Anybody out there a list-maker like me? Sometimes I feel like I can’t turn around without my “to do” list. The problem I had, though, was that I ended up with multiple lists and Post-It notes everywhere, including kitchen counter, dining table, desk, laptop, nightstand, purse, wallet, even on the back of my cell phone! I had notes for everything and still couldn’t remember all that I needed to. Not very efficient and certainly not clutter-free! Then I learned to organize life with a bullet journal. If you want to streamline your day and not feel like you’re going round in circles all the time, I recommend starting a bullet journal.
What Is A Bullet Journal
A bullet journal is so much more than a list. It’s a calendar for appointments, a to do list, a tracker, a log, a journal, an idea receptacle. Whatever you need or want to keep track of can be done in your bullet journal, and the best part is that it’s all in one place!
I went the minimalist bullet journal route mainly because I’m not a very artsy person and I don’t have a lot of time to spend decorating my journal. I want it to be functional, as well as a reflection of my personality.
How To Get Started
You can spend as much or as little on your journal, pens/pencils, and other supplies as you want. I elected to start with a very cheap spiral bound notepad and ballpoint pen I already had to make sure this was for me before I spent the money on a higher quality notebook. That was a good thing for me because I felt free to do a lot of experimenting and actually came up with a really good layout plan that worked well for me.
I now use a Moleskin notebook, Micron pens, and colored pencils. Some people use other brands of notebooks, calligraphy, some pretty fancy pens, washi tape, and other supplies to make their journal a work of art. If you like to draw, go for it! Your journal should reflect your personality and it’s a great place to express yourself.
It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect
This is my first attempt at a monthly layout.
As you can see, I did a lot of crossing out and adding in! I’m glad I didn’t do it in an expensive notebook, not that a bullet journal is ever perfect or ever has to be.
By the time February came around I was much more sure of how I wanted my monthly layout to look. I still make plenty of mistakes, but like I said, it doesn’t have to be perfect!
Contents Of A Bullet Journal
My bullet journal contains an Index, Future Log (I titled mine “Special Days,” but you can do whatever you want; it’s your journal!), Monthly spread, Weekly spreads, and a Brain Dump. Monthly and weekly spreads and other entries are called “collections.”
A lot of people also add daily entries. I, and many other bullet journal users, like to do weekly spreads. Personally, I don’t use dailies anymore because they were so redundant for me. I can always start using them should the need arise, but for now my weekly spread is very functional for me. I have a “Tasks” section where I list things that need to be done during the week, but don’t need to be assigned to a specific day.
Here’s the weekly that works best for me.
I hope you are encouraged to consider starting a bullet journal. It really does save a lot of time and keeps me on track. Also, check out the original Bullet Journal method here. This is the most minimalist way to set up your journal. You can search “bullet journal” on Pinterest where there are many other ideas for bullet journal layouts and uses. Live a Streamlined Life is on Pinterest, too!
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