Bullet Journal

Posted July 15, 2016 by Jordann @thebookbloglife in planning 2017 / 0 Comments

What is it?

A Bullet Journal is a system of lists. Using different symbols, you create lists of your life and categorise your life through the various symbols. It’s a simple system that works in any notebook and at any time of year.

Why I use it?

I needed a system that didn’t wouldn’t cause a lot of guilt when I inevitably failed to keep up with the days. I had a personalised planner and it was wonderful but the guilt of not using was unbearable. If I went a couple of weeks of forgetting about it I would feel sick.

This is where a bullet journal fits into my life. I can use it when I need it for the busy weeks, but if I forget about it or I’m on holiday I can pick up where I left off. It became the perfect system for organising my life because it works entirely around me.

How I use it?

I start my bullet journal by writing out my monthly goals. I write about all of the things that I need to get done that month. It’s usually a vague overview of everything. Seeing as I’m getting married next month this last one has become more of a list of things that need paying for.

Once I’ve laid out my monthly goals I start my new week, and work through the monthly goals and set out what needs to be done first. Through this I get my weekly goals. These are things that I need to focus on throughout the week, whether it be payments or appointments or the small jobs around the house.

I also use this page in my bullet journal to sort out my reading. I write down which books I’m reading and then cross them out when I’ve finished. It helps me keep a track of which book reviews I should have written and published. Talking about blog posts, I keep a note of which blog posts I want to write and publish. I scratch out the ones I have written or have changed my mind about.
Then I write daily list and all the things I want to get done that day. It keeps me on task, and makes sure I have a productive day. I love this method, it lets me see what’s been published and where.

If I miss a week or have a half a blank page I get to stick pretty pictures in. So it’s a win rather than a guilt trip.

One thing I will say is that I don’t use all the symbols. It gets too complicated. I use bullet points and stars if it’s important and needs to be prioritised.

Would I recommend it?

Yes completely. It has revolutionised the way that I organise my life and the writing for this blog. I love this method. I love the flexibility of it most of all.

Let me know what you use for planning and whether you would ever use a bullet journal to plan your life.