This post is a little different as it isn’t really sewing related, instead it is about how I use a Bullet Journal to organise my life! The great thing about Bullet Journals are that you can use any note book you wish, it is unique to you and is so simple to use!
The only tools you need are a notebook and pen. You can get Bullet Journal notebooks, but they can be quite expensive and I think it’s quite nice to be able to pick any notebook you like. Although getting the official Bullet Journal does save you writing all of the page numbers and already has some of the page headings in place – it just depends what you prefer!
My personal bullet journal is really simple. When I first started using a bullet journal I created each page with a unique design and included all sorts of trackers and lists , but found that it was not easy to keep on top of. In the end I decided to just use the simple Bullet journal template and I haven’t look back since. I can pick up my journal and see what is coming up this month, week or day, organise the things I need to do and write any notes or lists in the back.
You must look up the #bulletjournal on Instagram though, some of the page designs are amazing and so creative. If I had enough time I would be more creative with each page, but having a simple bullet journal allows me to whip it out and write a quick note without having to worry about the spoiling the design.
The first page in my journal (like many others I have seen) is the key. The key explains what each symbol means. I have created some extra ones so that I can keep track of my life, uni and Boola Made all in one place. The main symbols used by everyone are a dot (to symbolise a task), an X (to symbolise a completed task and an arrow (to symbolise that a task has been moved to another date – migrated task).
The next few pages are the Index pages which act like a contents page and makes it easier to find the information you need. (My notebook has a ribbon which I place on the current week, so I don’t use the index very often).
I then write my yearly goals, this year I wrote goals for both my personal life and Boola Made.
On the next double page most people create a 6 month overview but I never found that useful, so instead I create a monthly overview. First I write down each date of the month next to a letter symbolising the day, eg. M for Monday. I can then write down the main events, appointments or deadlines next to each day so I can have a quick overview of the month. On the next page I create a monthly tasks page and list all of the things I need or would like to get done that month.
Next I split a double page into 8. The first 7 sections are for each day of the week and the 8th is for any extra notes. These pages are used as a daily diary. I put the items on my monthly task list into the daily diary. My monthly list is for general tasks whereas my daily lists are for specific tasks, deadlines or events. These pages really help me organise my week, making sure I get everything done.
The back of my Bullet Journal is home to all my blogging and Boola Made ideas, notes and lists. As you start to use the Bullet Journal you will feel so much more organised – I can’t live without mine now! The pages shown above are quite bare, but now that we are a month into the new year its pretty full!
I have so much going on that having the bullet journal to refer back to is great. I can plan my tasks, blog posts and Boola Made ideas months in advance!
The Bullet Journal idea was created by Ryder Carroll, for more information follow this link.
Let me know what you think! What do you use to organise your life?