Bullet Journal Guide
Every year when it comes to picking out my yearly planner I kinda feel like Goldylocks: no this one is to small, no this one doesn’t have enough margin, oh wait this one is juuust right!! And even then I know I am compromising, because it isn’t excactly what I want it to be. So what is a person to do? Well like most people,I turned to the “google machine” and found this awesome way to plan my days and it’s called Bullet Journaling. Anyone heard of it? If you have just pretend to be that friend who listens to your story even when they have heard it before, because you are an awesome human. (side note, always strive to be awesome) And if you haven’t heard of it then you, my friend, are in for a treat, because a bullet journal is pure gold! How does it work you ask? What is it you ask? Ok, I’ll tell you.
OMT Guide to a Bullet Journal
First, to totally understand and grasp the wonderfulness that is Bullet Journaling you need to know this one thing. Bullet Journaling is simply a fully customizable system for organizing your life. It is best decribed by it’s creator Ryder Carroll. He will give you the basics, but you have the freedom to make it your own.
- The setup to get started is pretty simple. All you really need is a journal. I like the Leuchtturm Notebook A5 Medium Dotted Navy Blue,but any journal will work. The Leuchtturm also has lined pages or blank pages, again I prefer the dotted.
- A pen.
- For added flare you can use markers or colored pencils.
A nice added feature of the Leuchtturm is the double bookmark.
The index allows you an easy way to keep track of everything you put into your journal and assures that you can quickly find whatever you are looking for. If your bullet journal does not have page numbers you will want to make sure that you add them. The Key page is equally important to help distinguish different notes and tasks within your journal.
The future log is for the long term game plan. It allows you to see ahead and plan far in advance. I use mine for things like vacations, trips, holidays, birthdays or events like weddings or conferences.
This overview is for you to be able to create a “month at a glance” page or a birdseye view of your month. I have a monthly tasks list that gives me all of my action items for that month. I also make space for birthdays, holidays, big appointments and events that will be taking up my nights or weekends. My monthly view also has a habit tracker that that keeps me accountable to the things I said I wanted to improve in my life this year.
These pages are where the rubber meets the road. This is where you take all of the action items from the monthly view and plug them into when you will accomplish them. For me I do this everynight before bed and this gives me a great setup for how I will attack my day when I wake up. It’s better if you don’t set up your daily pages way ahead of time, because you never know how much space you will need for each day so just create them as you go.
In the bullet journal community these are called “collections” and they can be whatever your little heart desires. It could be “books you want to read” or “trip ideas” or “food recipes” to name a few. These pages can be whatever you want them to be. The customizable piece of the bullet journal is my favorite aspect to it.
Here is a link to our Bullet JournalPinterest board that has tons of other pages to get your creativity flowing.
Having a Bullet Journal has been huge for both Lindsey and I and our ability to not only keep our thoughts together, but also stay organized with so many different things going on in our world. I hope that you find this to be a joy in your life and if you have any other questions about how we journal or additional tips don’t be a stranger and ask away. This is just the beginning of what will be a great 2017!
Keep it Messy friends.