It’s no secret; I’m a busy person! I get a lot of people remarking that I seem extremely organised. If I wasn’t, I’m sure I would flap my hands a lot and have 50 million scraps of paper with scribbled notes on them everywhere. When you’re someone like me, who has lots of things to remember, it helps to have somewhere to keep it all.
I present to you: the Bullet Journal.
I am confident you’ve probably already heard of this by now – whether it’s on Instagram or Pinterest, you’ve no doubt seen the beautiful page spreads. Different colours, different borders, life goals, books to read 2017… a lot of people use them to organise their lives. I use it to organise my week, my calendar, and my writing.
Bullet Journals are (IMO) quite expensive for the ‘real’ Bullet Journal. But you can get away with using any sort of journal. What makes these distinctive is the dotted pages; but you could use squared paper or lined, depending on your preference.
The Bullet Journal is supposed to be a very, very simple system. It is supposed to help you streamline and organise your life; don’t be put off or sucked in by the myriad different pages you can include, the different fonts you can try, the tapes you can buy, stationary… All that is great, and if you want to include that – awesome! But you can get by just as well with a black biro, or a pencil, and any notebook which you can apply this system in.
Normal Bullet Journals come with numbered pages – which is useful for creating your index, also provided in the ‘official’ journals. But if you have the time and patience, you can set up both of these things yourself easily.
This is a snapshot of the index from my current BuJo; if you wanted to recreate something similar yourself.
This could be done in any journal, as I said. You basically have your first page as your ‘index’, and you need a page for a ‘key’, too. Most of this information and any other guidelines for how to use a BuJo system can be found on the official Bullet Journal website!
You need to number your pages so you can refer back to your index and find different sections easily. I really, really like this method/system of using notebooks. I don’t think I’ll ever use another type of notebook now. I am really committed to using this style of notebook; there’s a lot of pages, and I don’t feel guilty at all for using my next page for something completely different. I can just log it in the index. I do, admittedly, have a separate BuJo for ideas and writing related things, as well as the one seen above (my purple one) for every day logging and general things which are not related to writing.
The great thing about these is they come with spine labels and front labels, so you can title your journals, too. They look super cool lined up on a shelf next to each other, and there are several different colours available too. I have a black and a purple one.
There are tonnes of guides out there – I recommend the one on the main website (http://bulletjournal.com/). There are just so many great things about these journals of joy; they are endlessly customisable, and simple at the same time. You can make them as elegant, beautiful, colourful or as plain as you like. You can choose to use it however it suits you. You can make your own system or use your own key.
I think the fundamental ideas of this, though, are sound, useful. They work wonderfully. I will be using BuJos for years to come!
If you have interesting layouts for your BuJo’s, Tweet me a picture or post it to my Facebook page!