How Do I Bullet Journal? ??????10:22 AM
Are you confused about this whole bullet journal thing? Allow me to enlighten you. Except not really.
What is a bullet journal? you ask. I've seen it a lot around the internet lately. I don't know what this thing is, exactly, but everyone's looks lovely.
I'm glad you asked.
I don't really know, either.
Yeah, you heard me. I don't know the exact definition of a bullet journal. I'm not exactly sure why it's called that. What I do know is that there is no right or wrong way to do it, and it's essentially like a planner for people who like to make their own planner suited to their own needs and go crazy with it. Think planner/journal hybrid on steroids, depending on how much you hate yourself. I've used one myself for about two and a half weeks now, and I have to say...it's pretty awesome, no matter how you do it.
There are all kinds of bullet journals. Most of them are gorgeous. They can be super minimalist,
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|LOOK AT THIS. source//Katieeee on her blog|
No matter how you do them, they're completely up to you. It's a way to keep track of your life, your tasks, the books you read, your mental health throughout the year, whatever else you want to do, all in one place. It's completely customizable and you can do your own thing with it. For me, it's become soothing, something I do on Sunday night to get me ready for the week. I can process everything I have to do that week and break it down day by day, as well as keep track of the things I want to do every day. I also have pages for books I read that month, so it also serves as a simple journal.
Some people like to use pictures. Some people like to use special crafty stuff, or fancy handwriting, or colorful pens, or quotes, or song lyrics, or whatever else their artsy hearts desire.
For me, I craft my weekly "spread" with a Pilot G2 Bold pen (dude they rock), some pictures I print out, a ruler,
and the blood of my enemies.
The next step, of course, would be actually putting stuff in there. Bring on the broken protractor (which I have since replaced with a not-broken one) and the pen. I love this pen. So black and bold and smooth. This is the blank weekly spread, with all the day names and my daily goals -- obviously things I want to do every day -- at the bottom right there. Ignore my awfully drawn check boxes.
This is the basic template I use for every week. Next, of course, is actually putting in the things I'm doing that week. I leave myself space, because I don't know Sunday what I'll be doing every day, but generally I have a good idea, especially if there are weekly things I have going on. And I always have my work schedule ahead of time.
this is how I do this bullet journal thing.
Here's the notebook I use. I got it from Barnes & Noble for four dollars, which was totally worth it, because it rocks. Some people like to use dotted or gridded paper, but I like mine regular lined. This notebook has the added bonus of looking cute in a minimalist way and being bound in a way that makes it easy to stay open for writing purposes. I want twenty.
|ft. my fave pen and a broken protractor 'cause i lost my ruler and i just need straight lines|
|look at those pages. so lovely.|
|so pretty. so minimalist. #journaling|
|alllllll the stuffs. this is from a few weeks ago, obviously. i just haven't been able to type up a post until now.|
That's it for the basic stuff, of course. Now I have an instant one-page look at everything I have going on, and everything I need to do. I can fill in boxes as I do the things, so I know what's still going on, and the agony of leaving one box in the week white while the others are filled in keeps me doing most of my daily things, y'know, daily.
It's just like magic, y'all.
Just in case you thought I was cool or organized by now, realize that I did this entire thing while fending off a cuddly and evil cat and binge-watching The Office.
This organized life is real, guys.
And finally -- here's a spread from a past week, one that's been filled in with pictures. The pictures themselves are chosen at the end of the week, based on what I've been into that week or the vibe/emotions I've had. It's like a visual journal so not only can I look back and see what I did that week, but I can also see how I was feeling and what I was into at that time as well. I feel like it's pretty neat. And it looks great.
|i was in a surprisingly colorful mood, apparently.|
This is, of course, what works for me. Some people are wicked good at it. Some people take hours and make it elaborate and take nice pictures. To be honest, I don't have the time, and I find that if I spend too much time on the bullet journal itself I won't do anything else and it'll become procrastination and that kind of defeats the purpose. So for me it's a journal, and a way to see all the stuff I have going on, and track whether or not I'm doing what I should be doing but usually don't do.
I like it a lot.
If you haven't gone for it yet, you probably should. It's a lot of fun. And, contrary to popular belief, you don't need a lot of fancy tools to do it. Go for it. Make it happen. Make it yours.
do you bullet journal? do you want to bullet journal? just...just talk bullet journal down there, guys. let's chat.