Tuesday, December 06, 2016

My First Bullet Journal

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Alright, I'm on the bandwagon -- I've started one of those newfangled Bullet Journals.  A bullet journal is a planner, diary, and to-do list all in one.  Supposedly, they help you be more productive and organized, in addition to bettering your mental health.  After my roommate noted the positive reinforcement that is the gratification of physically crossing out finished tasks, I decided to try bullet journaling.  It can't hurt to be more organized, right?

Bullet Journal recommend a high quality notebook that will last.  Since I am a total cheapskate thrifty, I re-purposed a barely used Moleskine sketchbook.  In line with Bullet Journal, I made the following sections:

Index - logs the page #s of content
Key - definitions of the symbols to denote tasks
Future Log - long term goal list
Daily Log - daily to do list

I've kept with my bullet journal for three weeks now.  On each Sunday evening, I draw up the layouts in my Moleskine.  I take two pages to layout my Daily Logs for the week.  I draw up a Food + Exercise Diary.  I also have lists such as Blog Post Ideas, December/Blogmas Ideas, and Los Angeles To-Do List.  

My bullet journal has been most helpful for keeping track of my diet and exercise habits.  The daily logs are useful, though they haven't deeply impacted my productivity.  Like my roommate, I am gratified by ticking off daily accomplishments.  Cataloging blog posts ideas has provided a great reference for when I want to blog, but feel a little stuck.  My Photography To-Do List is also a good source of ideas!  In the future, I intend to log down favorite recipes and start diagramming information for photography.  

I found little utility in the index or the symbol keys.  I haven't used the index except to fill out each new entry and I only make lists with bullets or squares.  The Future Log is good to remind me of things I need to do long term (proposals exam, driving lessons, etc.), but it doesn't help too much in the day to day.  Overall, I'll be sticking with my bullet journal.  It's a good way to remember ideas keep track of tasks, and a bit of throwback to the days when I kept a physical diary!
What are your thoughts and/or experiences on bullet journals?


  1. oohh this sounds fun. i always want to start one. but the thing is, if i skipped a day, i will forget it forever -_- kudos to them who kept doing it for months! years! yours looks lovely though! definitely a simplified way to write a diary.

  2. Omg! A lot of people are already into this. I have a planner but it turned out as my bullet journal minus the artsy stuff, though. I'm thinking of using my old journals for next year and try out bullet journal and be a bit of an artsy person. Hehe! :)

    Augustin Ra / Indie Spirit

  3. I keep on hearing about these but I never really understood them! I'm not too good with pen and paper so it's probably not for me. I just use a regular diary and put my to-do lists in there!

    Jane / deluminators

  4. such a great idea to be kept inspired and organized! You got me at Photography To-do list ;)

    Love, Kandice & Thoughts

  5. I've watched SO many bullet journal videos and it looks like a really great system. I have an 18month academic moleskine with the days of the week on one side and a blank page on the other, so I'm sort of half bullet journalling I suppose. I know I'd never keep up with drawing everything out, but it's a great way of keeping track of everything.

  6. I like being organised and writing down goals but I'm not sure a bullet journal would work for me! Looks like it working well for you and I like the idea of tracking your food and exercise.

    Hanh | Hanhabelle

  7. Definitely not for me - I never had a diary/use a diary but I think I'd be frustrated if I start because I'd have to take time out to plan my week and that stresses me out haha. I like the idea of food and exercise though! I've only ever used the calendar apps for work schedules but I don't own a planner for ~daily life~ but it's always very mesmerising to see other people's notes on it... especially those with really pretty layouts.

    Cherie | sinonym

  8. I haven't given bullet journal a go but I am more and more tempted each day. It sounds like a good way to keep track of ideas and your tasks. I love how your journal looks and it's good to hear that it actually helped you in a way :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  9. This is really interesting....I'm always making tons of lists on a daily basis. Grocery lists, to-do lists, to-buy lists, chores, etc. It would nice to organize it all in one place! I also have a physical planner that I can't live without! I've never gotten into digital calendars, so bullet journaling may be perfect for me!


  10. I've been bullet journaling since October and I must admit, it really has made me more organized and kept my life sane! I'm not really keen in keeping a ready-made planner because I tire out on filling them up easily. But when I started the bullet journal, I became hooked! I love making my own spreads, it makes me more in control of what I want to put in it. I am 50 pages into my BuJo and I'm still keeping up with it. Maybe I could make a post about it in my blog, too. :) Soon, hehe. xx