I am in a few planner groups, and bullet journaling seems to be becoming more and more popular throughout the planning and creative communities. At first I kind of ignored it- it seems like a lot of work, everyone has excessively decorated pages, stickers, washi tape, spread across multiple notebooks. I cannot commit to that level of journaling, as much as I enjoy seeing the creative spreads that everyone posts! However, my curiosity finally got the better of me and I googled Bullet Journal. It turns out that it is a whole system of journaling and notation! And the images on the official website don’t look labour intensive whatsoever. It is supposed to be good for people who have a million to-do lists and have multiple planners, which is me! So, I’m giving it a shot. I can’t promise that I won’t abandon it if it doesn’t work, or that I’m going to obsessively journal, but it might be beneficial for me.
Firstly, I spend probably an hour reading through the Bullet Journal site. I got a handle of what they typically include and had to figure out what I would include, starting with a legend/key. Some people have complicated and fairly intense legends with upwards of 50 little icons to indicate different things- I have fourteen icons thus far, and I should think that I would need too too many more. I want this to be a quick and easy system that helps me, not takes time out of my day! Straightforward and to-the-point it is.
After my legend, we have the Index! My index is currently empty, but I have dedicated six pages to it to make sure that it has enough room. Then the calendars (a half page for each month, two page spread =four months), monthly logs, and then daily! I should think the daily will be where I spend most of my time, as I make 5-7 little to-do lists per day that are scattered throughout my purse, desk, and pockets. (Yes, you could make the argument that there are apps that do that, but I just don’t seem to use them. Technology is fantastic but isn’t always the best fit for me.) I have currently not put a lot of detailing into my daily pages- a sub-par scroll at the top which will hopefully improve in time, a date in the spade provided, and a weather icon if I feel so inclined.
I have two overall hopes with this bullet journal: 1) to keep all of my to-do in one place, and 2) to possibly have a space to use the handwritten scripts I hope to learn! While the amount of time and work that some people put into their journals and planners results in a staggeringly beautiful piece of art, I don’t have the energy, nor the time, to dedicate to mine. It’s going to be all function! A lot of people will use this system to actually journal and write down general thoughts and feelings, but that’s not for me. I like having a small creative outlet that doesn’t have a huge time or material requirement.
I’m guessing that my stumbling blocks will be forwarding and migrating tasks- I am hoping that I will be dedicated enough to actually re-write things where they need to be re-written instead of just hoping that I remember. I’m curious to see what things I actually put into my daily log- sometimes I can get weirdly specific in my written schedules. To the point of “shower at X time, do two loads of laundry, update Goodreads, flat iron hair when dry”, etc. Will I put in that much effort with the icons? My other curiosity is whether or not I will eventually decide to get more creative with it. If I can actually learn a few scripts to the point where I can write freely, will I maybe put some of that extra time into other little illustrations? Maybe, maybe not. Only time will tell…. *cue ominous music*.
Have you tried a bullet journal? If yes, what are your tips and tricks? If you don’t, what organisational system do you use?