In the last quarter of last year, I started getting into bullet journaling. A little late to the party, if you go by the multitude of blog posts and instagram photos already circulating the web, but still.
At first, I was intimidated. The photos of the the spreads were organised and artistic and completely out of my ability to produce. Then I realised that the beauty of the bullet journal is that I get to choose how I want it to look. What I want to go into it. I have started and stopped planners so many times because it just never has what I need or want, but finally, here was something I could control.
So I told myself I would blog about it once I got into the swing of things. But what, I asked myself. What do I blog about that hasn’t already been covered? ElgeeWrites suggested writing about balancing between the practical and the ‘interesting’ bullet journal, and that gave me the beginnings of an idea.
I didn’t choose the bullet journal life, the bullet journal life chose me.
That is to say – I did not expect to fall into it at all. Yes, I have spent a long time admiring the spreads I would see on instagram. The colourful pages, the organisation of it all, the artistic letterings. It was all gorgeous and useful and so utterly unattainable to me.
It just seemed out of reach. I am not the artistic one in my family. Not in the drawing, painting sense of it all. Words, I can do. Art? Not so much.
But there was this urge there. Here was a planner that I could design to suit me. To tailor to fit my needs. I could have a to-read list, a to-watch list. I could keep track of my blogging, of my business set up, of my writing.
I could do whatever I wanted.
It exhilarated me and terrified me in equal measure.
What if it did not look good?
What if it was not for me?
The trick is to find a balance. A balance between (moderately) aesthetically pleasing so you want to flip open your planner and actually use it, and practical for your own abilities.
I have pages where I have told myself I will come back and doodle on, because I do not trust my current level of skills. I have pages where the I drew out things in pencil before going over them in coloured pens.
And then I have pages where I have approached things in a simple manner, filled with words and colour-coded in a way I sometimes need to flip back to the key to remember.
Hey, I never claimed to have found a perfect method. Just one that is working for me.
And I am constantly adapting. Pintrest has been a lot of help in this regard. Ideas for spreads and titles and pages I want to add to my little notebook of everything are added almost daily to my BuJo Inspo board.
A few must haves that I swear by?
- Monthly and weekly logs.
- To-read list for us readers, for sure.
- Habit tracker! This one I added in my second month journaling and honestly, it spurs me to be better at being productive.
- A space to jot down ideas and thoughts that don’t seem to belong anywhere. (I saw someone call it a ‘brain dump’ on a spread and now I title it that too.)
- A place for little quotes that can motivate you during the week/month.
If you bullet journal, what are your must have pages? Are you the artistic type or, like me, are you somewhere between wanting to be and not having the capability?
If you don’t journal, do you have any interest in starting? What are your thoughts on bullet journals?