I started bullet journaling last month and I can honestly say I don’t know why I didn’t start it sooner! To be honest I had thought about doing the bullet journal off and on for a while but just never did, I always thought it was totally my kind of thing and turns out I was right. I have my sister to thank for getting me into it, both her and my mom started one and my sister continuously texted me about how much she liked it. She then asked me for fancy pen recommendations because I love to write, draw, and create art with “fancy” pens, in fact I only write in pen, that’s just the kind of person I am. It sort of runs in the family because my mom is also a fan of using fancy pens for her writing.
After one month I’ve already learned a bit about what I like and what I don’t like and I’m sure as I continue to use the bullet journal, I’ll learn even more. What I’ve come to realize is that you won’t really know how you want to set up your journal until you start. You couldn’t really, you could base it off of what you think looks nice, but it could end up not working for you in terms of what you want to track and your day-to-day. For example, for my December weekly log, I tried a vertical spread but found by the middle of the month that it wasn’t really working for me. It wasn’t enough space for my day to day schedule, which is slightly more chaotic now that we have Bowie and also always changing. So I decided that moving forward I will do a horizontal spread for my weekly log.
I also found that I like having a “next week” section in my weekly log at the bottom of the page, it allows me to see what I already have planned or any deadlines coming up that will allow me to plan what I want to spend my time on in the current week.
I haven’t done too much in terms of doodles and artsy set up, well I’ve done a little but not anywhere near as fancy as the ones you will see on Instagram and Pinterest. I’ll want to do more as I continue, but for now I’m still figuring out how I want to best utilize my journal, because at the end of the day it’s a tool to help me track things that I want to get done.
If you want to start a bullet journal I recommend checking out Instagram and Pinterest, they are great resources for inspiration and guides to setting up your bullet journal. I’m thinking after this month, I might start including more content on my bullet journal, just because I will have had a few months of figuring it out under my belt. I’m excited, not only has the bullet journal helped me get things done but it’s a great creative outlet.