One month ago I officially started using the bullet journal system – I’d been doodling with different ideas from it for a while but a few things encouraged me to get started on a proper one. I think in the back of my mind I had this idea that it had to be this incredibly arty and creative notebook which I knew I wouldn’t have time for and then I saw this great vlog by Boho Berry all about how it can be whatever you want it to be. I’d been reading her blog for a while and she has the most beautiful bullet journal but she also shares some amazing minimal bullet journals. It made me realise that I should just get started on it rather than worrying about planning it all perfectly.
I found Boho Berry’s blog and YouTube channel first of all and that led me to the Bullet Journal website and then onto Pinterest were I started my journal board. I have recently seen Taming Twins, The Reading Residence and Parker & Me all blog about their own systems and I felt inspired to start my own. I wasn’t sure I was going to document it on my blog at all and then I realised I’d like to see how it progresses as I go along and track what does and doesn’t work. It’s not all picture perfect and I’m afraid my photos were a little rushed this month as I had with three small people about but you get the idea.
So, here is my first month, some pages I like more than others but that is the great thing about this system – you just adapt as you go along. You can see what works for you and what doesn’t.
I decided to go for a Leuchtturm notebook which seems to be the bullet journal of choice as it has numbered pages and an index. It also has dotted paper which makes it easier to draw grids and titles. I used some pens I already had but I’m going to buy a Faber-Castell Pen which don’t bleed through the pages, you’ll be able to see that my current one does.
When I sat down to start my bullet journal I watched a few vlogs and made notes of the pages I wanted in mine. First up is the index and then I went for a full year calendar so I have something to refer to. I mark on it days that I’m busy too so I can look quickly and tell someone if I’m free that day. Then I added a future log to mark down events and appointments in the coming months and a brain dump which surprisingly I haven’t used at all yet.
I decided that I really liked the large monthly calendar and I just do a small weekly to do, meal plan and blog posts page. I’m actually going to change this calendar for August, as I never decided what to do with the extra space in the July spread. I’m either going to put a monthly goals or a monthly tasks in for August. The meal planning is brilliant as every Sunday I plan out our meals, write my shopping list and I know I have it sorted for the week. It’s something I’d wanted to do for a while and this really works for me. Finally there are my daily to do lists – I must admit I don’t do these every day. If I know I have a few jobs to do or appointments then I write my daily list and check it off or move it forward.
I started a tracker for July but I didn’t keep it up – these are going to be a busy couple of months and we aren’t in our usual routine as it’s the school holidays so I may try it again in September. Then I did A Little Bit Lately page which helps me remember what I’ve been watching, reading and listening to this month to go into my monthly blog post. One of my favourite spreads is my Memories page which I’ll definitely keep up each month, it’s lovely to look back on and see what we’ve been up to.
One of my favourite things in my bullet journal are the pages in which I can add lists and all other little things I find useful to write down. I love these as I can just add them in when I have the time to work on them and they are handy to refer to. These three are my favourites – my books read and statistics page, an Instagram hashtags page and our summer bucket list. I’ve got inspiration from the amazing Bullet Journal community on Instagram and Pinterest and I love seeing what everyone else does with theirs. I plan to write another post about how it helps me personally but I’d love to hear if you use the bullet journal system and what you think of it.