Bullet Journal

Welcome to Week 8 of Tidy 2020. Knowing how long paperwork can take many people, we’re going to take another week to do it, but rather than leave you with nothing on the blog this week, we’re going to take a bit of a side step into Bullet Journalling.

I was very taken with the concept of bullet journalling when I first read about it, but the beautiful journals that are all over Instagram and Pinterest rather put me off doing it. I knew that mine would never look like those lovely visions and so I allowed myself to chuck the baby out with the bathwater and I didn’t start using one. I used my phone instead to keep notes on and whilst it worked a bit, I still wasn’t getting everything done that I needed to. Then I came across this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm15cmYU0IM and the game changed! I realised that Bullet Journalling was NOT about making things pretty, but about a system that really works and is totally personalised.

I have set my bullet journal up in a way that works for me and is different to the video, but the theory is the same, you just have to work out the bits that work for you. I am going to share photos of this year’s Bullet Journal when I had just set it up, but before I started to use it. I’m not going to share pictures of the Journal now that it has been scribbled all over and that is because it is a deeply personal document with information that I would rather not spread over the entire internet! However, trust me when I say that it is obvious that it is a working document and not a work of art….

The first thing to do is to grab a notebook – when I first started, I grabbed an old notebook just so that I could have a practice. Ideally the notebook needs 30-31 lines in it to take account of the number of days in the month. If the notebook’s pages are not numbered, then this is something that you need to do before you start. My first proper Bullet Journal was a Moleskine, but I now use the Leuchtturm ones as they already have the pages numbered for you and they also have 31 lines to a page, making the months easy to set up.

Once numbered up, make an index the front so that it is easy for you to find your notes. From here, it’s up to you. Rather than have a forward planner like the video does, I prefer to have a monthly page and rather than working day by day, I prefer to have a weekly page on which I jot down all my daily and weekly chores. When I’m making collections of notes (about the books I’ve read, or the rides I’m intending on doing this year for endurance) I start at the back of the journal.

As Ryder Carroll, who developed the system says, “It’s not about how your journal looks; it’s about how it makes you feel and how effective it is.” I honestly would not be without my journal now – it keeps everything in one place for me and keeps me on task!