Recently I stumbled upon the Bullet Journal system (yes, I admit a Pinterest gem). A system developed by Ryder Caroll and gaining popularity on social media, it’s a rapid logging system that is designed to increase productivity in a simple and organized way. Additionally it is a planner/organizer that you create to meet your needs and be whatever you want (or don’t want) it to be. So after too much time pursuing Pinterest and reading a couple of the most popular blogs on the topic I decided to dive in and try out the concept for myself. I immediately loved the idea of designing my own planner- I’ve been using Moleskine weekly diaries for a couple years and for the most part have loved them (and always regret when I’ve tried to use anything else) but still wasn’t quite fully satisfied with them. I’ve also tried going digital and only using Google, Outlook or iCal but something about having a physical planner has always just served me better. Being able to create one, while a simple idea that isn’t all that revolutionary, felt pretty awesome and revolutionary to me and was something I didn’t hesitate to try out for myself.
One of the other things I love about the bullet journal, is its given me a small creative outlet. I’m no artist and don’t claim to be artistically inclined by any means, but I do enjoy pretending to be a little crafty sometimes. Thanks to the inspiration from various pinterests and bullet journal bloggers, I’ve tried to make my bullet journal truly my own and attempt some design elements of my own. It also helps that I live in the motherland of washi tape, which I have also developed a slight addiction to now that I have a way to use it. It’s given me a way to be crafty and frivolous without getting too carried away (outside the confines of the notebook- inside all bets are off!) One of the things I’ve had the hardest time with is not getting to ahead of myself. There’s so many layouts and hacks to try and I just want to try them all.
Which brings me to another plus of this system: I think it’s forcing me to live a little more in the now and stop before getting to ahead of myself. I perpetually plan for the future and unfortunately I think it causes me to miss the present more often than I should. So I like that this system helps me slow my roll a little, though I admit I do plan ahead a bit more than is advised (from what I’ve read). But again, this system is mine and I really like the “there’s no wrong way to do it” mentality behind it all.
I’ve only used it for a couple weeks but I can see continuing to use it for quite awhile. After all there’s still a ton of lay outs to try, and maybe even the traveler notebook system too!
Here’s some of my dabbling into the bullet journaling world.
I’ve learned a lot about my preferences in just a couple weeks and am excited to keep trying new things and learning more! I’m currently using a large soft cover Moleskine lined notebook (because I am a lover of Moleskine and I had a lined one waiting to be used already). The pens I’m using are frixion ball points and Pilot Vpen fountain pen (all from Japan) but I’m still testing these out and will likely be trying others too. Oh and I’m left handed so the fountain and gel pens can be a challenge!