Bullet journals seem to be taking the blogging community by a bit of a storm.
And yep, I am sooo on this trend. Anything stationery or organisation related, count me in. I'm addicted to using my bullet journal, and it's always on my desk, whether at work or home. I love the whole concept of it and the fact I can just completely personalise it.
So because you all enjoyed my first post on my bullet journal, I thought I'd share an update with you, to show you how I'm using it and what pages I've included.
If you're still not sure what a bullet journal is, it's worth taking a look at the guy who founded the idea's site, as it is all explained so simply!
Warning: this post is a bit photo heavy, so please be patient if it takes a moment to load! I guess the phrase 'a picture speaks a thousand words' would apply here, as there's no point just explaining what my journal looks like!
My first spread contains my key and index. I put the key on a sticky note as it took me ages to decide which symbols I wanted to use in the rapid logging process, and I felt this might end up changing in the future. I've also found that I've hardly used my index yet! My notebook is naturally divided because of the different page types, and it's not that full yet so I haven't found anything too hard to find!
Then I have a yearly view and a postcard I picked up from Paperchase. I wanted to keep this page free in case I needed another index page but didn't like it being blank. I actually don't think I will end up needing a second index page so the print will be there to stay!
I then have my goals for 2016 and my goal tracker. Unfortunately this is still blank because I don't have any colouring pencils here in Germany to fill it in! I might go purchase some today actually...
My future log comes next. I don't really like this page, and don't seem to be using it much other than the first day I filled it all in, so I might do the second half of the year in a different format, I haven't decided yet!
My books read list. My goal for the year is 52 - one a week, as you can see I'm very much behind. However I have a plan to catch up over summer when I'm travelling (hello 12 hour train journeys) so I'm not too worried!
My recurring tasks page has gone a little bit unused at the moment. I haven't decided on a blog post schedule which is holding me back at the minute. However my twitter chat schedule is regularly used for reference!
I really like this spread, though I wish I had some colouring pencils!! It's just some quick sketches of memories that stand out to me from these first 2 months. I'm hopefully gonna pick some watercolours up soon so I can paint March's spread, which will be exciting!Yes I spelt memories wrong on the January page, please don't judge me
There will be more on this page soon, but here's a quick snapshot! I filled it with inspiration for banners, date headers, doodles, and dividers for the days I feel less creative!
My habit tracker for March. I found this quite hard to remember to fill in, but I like the idea of it, so I made another one for April anyway!
The month of March, including my monthly view and a running to do list. I use the running to do list for things that need to be done soon, but not on any exact date. Then when I know I can fit them in on a certain day, I'll put them in my daily log (or just do them!). Tom's birthday was dedicated a whole page, as I had a lot of planning to do (read: I can't cook and attempted to cook a 3 course meal, he ended up doing the steak, and I forgot that you need to watch water to stop it boiling over, but I did make some good sweet potato fries and the brownies were incred). For the weekend back in England, I didn't have any to-dos so I recorded the 4 days in proper journal fashion.
I've started a spending log. I'm not sure how long this will last, as I prefer keeping a track of my money using technology, but we'll see.
And the first week of April. Experimenting with different header styles still and the habit tracker making a reappearance, though I still haven't decided everything I want to actually track.
Then in the second half of my bullet journal I have a blog section. Though I've just realised I've forgot to include the main part of it, my to-do list and post schedule!! I will include it in a future post. In this section, I also plan to keep track of my analytics (though I still keep more detailed information recorded on my technology), blogging milestones and blog post ideas. I also am in the process of making reference pages for codes and other things I always find myself looking up.
My blog section is not as neat as my everyday section, but I find that this is more practical. It's quite refreshing to just scribble away in the blog section, and I love making the first section look pretty with doodles, wash tape, different fonts and colours.
Earlier I mentioned that I don't use my index page that much. Another way I quickly find what I need is by using washi tape bookmarks. For my daily logs and monthly views in March, I had a bit of yellow tape at the top, and for April I'm using blue!
I hope you enjoyed a little look into my bullet journal.
Do you have a bullet journal or are you thinking of starting one?