I was using my washi tape and stickers and it just wasn’t looking right to me! Now as you can see from the second and third pictures, I tried two different layouts before settling on a third one(last picture) for the same week! LOL I didn’t like it so I just moved on to the next page! Then for the last week in October I did something completely different! I was trying to find my style!
In November I decided to go back to a grid monthly layout on one page with my goals and tasks on the next page. I separated the habit tracker and color coded it! Still a bit too much! I thought I would do a weekly meal plan page as well…again, too much!
These pages are what some call “collections”. I wanted to be able to see the challenge prompts without having to search for it online! I used a page to plan out my daughter’s birthday party! And then I thought it was a good idea to sign up for NaNoWriMo the day before it started…well you can see how that ended!
Here I decided to do daily pages. The first day was a waste of a page! (Let’s face it, I’m just not that busy!) So I used the next page to just go day by day and use all the space! HERE is where I found my groove! I came up with this layout the second week of November and have been using it ever since! It gives me structure and still allows for some flexibility!
As you can see from the last picture, I use the boxes on the right side for whatever I need that week. I needed to plan our road trip so I used one box for that! I LOVE this layout! I tweaked the style of the headers a bit and found what I liked!
So when it was time to set up for December I was ready to go with my weekly layout. But I wanted to do something different with my monthly layout. I wanted a little more space in the boxes so I decided to spread the month grid over two pages and slim down my habit tracker!
My weekly layout has remained the same! Midweek in the first week I decided to add my water tracker(the blue boxes on the third picture above) in with the week. And in case you’re wondering, I use the second column just for notes or to expound on a task or just to write a quote or scripture! The smaller third column is where I write what we have for dinner.
I’m loving doing the doodle a day challenge over on Instagram hosted by@InsideMyPlanner! I added that into my layout for the month as well! If you are interested in the #PlanWithMeChallenge, hop over to Instagram and check out any of these three lovely ladies that are hosting it: Jessica, Kim, and Kara! Be sure to follow them for all the bullet journal inspiration they share! And please do follow my Instagram as well,@HopeDreamJournal! I love sharing pics and interacting with the awesome planner community over there!
I hope this post has provided you with some insight into the bullet journal system. I have loved looking back over my own bujo and seeing how I have evolved in this first two months! Yes I have made mistakes. No I didn’t rip out any pages. If I didn’t like it, I moved on to the next page! (See October above!) This has helped me with being a perfectionist…kinda! LOL I found this bullet journal idea searching through Instagram and I have adapted it to fit my needs and likes!
If you have been thinking about starting a bullet journal, just try it! Grab a notebook and a pen and get started! Go to www.bulletjournal.com and view the video to get the basics down. Then over time you can add to it(or not) and make it your own. And don’t get caught up in the hype of making your bujo look like everyone else’s. Find YOUR rhythm and flow with it!
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