Bullet Journal

Thank you for all your responses to my post two days ago about wanting to convert my to-do list into an organizational system! Your comments, texts, and emails were so appreciated.

The bullet journal method immediately clicked for me, and I decided to jump right in yesterday. I had a barely-used moleskin notebook on hand, which is all I really needed to get started. If you’re interested in giving this a try, simply begin here with the video. It takes about 15 minutes to set up, and then you’re off and running. Some things this blog project has taught me: the learning is in the action. You must begin before you’re ready. And you can’t be precious.

Don’t go down the rabbit hole of Instagram bullet journalists until after you begin your own journal. There is some beautiful artistry out there, but it can feel intimidating and confusing, especially if you’re just looking for something practical.

My journal has already reduced my anxiety about the next two super-busy months. When the calendar gets crazy, it’s easy for me to overlook the quiet pockets of time. The journal allows me to look ahead and notice that there are indeed quiet spots, places to breathe. It’s incredibly flexible; you can add pages and trackers as you think of them. I want to incorporate some self-care; I haven’t figured it out yet, but it will evolve. I’ve made pages for publications I want to pitch to, and I’m already seeing how I can further organize these into paid, unpaid, poetry, and contests. I have a gratitude page, which a kind reader reminded me about last night in a comment. I also created a page for my very quotable two-year-old. I’m so happy to have a place to catch her wonderful words and sentences. Later I will transcribe the most memorable ones into her baby book. I made a migraine log; perhaps one day I will get to the naturopath and sort these out, and I know a log will be helpful.

It’s relaxing and not at all time-consuming to review your list at day’s end. And it’s satisfying to x-out the completed tasks and migrate others to future days. Then you can take a moment to add a few things to your gratitude list and finish the day on a grateful note, even if you didn’t accomplish everything on your to-do list. I usually blame myself when a task isn’t completed or a deadline met; it must be due to my inadequacy, distraction, or poor planning. The journal allows me to see that it’s not about my inadequacy, but often a lack of time, and I need to make adjustments to the schedule.

My journal is not precious or artsy. I’m not using an array of brightly colored pens (yet). Right now I’m just learning the method. If you’re interested, I encourage you to simply begin. It will not look perfect like those Instagram bullet journals, but remember, you’re not seeing their very first journal, you’re seeing the mastered versions. Once you do master it, this is a pretty fun list of ways to customize.

I would love to hear more from anyone who is using this organizational method or plans to give it a go. Happy journaling!

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4 thoughts on “Bullet Journal”

  1. Okay you’re making a pretty good sell here. I wasn’t convinced by the first link I followed out (it looked like “one more thing” for me to try rather than mastering something I’ve already attempted) but now I think I may really need to do this! Thanks!

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    1. I agree, Rachel! It wasn’t until I went to the official bullet journal site and watched the video that it all came together for me. My journal is a little messy. I see now why they suggested dotted paper, but it’s keeping me sane and organized (and I still consider this first one an experiment). I don’t want to jinx it, but I may even meet my deadlines this week. Here’s to hoping!


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