Ever struggle with having a ton of different lists (each focusing on different categories of your life) scattered over your desktop, phone, desk drawers, nightstand, etc? Enter the bullet journal.
I have found that it:
- puts all my lists and ideas in one place
- provides a physical copy of things (because I’m that type of person)
- gives me the satisfaction of checking off items as they are completed
- keeps my information easily accessible, especially for future reference
- is not limiting in how much space I use for different lists, plans, etc
- doesn’t force me to keep up with it daily or weekly…I just use it as I need it
Although a bullet journal can be used in many different ways (some people use it as a planner), here is how I’m making it work for me.
I chose a basic black spiral-bound art book that didn’t have lines in it because I wanted the flexibility of being able to sketch ideas. I drew in my own lines wherever I wanted them.
On the first three pages I made a table of contents. I can add to the contents at any time as needed. Right now I have fourteen lists going. Some more pages that may be added this Spring/Summer are:
- vegetable garden plans
- directions of how I process various produce (I seem to forget from year to year what I exactly did the previous year)
- perhaps an exercise log if I’m feeling ambitious 😉
- wardrobe basics/essentials I’m looking for
- Bible reading plan
- deep cleaning list
- recipes for natural/homemade products
What’s great about the bullet journal is that if you use up a whole page for a list/idea, you can just start on a new page, even if it’s actually quite a few pages later. There’s even a bullet journal system of how to thread your pages together.
Here’s a closer look at some of my pages:
On my mom’s last visit, I purchased a skirt pattern that I’m hoping to sew. I didn’t know how to sew button holes, so my mom figured it out on my machine, and I completed a few practice ones. But I knew that I’d forget the settings, and so I created a “Sewing Tips” page and wrote the information down in my bullet journal.
I don’t get to go to IKEA very often, so I have a running list of things I’d like to look into or purchase when I get there again.
A lofty list of goals for 2018. I actually see a box or two that I can already check off, which feels great! 😀
I’ve been using the journal for about four months now. Because the bullet journal is so customizable and can be used on a as-needed basis, I think that it’ll work long-term for me. Let me know if you have any questions, because I’d be happy to answer them!