Thinking about starting a bullet journal? You don’t have to be overwhelmed! Simple bullet journaling can keep you organized, and you don’t have to be an artist at all.
If you’re like me, you have seen all the videos and pictures on Pinterest and Instagram about Bullet Journaling. I took one look at those, and said a big fat giant NOPE. Hell to the no. That is so much work! Is it a sketchbook? A journal? A planner? No thank you.
And then 2017 came. And I wanted to get better about goal setting. And getting things crossed off my to do list. So me, the woman who swears by digital EVERYTHING, decided that I would give my tasking management a step back in time and go back to pen and paper.
Why? I notice that whenever I write down my tasks, they get done. If I keep a list in my phone, it doesn’t. There must be something about crossing things off that just makes it happen for me.
In my search for the perfect system, I kept coming back to the bullet journal. All of the premade planners I found seemed wasteful to me, mostly because there was no way I was giving up my Google Calendar and I wasn’t keeping two calendars.
Here’s what appealed to me about the bullet journal:
- Totally customizable
- Keeping all my notes in one place
- The ability to track anything I want
Here’s what scared me: all the fancy page layouts and artwork that seemed to dominate everything I saw about them. I am not the craftiest person around, and I also have the patience of an ant.
Thankfully, Bullet Journaling does not have to be crafty. You can create a simple bullet journal. It can be WHATEVER you want it to be.
When you watch the video created by Ryder Carroll, the inventor of the bullet journal, you’ll see how simple it can be.
It’s the dotted version.
Here is an example of the “weekly spread” format that I use. It’s very simple, as you can see:
I use the standard notations for bullet journaling- a dot for a to do item, an arrow if I have to move it to another day, X if it is completed, and a circle if something is an event.
I love habit tracking in my bullet journal. While I usually do these in color, here is an example of a very basic one I did. Couldn’t be more simple.
I love that I can change this as I go– I track my cleaning in an app, so I didn’t fill any of those out (I promise I clean my house. 🙂 )
While my pages are not nearly as fancy and crafty as most, I did find some inspiration from the following:
I’m about six weeks in, and I have to say, this system really works for me. I love that I have everything all in one place– I can track my habits that I’m starting to build, I can track my to-do list, and any notes I take from courses I’m taking or webinars I attend are all here– no lost pieces of paper or rogue notebook that I can’t find.
Do you bullet journal? Let me know in the comments below!