There’s nothing that I like more than a fresh notebook. I feel somewhat organised when I start writing to-do lists and memos and I feel extra organised when I have a diary but do you actually stick to it? I definitely don’t. Most of the time I’m left with more than half of an empty notebook and pages with nothing written on in a diary. Ever since, Daisybutter released her ‘Meet My Bullet Journal‘ post, I have been wanting to create a bullet journal. After thinking for months that it was too much effort and that I’m not the best artist in the world so it’s going to look rubbish, I’ve decided it’s not about creativity. It’s about staying organised.

I spent hours during the Summer last year browsing Instagram accounts for inspiration and then I decided to hop on board the bandwagon. I treated myself to some lovely pens and a notebook and started one. The start of 2019 rolled around and my bullet journal has been a lifesaver! I honestly don’t know what I would have done without it. It’s been somewhere I can jot down notes, explore my creativity without the use of a computer and helps me to relax when I feel a bit stressed. I thought it was about time to share what’s in my bullet journal, how I use it and my little toolkit.

My Bullet Journal

The journal I am using at the moment is the classic Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted A5 notebook. I bought mine in a bright orange so I can easily find it amongst my bag. It’s the one that many bullet journalists start off with however there are other options that you can look at. The notebook is smaller than the one I used to have but I am okay with that because it makes it the ideal companion for handbags and grabbing on the go. One of the reasons why I never started a bullet journal before was because of all the decoration and designs that you can do and of course if you have the time and want to do that, go ahead but I wanted something that was quick, easy and simplified in order for me to keep at it and stay organised.

My first tip is to decide on the reason for your bullet journal. Personally, I use mine to keep track of everything in my life whether that’s to do with my blog or University life. It sounds like a lot but I like how it can easily sit in one place so I am not travelling around two or three notebooks for different things. The key system is super handy for newbies. At first, I did think what’s the point but it has really helped me to keep track of the things that I need to do on a daily basis.

My main requirements were to have a space to write down all my to-do tasks for the day, keep track of money and have a journal format so it can be something that I look back on at the end of the year. Other popular bu-jo features include: habit trackers, food planners, mood trackers and stats trackers although I’ve not included them, you can if you want. I’ve never really joined the Pinterest hype but there are so many bullet journal ideas over on there that it’s worth taking a look.

My set-up is simple with a 2019 At A Glance, 2019 Goals List, Bill Tracker, Future Log, Weekly Spreads and Monthly Musings. My weekly spreads are different designs but I’ve got enough space to write down things that I need to do daily and a notes space to write anything that I need to remember for that week or the following week. I’ve included various quotes throughout my journal to keep me motivated and inspired and plan to make it visually appealing by printing off my Instagram profile for that month. That’s an idea Michelle had which I quite liked so I adapted to my journal too. Thanks for the idea!

I am hoping that my monthly musings spreads can act as a tracker for social media or somewhere to write down ideas for my blog. It can also be somewhere I can write down things that have happened this month, films I’ve seen and books that I have read. It’s just going to be somewhere I write down my favourite things of the month. My favourite spread is the 52-week savings challenge. I found the idea on Pinterest and the idea is that you pick the coin that you want and save that amount for that week. For example, if you have just got paid you might want to save the £52 whereas if you are having a particularly bad week, you could opt for the £1 coin. I was baffled when I found out that I could save £1,378!!

If you are still here listening to me ramble on then you are probably wondering whether you should start one or not. My recommendation is 100% yes! I am really enjoying my bullet journalling system. It’s a treat for me every month to sit down and plan out my little notebook. I can flick back through the pages and see what I’ve achieved and it has kept me organised and on track. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much because I had that mind set that you must be a creative and arty person to upkeep a bullet journal but trust me you don’t need to be. You can be as creative or as minimalist as you want to be because it gives you that freedom.

Finally, I just wanted to share my ‘toolkit‘ – I use the Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted A5 notebook which is standard to a lot of other bullet journalists. I use various pens and pencils however the main ones I use are: Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens, Metallic Sharpie Permanent Markers and the fine 0.4 Stabilo Coloured Fineliners which you can pick up almost anywhere. To decorate my journal I use various wasabi tape that I’ve picked up from various places. The quotes and postcards are usually found somewhere over the internet and small businesses.

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