I’ve seen bullet journals appear on my Instagram feed quite a lot in the past few months and they’re also currently trending on Pinterest. Bullet journaling is a really simple, yet effective system created by Ryder Carroll which helps to organise tasks more efficiently. The actual bullet journal has a dot grid which helps you to customise your journal in whatever way works best for you. However, as Ryder has stated, you can use any notebook.
I personally love writing down to do lists as they help me to remember what I have to do throughout the day. Moreover, crossing out the completed tasks motivates me to get everything done. Therefore, it’s not a surprise that when I found out about this system I wanted to test it out.
There are tons of videos on YouTube where you can find how to set up a bullet journal and you can watch Ryder’s video here to get a gist of it, but in summary, bullet journal consists of:
The index takes up the first few pages of the journal and helps to keep track of what is on each page.
The keys are symbols used to differentiate what’s written in the journal; bullet point = task, circle = an event, dash = note.
The future log is an overview of the upcoming months. It can be a log of 6 months or 12 months. It’s there for you to note down important dates in the future so that you can refer back to them when you’re doing your monthly and weekly logs.
The monthly log is an overview of the entire month where you can write down important dates and tasks for the specific month.
Similarly to the monthly log, the daily log is there for you to write down important tasks or appointments/events for the specific day.
My Bullet Journal Setup
August will be the first month of bullet journaling for me and I’m very excited to see how I get on with it. I ordered my journal from Amazon and it was only £5.80, but it’s not the best quality. I will purchase a better quality one if I find bullet journaling effective.
The way I formatted my journal is slightly different. The journal I ordered already came with a couple of Index pages so I didn’t have to create those myself. I didn’t write a future log as I know that it won’t work for me. However, I created a cover page for the month as this allowed me to be somewhat creative. My drawing skills are a bit dusty, but I really enjoyed this part.
Next, I did a monthly log which I split between personal and blog related. I laid out the personal part of the journal as shown in Ryder’s video. I’ve seen people do it in various ways, such as drawing little boxes for each day, but I thought I will test out how this format works first. I also included a growth tracker on my blog page to keep track of how my social media is growing over the months. I will note down my followers on the first and last day of the month.
I also dedicated a page for my monthly goals. There are quite a few things I want to achieve in August, and in general, so I thought that maybe I can speed up the process if I have my goals physically written down.
Pinterest is the best place to go to for bullet journal inspiration. I’ve seen people dedicating pages to mood trackers, wish-lists, habit trackers and so on. Thus, I decided that I will dedicate a page to track my habits. This will help me to see whether I have achieved some of my goals. For example, I want to go to the gym at least 20 times in August. Therefore, I will be tracking everyday whether I went or not. At the end of the month I will be able to see how many times I actually went.
Lastly, I will give a whole page each day for my daily log. I tend to write very detailed to do lists so I will need the space.
Hope you enjoyed this post and it gave you an inspiration on how you can set up your own journal. Have you fallen for this trend yet?