Updated: Aug 23, 2018
What is a bullet journal?
Bullet journaling is a technique created by Ryder Carroll that allows you to create and adapt a system for organizing your life. It is an individualized approach to a task list or calendar that is easy for YOU to follow. You use a blank notebook, instead of a pre-made calendar or task list, to build whatever you need to manage your life.
My favorite thing about having a bullet journal is it allows me time to mindfully create to do lists, schedule time for self care, make grocery lists, track my finances, etc.
What do you need?
You will need a notebook. I highly recommend investing in a quality notebook that has thicker pages so the ink you use doesn’t bleed through. I use a moleskine notebook with dotted lines. The notebook is sturdy and the dotted lines allow me to be as creative as I want with clean pages, while staying organized
Optional: markers, highlighters, ruler (straight lines).
How do you get started?
This can be adapted in a variety of ways. My favorite place to check out different ideas and designs for bullet journals is on Pinterest (just search bullet journal). Below is how I like to set up my journal!
I begin each month by creating a full month calendar view. I write down the important dates and list the events next to the dates for that month. I don’t worry if things come up throughout the month because I know I will cover them in the weekly view (see below). This is just my initial thoughts on important dates for that month. On this page I also make my long term goals. For me, this is planning out blog posts and photos I need to take. For you, this could be anything from lunch dates to meetings.
Next, I create a weekly view. I love to look up ideas on pinterest and change it up every week. On Sundays, I take some time to reflect on my monthly calendar view for important dates and create my weekly calendar. Each week, I plan out my days, my self care routines, and my meals. This helps me plan out my grocery lists and plan for the week to come. This may look different for you and that’s awesome!
From here I create gratitude lists, grocery lists, I write down presents I have gotten people, smoothie recipes, etc. I love the flexibility of bullet journaling!
Other lists that may inspire your creativity:
Health: daily exercise log, water tracker, allergy tracker
Money: spending tracker, savings log, vacation fund
Habits: sleep tracker, meal tracker
Free time: books read/wish list, movies or shows to watch, places to visit
Family: milestones, contact list
Questions? Comment below!