Revisiting the Bullet Journal: My Experience.

Let’s Start From the Beginning

My Key & Index

Back in January I wrote a post on one of the newest ways to stay organized, a bullet journal (bujo).  You can find the post here. I immediately loved the idea and was overwhelmed by what I could do. The options were endless! I could keep track of my goals, what I needed and/or wanted, birthdays, doctor appointments, places I wanted to go, ideas for self-care, books to read, and there was even a template for a TV series tracker. All of this in addition to my typical daily, weekly, and monthly planners. I dove in head first and decided to include everything and anything I wanted (which included the list above and more!).

Soon After

Additional Templates

Within the first month, I was adding new categories to my bujo daily. I began losing sight of the real reason I started using a bujo, and creating each template to my liking quickly became a daunting experience. Just thinking about the time it was going to take to update all those templates turned me off to the idea of the journal at all. Eventually I stopped using the bujo even for the most basic week-to-week planning, deciding it was just too much work to keep up with.

Let’s Try This Bujo Again

An Example of a Weekly Layout

It didn’t take long before I quickly realized I wasn’t as organized without utilizing my weekly planner. At that point I eased myself back into my bujo. I started using it almost exclusively for weekly planning, and not worrying too much about the artistic aspects of my templates. The entries were kept simple yet elegant and focused more on my day-to-day activities. I realized this was much more efficient for me than trying to take on all these other trackers at once.

Wrapping Up

A Weekly Layout I Got From LifeByWhitney.com

Now I utilize my bujo mostly for weekly planning, but also use it to keep track of ideas and goals. I’ve learned to only keep the trackers that benefit me the most so that I am not spending too much time on my bujo. Most importantly I’m keeping things simple in order to focus on what I really want to use my bujo for: organization.

Simpler Layout

Although the artsy aspect of it initially drew my interest, I realized that wasn’t as important in the long run as functionality. Everyone is different and I know for some the artistic side of the bujo is just as important. To wrap it all up, it is important to identify your true goals and focus on maintaining them. If you come across new ideas, try them, one at a time, to see if it is worth the extra work.  Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying multiple ideas all at one time. So tell me, what does your bujo mean to you? Do you use it primarily to stay organized? Or more as an artistic outlet? Maybe another reason? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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A perfectionist’s dream: the bullet journal.

Ok, has anyone else heard of this relatively new, amazing thing called a bullet journal (bujo for short)? I initially stumbled upon them on pinterest and it was pretty much love at first sight. The beautiful, clean, neat pages were a perfectionist’s dream. Any way, they are really hard to explain but basically it is a planner, journal, list keeper, art project, and so much more! I have heard wonderful stories of organization as a result of these bullet journals and it drew me in.

I even ventured to Hobby Lobby to buy my own blank journal and take a stab at it, and I’m excited to share what I have so far with you guys, but I’m going to save that for later. For now, I want to show you some bujo pages from the experts to get you just as excited as I was, and give you resources to do more browsing later.

WEEKLY SPREADS

First off, I truly believe the core reason people start a bujo is because they can’t find a pre-made planner at the store to fit all their needs. I can totally relate to this. Although I could usually find some really pretty planners, most of the time I felt like I only used half of the planner, and then had to use a blank notebook for more of my lists and other miscellaneous items I wanted to keep track of that I could not find an appropriate place for. So let me ease you in by showing you some of the weekly spread examples as that is what we typically associate with a planner.

Designed by: Sandra at Wundertastisch.com
I love Sandra’s template for the week because it has a good sized area for tasks and goals, but enough space under each day to add tasks specific to that day. Furthermore, the handwriting is beautiful and I love the motivational quote at the top. She also has a ton of other layouts and articles on bullet journaling. I highly recommend checking out her website for more bujo inspiration!


Designed by: Whitney at BulletEverything.com
This weekly template includes a few random, but fun items to the usual spread. Whitney does a tracker in the bottom right hand corner that allows you to track everything from sleep to water intake, and from food to energy! She also incorporates a song of the week, and a weather and mood tracker to the left. This is in addition to a box for notes, reminders, and day specific boxes. Giving you some real bang for your buck , this layout takes up almost all available space on both pages, but leaves you enough room for a fancy written date title.


Designed by Whitney at BulletEverything.com
Whitney does a really great job again with this weekly spread. She incorporates almost everything that was on the first template, but in another creative way. I love the triangles because they are unique but still functional.


Designed by Whitney at BulletEverything.com
Here’s another weekly template of Whitney’s. Again, it’s just an alternate way to integrate the same idea. The variety of options really give you a good opportunity to figure out which template works best for you, or better yet, gives you the ability to mix it up every week. Make sure to follow her on instagram so that you can inspired on a daily basis!

GOALS

Another great thing to keep track of in your bujo are your goals. In fact, it’s even said that goals that are not written down are just wishes. So start writing down those goals so you can changes your wishes into achievements! Sometimes weekly goals are included in the weekly templates, but of course there are goals that require more than a week to accomplish. For those, it can be nice to have at least one page dedicated to goals. I’ve collected a few examples of goal templates below.

Designed by Yu at BlueLahe
How pretty is this goals page? I just adore those little leaves all over the page. Yu also presents a great way to list goals and then be able to elaborate on them more to the right.


Designed by Jennifer Trafton at JenniferTrafton.com
Jennifer is a beautiful artist and really goes above and beyond on her goals page.

Designed by Melissa at studenting.tumblr.com
However, have no fear! If you are not the greatest artist in the world, there are simple templates that can look pretty too. Melissa does a great job with this 2017 goals spread. I actually used this template for my own bujo and it turned out really well!

Weekly spreads and goals are just the beginning. There are fitness trackers, finance trackers, tv series trackers,  reading lists, movie lists, and so much more. I really could go on and on with great ideas I’ve stumbled upon for bullet journals, but I want to let you do a little bit of your own search as well. Where to get started? See some links below.

How Do I Start Bullet Journaling?

23 Bullet Journal Ideas That Are Borderline Genius

20 BULLET JOURNAL INSTAGRAMS YOU SHOULD BE FOLLOWING

So, are you as excited about bullet journaling as I am? Do you think you’ll give it a try? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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