Something I discovered not too long ago was how to make and use a bullet journal. If you know me, I love my washy tape and my stationary; I’m a big planner. There’s nothing that satisfies me more than writing a list and checking off my achievements. I like to know what I’m doing for the week ahead and to see it written out clearly. Don’t get me wrong, after working at Apple for almost four years, I love my technology but I really miss writing. This is one way I’m able to keep my pens active so to speak.
What is a Bullet Journal?
The concept of the Bullet Journal was created by Ryder Carroll and it’s supposed to be an analogue way of recording your day-to-day life in note-take form. Although mine is much more detailed, I’ve based it loosely on the concept. The basis is that you can have a journal or a diary and adapt it to your needs.
So, how does it work?
The basics are that you create a diary. You’re supposed to use a dotted notebook but I just use a lined one from Target. The first thing you write down is your index. This will be built up the more that you use it. Next, a key. For mine, I use different colours depending on what the subject I need to write about is. You can also use different symbols to signify whether the task you have written is completed, cancelled, migrated or started. I have others to symbolise memories, events and quotes too. You can personalise your Bullet Journal as much as you like.
Next is your future log. To jot down anything that’s not immediate. The only downside to this diary is that because you create it yourself, you’re not going to write a year worth of pages before you need to. I then have a month at a glance and sometimes tasks to complete for the month before doing a week per double page.
Ok, so it’s a glorified diary?
I suppose it is. The thing I love about it is that you can write sections for whatever you like. I’ve included fit test results so that I can see my weekly improvement, blog post ideas, things I want and bucket lists for my final months in Orlando. You can really put anything you want into it. Like I said, the main reason I love to use a Bullet Journal is because I love writing and there’s not much reason to anymore now that I’m not at university. Everything is online and digital so it’s my little way are staying creative and putting pen to paper.
If you want to look into using and writing a Bullet Journal in more detail, everything is covered here. As you can see, it’s a lot simpler than I make mine; very plain, black and white with not a lot of creativity. I prefer to make mine prettier, the beauty is that you can create it however you want. If you are going to start a bullet journal, I would definitely recommend getting a slightly better quality notebook than I have. As it’s from Target, the paper isn’t the best quality and pens can often seep through. I’m tempted to treat myself to a moleskin today and start fresh for my new job.