Take a peek in my Bullet Journal

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Approximately 2 months ago I was watching a video on YouTube from Lily Pebbles. I can’t remember which video it was but she mentioned something called a Bullet Journal. My stationery senses were tingling and after googling, pinterest-ing, youtube-ing and everything else-ing I finally decided that it sounded like something that would be good for me and I was going to give it a shot.

Now, approximately 2 months later, every man and his dog seems to have one. #TrendSetter

Last week, I did a Bullet Journal flip-through on my YouTube channel. And, just over a week later, it has already surpassed 1,000 views. (Which, oh my god, is so amazing for my channel I almost did an excited wee.)

I’ve had a few requests to do a blog post to go along with the video, so here it is. I was already planning on doing this post, I know some people prefer to read rather than watch, but flipping heck I’ve had to speed it up because you guys really wanted this! So, let’s start from the very beginning.

What the hell is a bullet journal?

The best way I can describe it is that bullet journaling is a system, rather than an object. I’ve had a lot of people ask me where they can buy one, and so that’s how I’d describe it. You don’t necessarily just buy a bullet journal, (although you can actually buy one from the guy who created the system now. So that’s cool.) it’s more that you implement a system in a pre-existing notebook. Honestly, I will never be able to explain what bullet journaling is better than the man himself. So check out the bullet journal website and give the video a watch – it will clear everything up for you.

Omg where do I start?

You gots to gots to pick your perfect notebook, yo. Most people either use a Moleskine (not sure which one exactly – soz) or my bae the Leuchtturm 1917. (Which you can buy on Amazon in a bunch of pretty colours, just FYI.) I think a lot of people’s personal preference when it comes to size is A5 – I know I love it because it’s small enough to fit in my handbag but big enough to write in without needing a magnifying glass to read. I also personally prefer the ‘dotted’ style, rather than lined or squared. But, again, it’s all personal preference.

Once you’ve chosen your notebook, you’re going to want to maybe do a bit of research. But not too much because it can be hella daunting. Some people use bullet journals as literally everything planners. They make them look pretty, keep them forever to look back on in years to come, store memories in them, use them almost like a scrapbook. I don’t. (Again, personal preference. Gonna be saying that a lot in this post.) I use my bullet journal as a diary/planner – a way to generally keep my life organised. I do also incorporate some other “lifestyle” bits and bobs and try to keep it neat, but at the end of the year I will be binning it and starting afresh. For this reason, some of the things I commonly see in bullet journals on Pinterest and YouTube I have chosen to emit from mine.

THAT’S THE BEST THING THOUGH. The single best thing about a bullet journal is that it’s completely your own. You can do whatever the hell you like with it, put whatever the hell you want in it and put everything where you want it. You can try something for a month then adapt/change/completely get rid the next if it doesn’t work for you. You can have an idea one month and just start trying it half way through the year. It’s just fab, honestly.

So what’s in your bullet journal, then?

Like I said earlier, I just use mine as a diary/planner rather than anything more permanent. So I don’t include anything like gratitude planners (anymore, I did try this out, but it didn’t work for me.), memory pages, monthly reviews etc. But, also like I mentioned before, I do include some ‘lifestyle’ type things. Let’s take a look.

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I start off with my index (which is, conveniently, already included in my Leuchtturm 1917). The index is just an easy way for you to find pages in the journal. I mark any pages that are static (AKA I will need them throughout the whole year, rather than monthly segments that I will renew every month) in blue so I can find them quicker and any monthly segments that will repeat every month are left un-marked.

I then move onto my key. The key is the heart of the bullet journal system – a way for you to easily see what tasks you have to do, what are completed, what has been scheduled for another day, any events you have etc.

Included in what I would consider to be “lifestyle” segments, rather than just basic diary/planning segments are:

  • A wishlist (just to keep track of anything I want/need)
  • A savings goal tracker (a way for me to have instant visual gratification of how much money I have saved/paid back people I owe/debts)
  • Blog and youtube ideas (self explanatory)
  • A habit tracker (a way to keep track of my day-to-day activity)
  • A gratitude log (although, I’ve decided to bin this from next month as I didn’t use it enough)
  • Monthly expense logs (every penny I spend, what category it falls under and how much left I have in my monthly budget)
  • ‘Waiting on’ pages (anything I’ve ordered online, any PR samples, basically any information or product I’m still waiting on. Then I cross them out as and when I receive them)
  • A blog statistics page (a quick way for me to keep track of my monthly statistics and follower counts)

These are things you can pick and choose from and if you take a look on Pinterest or YouTube you’ll find even more inspiration of things to include, if that’s the route you want to go down.

Included in my diary/planner segments are:

  • A 3-month future log (A way for me to jot down important future events/notes. I’ve since changed this to a 6-month log over a 2 page spread)
  • Brain dump (A place to stick any notes/musings/non-immediate tasks for me to refer back to)
  • Monthly calendar (self explanatory)
  • Daily log (a day-by-day diary/planner. I’m never more than a day ahead – e.g. If today is Monday, I won’t write down any tasks for Tuesday until Monday is over – meaning I never run out of space and everything is totally customisable to my time frame per day, as every day is different)
  • Weekend logs (the same idea as a daily log, except grouped together for the weekend/long periods of time where no tasks are day-specific)

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Other key bits of information

  • Page markers are my bae. There are two in my Leuchtturm 1917. I use one on my currently daily log and the other on my monthly calendar. BUT let me tell you, two is not enough. I also mark a couple of pages with paper clips just so they’re super easy to find – my expenses log and my 6-month future log.
  • My bullet journal is teaching me it’s okay to make mistakes and it’s okay not to be perfect. See that page in the last photo? That was my “hey, let’s try out a bunch of headers” page. I’d also lost my pen so had to use a shitty biro that was running out. It looks super messy, but I don’t even care! Also, the big chunk of washi tape at the top? That’s covering where I started writing Wednesday instead of Thursday. *hair flick*
  • The bullet journal is 100% helping my anxiety. One of the ways I have to manage my anxiety is by making loads of lists to ensure I’ve not forgotten anything – I get really anxious about forgetting things. Having such a solid system has chilled me the hell out. Win-win.

Also just another note, this isn’t my current bullet journal anymore. I had an incident at work that, long story short, ended with my bullet journal being soaked (and subsequently ruined) with a full cup of tea. (See this Twitter thread for the full story and photos *cry*) I’m going to be doing an updated flip through video with everything I’ve changed/adapted in my new journal in a few months time! (My new one is yellow and it rocks.)

So that’s it! That’s my bullet journal! It’s basically saved my life and you should all try it. I promise you’ll adore it. I swear. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments or on Twitter and I’ll do my best to answer them! And if you want to watch my flip through video, you can do just that above! Peace out.


If you liked this post, you might like 28 ways to add some positivity into your life or How to be more productive

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  • Vicky A

    Your bullet journal is so neat and pretty. I’m not arty at all so I would fail so hard at this but I’m really nosy so I loved this post. I love stuff like “what’s in my planner/journal/bag/wardrobe/makeup bag” posts and videos.

    V <3
    http://sirvikalot.wordpress.com/blog

  • Ahh love it! It’s so old-school!
    Jabeen x
    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

  • I’m just starting my own bullet journal & am super excited. I’m hoping it will help me get some of the motivation back that I’ve lost since being rather poorly this past month, as well as helping me to become ok with things not being perfect. I’m such a perfectionist but I know I’m going to make mistakes & just have to deal with them. Fingers crossed that process will teach me that the world won’t end if things aren’t just how I want them & that it’s all about learning & developing. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

  • I really want to start my own bullet journal, but in the past I just could not be bothered to research it.
    Alicia x
    http://bambidreaming.blogspot.co.uk

  • So gorgeous! I think I’m going to have to just buy 1 because I’m seriously not arty or creative and my writing is so rubbish…half the time I can’t read it myself (Hangs head in shame) Haha!
    Great post hun!
    LisaXoX

  • I’m only on my second week of my journal, but I’m really enjoying doing it – even if it looks a bit crap as I’m not artistic enough to make it that pretty!! Love how yours looks :) Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

  • Lauren Wilkinson

    I’d heard of these but wasn’t really sure what they were all about. I can never commit to a journal, or a diary, my phone usually takes over. I’d really like to try starting one of these, but I feel I will probably give up after a week or two…

    Lauren xx – bylaurenjane

  • CrazyJoggingGymLady

    I’ve been looking at these on YouTube & Pinterest. I have a lovely notebook on its way & cannot wait to start. The pictures on your blog are great x

  • I’ve been thinking of getting a bullet journal too. There’s so much inspiration out there.
    Didn’t know you had a channel, I subscribed :)
    ?
    Stella from a Looks & Travels

  • Amy

    I love the look of these and your writing is so pretty but I feel I would never get anything done as I’d spend the whole time doodling in it and making it perfect haha.

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk – Amy

  • nicole

    I never saw the point in these but this looks amazing! I may have to try one in the summer when I have more time! xx

    thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk

  • This is literally GOALS!! I wish I could keep my journal that neat and organised, it looks so pretty!! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • Oh that’s such a gorgeous bullet journal! I’ve been looking them up on pinterest so much recently :)

    Kate xo // http://www.beautybabbles.com

  • I love taking a peek into people;s organizational styles. Bullet journaling is so inspiring.

    Chelsey | http://www.chelseythornton.com

  • Awesome post! I’ve become obsessed with bullet journals lately and am going to buy my own today : D

    Steph x.

    marvelsteph.blogspot.co.nz

  • Natalie

    I have become a bit obsessed with bullet journals of late. Thanks for letting us see inside yours, I love the way you use little pops of rainbow colour all the way through.

    http://www.whatnatalieknows.co.uk

  • Annie Silvester

    I love this! I’ve just ordered the bright orange notebook. It’s a great idea to help battle anxiety – something that I created my blog for. Can’t wait to get started!! x

    http://chasinglifetouslesjours.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Wow, you bullet diary is really something. I did start one but it was too complicated so I threw it out and redid it. You do have to work out a system that works for you otherwise the bullet system can overwhelm!

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  • Your Bullet Journal is incredible! Thanks for sharing it with us, it’s incredibly organised, yet simple and cute looking!

    x
    ireisapenguin.com

  • Your Bullet Journal is so pretty, I’d have been devastated if I’d spilled tea on it too!

    I’ve been looking in to bullet journalling more and more recently, but I don’t think it will be for me. I need stuff with pre-written headers as I’m totally un-artistic!

    Can’t wait to see what you do with your new one!

    Kate xx

    Dreams of Vintage and Cake

  • Tanashia Thomas

    I think this is totally cool but I don’t have the patience

  • I was just wondering how thick the paper is? I’m a little bit weird that it needs to be pretty thick for me to feel comfortable writing on both sides of the paper which looks like a must in a Bullet Journal! Alice xx

  • I am so disorganised so this would be perfect for me and such a cute idea

    Lauren x | http://www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  • Loving the post (and the video!). As you know, you (and many others!) have made me want to give this ago so I’ll be referring back to this when I do! Maybe I’ll have to post what mine looks like too!
    Sarah xxx
    http://www.ateachaholicblog.com

  • I have only heard about bullet journals a week or so ago and I actually watched your video and thats what made my buy a notebook and start my bullet journal.
    I love how artistic, personalized and original it looks. Normal agendas can be boring and I end up not using them but with this it is completely different! It actually motivates me to do more! Love the idea.
    I will be keeping all of them too because I created a “Memories” section for each month and so it will be nice to go back and see it x

    http://www.thelisasworld.com

  • Henry George

    Great post. I am a bit of a messy thinker and my bullet journal is great for throwing down random daily ideas and thoughts.

  • I think bullet journaling is not for me haha, but it’s great it fits perfectly for you. :) It looks interesting and like you can be very creative with it. I just got into using a “normal” agenda. It helps me to stay organised as well, but is mostly “pre-designed” … for me that’s just easier and not as time-consuming.
    I like the look of yours, though. The “messy” page looks great BECAUSE of the different headers. :) I really like that.
    Also yay on choosing the yellow notebook, even though most people said teal. :P It’s typical – sometimes, we have our opinions already, but it takes time to realise that haha.
    xx

  • Amazing. I’ve been so intrigued with bullet journals after seeing them on YouTube! I think it’s time to take it to the next step and give this a try!

  • Absolutely love your journal, it looks super organised :) x

    Sara / AboutLittleThiings

  • It’s so pretty! I have one too that I started in February and i love it! I loved the idea of making it really pretty and having colourful headings at first, but then I realized it was okay if it wasn’t pretty. So now I just scribble everything in and it’s actually really cathartic!

  • I have seen quite a lot about Bullet Journals recently and am really warming to the idea of getting one.
    Your’s look so beautiful and neat and tidy!! Right organisation envy right there!
    I definitely wouldn’t be able to make one so neat!
    Alice x

    http://www.InTheEyeOfThis.co.uk

  • Thank you for sharing, recently I commented on your Instagram asking you where you got it, I’m so happy you shared this! :)

    Bollianaxo | Student’s Lifestyle

  • Brilliant. I’m literally about to hit buy on a Leuchtturm notebook to start my own bullet journal this month (one of my monthly goals.) I always feel so anxious and overwhelmed, I’m hoping this will help. I’m saving this to come back to when I’m setting up my own. Thank you! x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • This post is exactly what I needed! I’ve been interested in one too but had no idea where to start/how to set it up for blog related things. Definitely pinning and bookmarking this to come back to! Thank you!

    Sarah | sarahrose.org

  • Love how you have organised your journal!

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

  • I love the idea of these but I really worry I wouldn’t be disciplined enough. I guess that’s on me though. They do look ruddy beautiful and seem like a pretty epic way to while away the time!
    Just ordered me an aqua blue one :o)
    M x Life Outside London

  • I started using a bullet journal in January, I love it! It is amazing for school, blog and personal life. I don’t have the best handwriting in the world but I still love it. Nice Post!
    Róisín
    totallyro.blogspot.ie

  • Bullet journals have been so intimidating to me, like I don’t have the prettiest handwriting or whatnot. But as I’ve wanted to journal more, plan for my blog, etc. I cannot seem to find a planner that incorporates everything I want lol. This maaaaay have just convinced me to take the leap to doing a bullet journal :) great post!!!
    xoxo,
    Kenzie | kenzieblogs.com

  • charlotte samantha

    Great post lovely!! I love being able to see how you have set yours out!! How your enjoying your new yellow one ;)

    CharlotteSamantha // http://www.charlottesamatha.co.uk

  • Love this post! Your bullet journal looks amazing, I love the way it’s decorative with the fonts and arrows but nothing too fancy. There’s so many photos of bullet journals which are perfect and that look great, but it just doesn’t seem like it would be realistic to do that on a daily basis. Hopefully that makes sense, but bottom line, love the design and setup of your bullet journal!

    Katie // http://www.zzandh.com