I posted a while back about starting a bullet journal and then life got in the way and I stopped using it. This year I decided to try again and use my bullet journal for my work rota as well as the blogging info that I like to have to hand with a diary in my handbag. The kind folks at Bureau Direct* sent me a brand new notebook and highlighters to get my bullet journal up and running again – I was sent a set which consisted of a Leuchttrum doted 1917 notebook and pen loop in royal blue as well as a set of highlighters. The bullet journal starter set costs £21.95 which is a great price when you consider how much it would cost if you bought the items separately.
Before doing any designing in my new notebook I made a list of all the pages I wanted my bullet journal to have and which order I wanted them to be in. I then worked out many pages I’d need for each of the spreads I was doing and how I could incorporate notes pages into my bullet journal as well as ensuring that I would have enough space for anything.
The main pages I need in my bullet journal are:
- month to a page for my rota
- month over 3-4 pages for more detailed info for my day
- Symptom tracker – month per page
- Post tracker – for PR items and anything I’ve ordered
- Blog and social media statistics
By adding the pages that I know I need, I can keep track of everything in one place and not need to carry around a personal diary, blog diary, and blog notebook. I’ve kept pages within the notebook for blog post ideas and for keeping track of the volunteering I do too. I love the fact that with a bullet journal I can make it what I want and look the way I want it. I love actual diaries too but in all honesty, they never have enough space for everything that I need to keep track of and that becomes annoying after a while.
I love the dotted Leuchttrum as a bullet journal as I feel I can do more in the way of making the bullet journal work me for compared to using the lined version which I tried using before. The highlighters are fab and don’t ghost through the pages as badly as some other pens do. I’ve found with things like highlighters, a lighter touch is needed so the ink doesn’t ghost through. The pages where I have grids, I don’t mind that as much, as it helps with drawing the grids on the next pages.
I’m hoping now that I’ve started my bullet journal I can keep it going for this year and then start a new one for next year.
Have you tried a bullet journal or have some tips for me?
Disclaimer: This post contains gifted items but all thoughts and opinions are my own.