Ah bullet journalling. Still don’t have a clue what it is? Described as a ‘customisable and forgiving organisation system’ it can be whatever you want it to be – a to-do list, a diary, a sketchbook and more. Here’s the official introduction to bullet journals, and here’s how I adapted the bullet journal to fit Filofax.
How does the Bullet Journal work for me?
I’m not quite using it as a diary, but more like a bunch of collections and trackers. That said, I am thinking about doing some diary like ‘to-do’ pages each month. First up I have all the information; we start with the index; two pages about me/life of kitty (not entirely finished!); a page each for my blog schedule and twitter chat schedules; a yearly post tracker; statistics tracker. (Not all pictured below!)
All of these are at the front for easy access, and I’ve left some spaces just in case I want to add in any more information. The twitter chat schedule and post tracker are my most used pages from this section, and just make life easier. With the yearly post tracker, I have colour coded each category that I blog about so I can see when I’ve posted, and what topic I’ve posted about, at a glance. These ideas are very much styled on the ideas that Tiny Ray of Sunshine created over on her blog, and I just think they’re so helpful and look pretty too!
Then my monthly pages start. I started this journal with February and it was very much a month of testing things out so I haven’t photographed this bit. Now we’re in March, I have a better idea of what was working and what was unnecessary so could really refine the monthly section. In between each month, I will have random collections. These basically start on the next blank page, as they would is a regular diary style bullet journal. A couple that I have in between February and March include idea pages for my ‘5 Reasons’ series, and then just general ideas.
My monthly pages currently span over 3 sides. Very compact, yep! The ‘title page’ just shows the month, and then a task section with important dates underneath. Pretty simple. On the next pages I’m just tracking everything. On the left I have a list of things that I’d like to be doing relating to my blog and social media, with a simple tally chart for each time I do it, and on the right I have a space for tracking things that I buy/receive, and for each post that I publish.
Notice the washi tape on the sides? They’re like bookmarks, and it means the pages stand out when my journal is closed, making them easy to get to. I’ve got it on the sides of my ideas pages, and at the top of each month. You can see here how the washi tape stands out for each section.
After my March section, I currently have just a reading tracker – something that I’ll be using all year so I can gather statistics easily at the end – an idea from Sarah’s Chapter.
I’m really enjoying having all my blog information in one place, and I’m pretty sure I’ll manage to get all year in this book. It’s a complete change from my excel spreadsheet, but it’s working so much better for me. It’s basically like a hub. All information is here, and all ideas get added in here.
Some people might not like how ‘random’ it can be – with collections added in whenever they come to you – but that’s the exact reason why bullet journalling draws so many people in. It’s not supposed to be perfect, it’s just supposed to be useful. You customise it so it works for you.