Monday, 11 July 2016

A Peek Inside my Bullet Journal

It's no secret that I spend more time planning than actually doing. I love to plan, it makes me feel calm and in control and kind of like I'm doing this whole grown up thing right. And although I love the Internet and my phone is superglued to my hand as much as the next person, there's just something about buying a pack of really nice coloured pens and planning on paper that makes me feel like all is right in the world. So obviously, when I stumbled across the absolute babe that is the bullet journal a few months ago, I was desperate to get started (so much so that I paid for next day delivery for my notebook because I seriously couldn't wait a minute longer, lol lame).

Bullet Journal


To put it simply, bullet journalling is a customisable organisation system. However, this can pretty much look any way you want it to and you can pick and choose which parts of the system work for you and which just aren't relevant and take away precious time during which you could be binge watching Orange is the New Black. And that's probably my favourite thing about this craze, because although everyone's doing it, everyone's doing it differently. It's a chance to be creative and get organised in a way that works for you. Plus it kind of feels like you're carrying your entire world around with you in one book and I like how simple that makes life feel even when in reality it's not that simple at all. But I suppose that's getting a little deep about a hardcover notebook with page numbers, a contents page and some dotted pages...I digress.

Although I've been journaling since April and have been dying to write this post ever since so I could show you all my pretty pages and you could tell me how I'm so good at doodling even though I secretly have to rub every single thing out about 12 times, I wanted to wait until I was fully in the swing of regular journalling so...you know, I actually knew what I was talking about. So although it's still a work in progress and always will be, here are all of the ways I'm currently using my beloved BuJo.

1. FUTURE LOG 

This is the first page I set up in my bullet journal, purely because it's the first stage in the traditional system. This is where I added all of the big events I knew were coming up within the next 6 months like birthdays and holidays. Although I don't tend to look back on it much other than to quickly remind myself of dates to transfer in to my monthly log, it was really fun to draw out and exciting to sit down and think about all of the nice things coming up in the near future.



2. MONTHLY LOG 

My monthly log is probably one of my favourite pages to set up and I love to just sit down at the end of the month (or occasionally a few days in to the next one because, you know me, always just late to life) and plan for the new month ahead. I start by writing all of the dates and days of the month down the side and then split the double page spread in to morning, afternoon and evening so I can fill in any appointments or things I have on at each point in the day. I then draw in a little section at the side for my monthly goals and try to think of a few things I'd like to achieve during that month because having something to tick off makes you feel much more accountable for your actions and like there's really no excuse to be lazy. I also love to decorate each monthly log with a theme that's specific for that month so obviously April was April showers themed, May was decorated with suns and palm trees for our Tenerife holiday and June was all about the bday cake.





3. DAILY SPREAD

My daily spread is where things get a little more specific and instead of just noting down events and appointments, I write a to do list of the things I want to get done on that day. When setting up for each new day I always write the date in the corner, the day in some cute bunting, the time I woke up and draw a little picture to represent the weather. I also like to use my dailys to track my water intake as I there's pretty much no way that I could be made up of 50% water with the shocking amount that I drink (or don't drink). Since I'm on holiday, I haven't been using a daily spread as much as I don't really feel like I need to write an entire to do list for 'watch Netflix for 4 hours', 'avoid all responsibilities' and 'don't change out of your PJs until 6pm' but they are definitely helpful when, you know...you actually have things to do so I'll definitely start using them again in August.



4. TRACKERS 

Just like my little water intake droplets, I also have some full pages dedicated to keeping track of different things. Right now, I'm working on building up my savings account again since your gal basically emptied it to afford a holiday, lol whoops what future? I've been using a little jar doodle to motivate me to add more to my savings and have been drawing a line each time I add another £100. By the time the jar's full I'll be £1000 richer and have a really pretty page in my bullet journal so win win really (until I empty it again and have to start the whole process all over). I do also have a page where I keep track of any exercise I'm doing but I'm not going to show you that because it's embarrassing and sightly depressing.

5. LISTS

There's nothing I love more than a good ol' fashioned list and one of my favourite things about my bullet journal is that it gives me a place to write lists until my little heart is content. I'm super proud of my reading list which took me way longer to make than I'd care to admit and I'm looking for more books to add to it so if you have any recommendations hit your gal pal up. I also have a little 'wish list' of a few things I'd like to buy when I have some extra pennies, a page of blog post ideas and a list of all my favourite things to cheer me up when I'm feeling a bit down in the dumps.



6. GRATITUDE LOG 

As of July, I've started keeping a gratitude log in which I take some time at the end of each day to write down a few things from the past 24 hours that I've felt super thankful for. Even though I've only been doing it for little over a week, I've loved giving myself time to reflect and it's such a good way to focus on all of the positive things in your life. It might not be the prettiest but it's definitely one of my favourite pages in my bullet journal and I can't wait until I have pages and pages of little memories or thoughts that make me feel happy and grateful. (Yes McDonald's chicken nuggets are on this list, why wouldn't they be?).


And that concludes this little tour of my journal/brain. I can't imagine not having this lil slice of organisational heaven in my life and I can't bloomin wait to fill up all 249 of it's beautiful dotted pages with lists and timetables and doodles galore. It's a sad, sad life. Thanks for reading!
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  1. I love the bullet style of diarising. I always try to keep up with diaries but always fail after a few weeks. I am so bad at being organised.

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    1. I'm usually the same but I'm trying my hardest with this one and not beating myself up if I'm not entirely consistent!! Xx

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  2. Such a pretty journal. I keep thinking about trying bullet journals.

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    1. Aw thank you, you definitely should! Xx

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  3. This is all so pretty, it looks like you're really making it work for you! I love how customisable the whole BuJo system is. I also love that you've included chicken nuggets in your gratitude log - are you me!? :D

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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    1. Ohh thank you! If you can't be grateful for chicken nuggets then what can you be grateful for?!! Xx

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  4. i like the idea of a 'bujo' but i've never kept it for so long,i'm gonna try and do this again hh

    todaysouhaila.blogspot.com

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    1. You definitely should give it a try, I love it! Xx

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  5. such a good idea.. i just bought jounal but i'm lazy to write.. hehehe...
    maybe i'll decorate my journal like this

    mutheas.blogspot.com

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  6. You have the cutest bullet journal in the world! :) I love the idea of the 'goals' column too.

    Alice | Whiskey Jars Blog

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  7. I like the look of your journal. Looks really busy.

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  8. I love the idea of a bullet journal! I also love how you have laid it out. I'm very tempted to order one and just give it a go! In what order are your pages set up?? Are they random or do they have an order?? xx

    Blog: http://whattabithaloves.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aw thank you, you definitely should! It doesn't really matter what order everything is in because you can just keep track of it all in the index page. I have my future log at the beginning and then my dailys and lists are just mixed amongst the different monthly logs. Xx

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  9. Aw I love how you've decorated/illustrated this! My journal is just a scribbly mess haha!

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    1. Thanks Milly! There's definitely some pages I wouldn't want to photograph!! Xx

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  10. I definitely want to get myself one now! I love planning, organizing and writing stuff down :)

    -Marie
    www.thatdarlinmarie.com

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  11. ahh your bullet journal is so cute! i'd love to be able to do one but i'm not creative/motivated enough haha

    xo Sarah
    Absolutely Sarah | Bloglovin

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    1. Aww thank you Sarah! It can be hard to stay motivated but I just try not to beat myself up about it!! Xx

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