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I think I will start a Bullet Journal tomorrow morning,” was my thought after stumbling upon the idea in a fog of insomnia. The last couple years I have been looking for the perfect planner. You name it, I have bought and tried but have been sadly disappointed in all products. The set-ups of most planners truely stress me out. Not enough room to write, not having the correct pages, never having a “just right” layout for all my needs. Erin Condren, Lilly Pulitzer, Day Timers, a simple AM/PM planner, using phone calendars… The latest and greatest was the Passion Planner, but it started to weigh me down too. Literally, because I bought the big one.
Last year I even tasked myself with building a perfect planner from worksheets I found online, but it ended up being too complex with too many printed pages to deal with. Being a natural list maker, they were everywhere. Beside my bed (you know, for when you are awakened by an idea at 2am and have to write it down,) in my purse, shoved in books, on the kitchen table, post-its on my laptop, anywhere and everywhere. Something had to give because the mountain of lists in my life were suffocating and not in line with my Kon Mari way of living. If you have been keeping up, the Kon Mari method has taken over in my world, here and here.
It has taken six months but I am to Konmodo and sentimental. The process gets easier and easier. The visualization of calm and peace, light colors and clean keep the motivation going. Simplification of diet has been in the works for five months, the keto/low carb has changed the way we cook and eat, and life in that arena is less complicated. The next step is simplification of my planner, and the answer just might be the bullet journal system.
The actual notebook did not get much thought. I knew I wanted a leather bound planner and my local bookstore was stocked with lined Moleskines. Already, thirty pages into my planning I can see this will be a problem. Instead of lined at least for me a dotted planner will be better suited. I will finish this notebook instead of starting over, because the Bullet Journal is an ever evolving method for planning perfect for a recovering type-A personality learning to deal with the imperfect.
What is a Bullet Journal, exactly? The Bullet Journal System is thoroughly discussed on the official site, and in this video by Ryder Carrol. This Bullet Journal planner dictionary is perfect for deciphering the vocabulary involved.
Tiny Ray of Sunshine is an excellent resource for Bullet Journaling. The author of this blog really gets bullet journaling. Bohoberry is another blogger that has great topic and organizational ideas for bullet journals. The Lazy Genius Collective was the first article I found on the web when researching how to start my journal. Here’s another pretty comprehensive guide by Cherries Mooney on the why’s and how’s of starting a bullet journal.
Right now, my journal is raw and nothing fancy. The only thing flashy about it is the outer bright pink. Right now just getting the feel for a more simplified organizational system is the goal, and it is really working. If I want to get creative, I might just find inspiration from this Buzzfeed article.
So far this is my simple index:
Up to 56 pages of no frills bullet journaling. It is liberating. Having no constraints and being able to freely switch focus from page to page equals to a non-stress type of planner.
I am always looking for more inspiration. This Reddit thread has some really cool list and calender tidbits. This blogger discusses how the bullet journal finally gave her “planner peace,” which is my sentiment exactly. She also uses this nifty little polaroid camera to add photo stickers to her journal, to turn them more into a keepsake as well as a tool. Nearly all the folks who have written about their bullet experience discuss how it has simplified things, much like this author.
Many years ago, I was a scrapbooker. Apparently I had a lot of time on my hands (just one kid back then.) The scrapbook stores and aisle at Michael’s got a lot of my money, and for years I kept the scrapbook supplies in hopes I would one day be able to scrapbook again. Over the years the collection of supplies has thinned out but the supplies that “spark joy” stayed. Now, thanks to my bullet journal, they can be used again. Before taking up bullet journaling I had never heard of washi tape. How to use Washi tape as explained in this article is helpful, so soon my bullet journal may be as decorated and pretty as some I have seen on Instagram and displayed in blog posts.
Amazon has a huge selection of washi tape patterns that are perfect for use in your bullet journals.
The other day Crystal and I were able to get together for a few minutes and I showed her my Bullet Journal. Guess what? She decided to start one too! Two Kentucky girls and their bullet journals. We can’t wait to show you our newfound love of this concept!