Like most people I am a little bit addicted to stationary, and have been since school. I used to be the one with a pencil case full of pens and pencils and colour code everything. I say used to but I'm pretty much still that person. I love notebooks and journaling but it was getting frustrating having 3 different notebooks for 3 different things (blogging, youtube and journaling). I wanted a place where I could have it all in one place, and know that when I needed or wanted to look at something, I could find It all in once place. A couple of months back I stumbled upon bullet journaling, and I did post about my June spread and it seemed to be really popular. So I thought I would share more about what a bullet journal is, and how you could set up your own.
The bullet Journal was created by a guy called Ryder Carroll, who is a digital product designer living in Brooklyn. It essentially is a format created for writing in your notebook. A way to keep it more organised, but without a particular structure. Unlike a planner you can include whatever you need in the bullet journal, a monthly spread, a weekly spread or even daily spreads. It is whatever works best for you. Once I watched Ryders first video, I began looking for other bullet journal videos. This method of journalling really appealed to me, who wouldn't want to journal and stay organised all at the same time.
There are hundreds of videos about bullet journals on YouTube, where other people show you what is inside their bullet journal, I have even started making them. It did become apparent while I was looking for more videos, that majority of those videos were in the US. I found it really hard for me to relate to such different lifestyles, the fact that they write they're date backwards to us really bothered me too. None the less I did find some really good ideas, I tend to use my bullet journal for a bit of everything. Everyday living, shopping lists, meal plans, bithdays, appointments, blog post ideas, YouTube video schedules, and for the most part, doodles are taking over my journal. The thing I love about my bullet journal is I can adapt it to whatever I need.
To start my bullet journal I brought the Leuchtturm 1917 in a size medium. I picked a grey colour, and a dotted notebook. Any notebook would work, I just like the look of the Leuchtturm and the fact I can pop it in my bag to take out with me where ever I may be going. I love having the dots in the notebook too. They are pretty faint, but it helps to have them when you need to draw a little square or something, you don't need to have a ruler. I also brought some coloured pens. Staedtler triplus fineliners to be precise.
So what have I included in my journal?
So here is a little run down of what is inside my planner before the month begins. Most people who have bullet journals have a Key at the front. I just don't because I feel like I would never use it. Again its all about creating the journal the way you would like and the way you would use it. On the first page I have a quote 'Have courage and be kind' and on the opposite page I have a year at a glance. I find it so handy to have a year in the glance, especially when I'm planning something blogging related. On the next page I have a double spread of birthdays. I'm once of those people who always forgets birthdays until the day before. This means I am then rushing around trying to find a card and suitable present. I have found that having birthdays in the front of my planner has really helped, because I can flip back and look to see who's birthday is coming up and then write it on my monthly layout.
On the next page I have my goals for 2016, I did do a blog post on these if your interested in finding out what they are. On the next page I have a savings page. I just used a little graft which gives me the ability to colour in a square whenever I have saved that amount. I love having this in my planner as it has actually made me think a lot more about what I am spending my money on and what I am saving. The next page is 'books to read' I set this out in a bookcase, just because I find it visually pleasing. The idea is to fill the bookcase with books I have read over this year. I think it is really important to carve out time in the day to have a little 'me time' and I would love to spend some of this 'me time' by reading. I then have a montly page, which represents the start of the month, I like to have this page just because I think it breaks it up a little bit. If you want to see what I have included in my monthly spread then be sure to check out my June blog post.
So what do you think? Will you be starting your own bullet Journal?