Today, I am sitting down with my coffee to chat about my recently started bullet journal. It’s not Wednesday like it normally would be, because my carefully laid plans are all going to hell in a handbasket, but join me anyway?
The Coffee: I’m drinking a mug of the El Martillo (Red Honey) filter coffee roasted by Workshop coffee and it is all the kinds of tasty.
I have had my eye on bullet journalling as a concept for some time now. I work with computers and when I come home, the last thing I want to deal with is more technology to organise my personal life. Work Me loves all the computer wizardry. Home Me has a penchant for pretty notebooks and good old-fashioned paper and pen.
I finally picked up my pen after stalking the gorgeous journal posts from Kelly at Kelly’s Rambles and Steph from A Little But a Lot Check out their pretty spreads! (That sounds wrong. Do it anyway.) Kelly recommended the Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks and that’s exactly what I got. I went with plain grey, but you can get them in all the colours.
I decided to start off with a few simple spreads and not get carried away trying to do too many things. So I settled initially on a chores tracker and self-care. Both are things I’m not normally very good at. For chores, I tend to tidy / clean the same things over and over and neglect other areas. In self-care, I am a bugger for forgetting to take my meds, convincing myself I’ll get up 20 mins earlier to shower the next day or getting enough hours of sleep. I did a page to write one happy thing every day too, and found this was a nice way to end the day.
Reading is a big part of my life, so a reading page was an absolute necessity, as was a page to plan my blog entries for the month. I also set up a to-do list, but soon realised, that although it was pretty I hadn’t left anywhere near enough squares, so that was the first thing I set out to improve on for November! I also decided to add in a tracker to keep an eye on my reviews. I’d been using a spreadsheet for this, but I love my journal so much that I want to to do ALL THE THINGS.
One of the things I need to get to grips with is how far ahead to design the page spreads. A lot of people seem to do them right at the end of the month, but I need and want to be able to plan further ahead than that. I already started on my December spreads at the end of October. I’m also learning to let go of my perfectionism and accept that I’ll make some mistakes in my journal set-up and content and that I won’t be able to tick all the boxes all the time. It’s been quite the learning curve.
For December, I’ve stuck to more or less the same spreads: to-do list, blog planner, reading plans, self-care, and added my reviews tracker. Missing this month is chores because I don’t plan to clean my house at all in December. Ha! Not because I am a filthy slattern, but because I will be flying out to New Zealand at the start of the month and not home until the end. There will be various people coming in and out whilst we’re away, so it’ll get a good clean before I go and when I’m home, but I didn’t feel the need to track that.
I’m currently working on my holiday spreads, so if you are a bullet journaller all tips welcome! I’m excited to share these with you in a couple of weeks!
Are you a bullet journaller? What are your favourite things to record? If not, is it something you fancy having a go at? Come talk to me!