A bullet journal is seriously so easy to start and the only rule is that there are no rules. Trust me, once you start you won’t be able to stop!
Hello, everyone! I don’t know about you, but this week has been crazy, and therefore I have been crazy. Not crazy in a bad way, just in a busy one! For the record, I will say that I’ll take busy over bored anytime! With graduation quickly approaching, I’ve realized something profound about how my brain works and let me tell you, it has helped me tremendously. But before I continue, I’m going to give you some background info that dates back to my freshman year of school:
When I came to college four extremely short years ago, I became an over-the-top, Type A, down-to-the-minute, obsessive planner control freak. It’s a lot easier to say it five times fast than it is to live it, trust me. If something wasn’t written down, it just wasn’t happening. This insanity was nearing the point of like “6:32 am—brush teeth!" My planner ran my life and my stress level. Needless to say, I was a fun-sucker, which is so not okay to be at the ripe age of 18 (or ever really)!! Long story short, reality hit and it was time for me to accept that life happens when and how it wants to. So, slowly but surely I swallowed a large chill pill and learned to be more go with the flow and less...well, annoying is the best way to describe it.
I’ve always bought a pretty planner (mostly out of habit I think) and I realized a couple of months ago that I was basically just wasting money. I would write important dates on the month long calendar, but I subconsciously ditched the daily thing and barely touched it! So, I decided to get rid of the planner thing all together. The other change I made was going from having a notebook for every subject to just having one. Let me tell you, simplifying my system was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself! All of my notes were in one place including any and every list you can imagine. Although it seemed like a good idea to store everything in one place, I decided that my grocery/to-do/packing/everything else lists needed a place of their own. Thus, my bullet journal was born!!!
What is a bullet journal, you ask? Other than defining it as my brain in list form, it’s basically a place to jot down checklists, doodles, thoughts, goals, dates—whatever you want—in an uncomplicated way. In fact, it’s so uncomplicated that all you need is a notebook and pen of any color and kind. I bought a Moleskine dotted journal from their Chapters collection. There are so many to choose from, but after 45 minutes of standing in one Target aisle I came to the conclusion that this was my pick!
Every time I make a list I usually end up scribbling something pretty at the top of it such as the date or what kind of list it is. The creative aspect of bullet journaling puts the fun into function. Adding fancy script headings or doodling in the corner of the page allows you to concentrate on one thing at a time while coming up with what you need to get done that day or week. It’s sorta like those adult coloring books we talked about not too long ago! If you’re like me, you’ll find writing it all out to be therapeutic and stress relieving! If you’re lacking inspiration, I’ve included an example from Kim at Tiny Ray of Sunshine who came up with a few ideas on headers to help you personalize your bullet journal!
Hence the name, bullet journaling is typically meant to be written quick and to the (bullet) point. It’s precise, efficient, and effective...three things that I love! When I have a lot on my mind, I get what I would describe as mental block and cannot make myself focus. I grab my Moleskine and write down what I need to get done, can’t forget to remember, or what my goal for the day is. Once that’s done I can say bye to the weight on my shoulders and can get back to what I was originally doing!
There are a lot of people out there who need more rhyme and reason to their notebook. A great way to do that is to create a legend or key to go off of. I particularly like this one because it doesn’t require having 12 different pens on my person at all times. I can simply grab whatever pen is closest to me and rely on shapes and symbols as opposed to a color-specific guide!
Another positive of bullet journaling is that it can be whatever you want it to be, including a diary of sorts. Meaning that if I want to put stress on the back burner I’ll go through and list all of the things I’m grateful for! I tend to get really caught up in circumstance or “the daily struggle” as peeps sometimes call it and that is just so unhealthy! It doesn’t pay to be a Negative Nancy...hence the running list of things I am happy to have/get to experience! Example: I’ll be stressing about becoming a post-grad and having to “adult” and then I’m like *check yo’self*... I am thankful I actually have the ability to work and become self-sufficient, NOT TO MENTION the fact that I was privileged enough to get to go to college. Hashtag blessed.
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To get your bullet journal up and running, here’s some inspiration Boho Berry collected that you can use to help you find your style! If nothing else, these will help you personalize your journal and decide what you do/don’t want to write down.
1. Easily reference what day a certain date falls on.
Via Boho Berry
2. They say that if you write it down you’re more likely to get it done! Don’t be afraid to hold yourself and your dreams accountable!
Via Boho Berry
4. If you’re like me and you love online ordering, this is extremely helpful. Sometimes I forget what I ordered or when it’s supposed to come in...the perfect list for the shopper in you! 🙂
Other entries you might want to try is a food log, exercise log, party planning, work schedules, wants, needs... Do with it what you will! It is your bullet journal after all! The only thing you need to remember is that although these example are very pretty, sometimes it’s not always realistic. It’s meant to relieve stress, not cause it! Keep these helpful hints in mind:
What are you going to put in your bullet journal? I would love to hear all about it! I’m all about updating and upgrading mine! Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed and can see yourself making your own bullet journal, if you don’t already have it going.
**Featured image via Boho Berry