Hello again everyone!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog. I’m a little ashamed, but I had some doubts that I’ve finally put aside. I’m grateful for Shailyn, because she encouraged me to keep going!
I love writing on my blog, and I can’t forget that. I thought that I might not be good enough, and I thought that no one would want to read what I have to say. I’m hoping that I can help people through my writing as much as I’m helped through the writing of others.
I will not be making my April book and blog goals since I’ve been so behind, but I’m going to finish my April goals, turning them into my May goals.
I’m excited to finally get back on track! A while ago I used a bullet journal to keep track of everything in my life. After a while I stopped using it, and my life returned to a sort of disorder. I’ve decided to start bullet journaling again.
I bullet journal in my own style, but I follow the general guidelines. I have a key, a table of contents, calendar pages, planner pages, journal pages, and more. I’m going to use my bullet journal to organise everything.
Even if you’re not big into organization, a bullet journal can help you a lot. A bullet journal is like a relaxed planner, because you can write whatever you want in it in whatever order, as long as you have your own set key and order of things. You just have to make it yours!
Choosing a Journal
Because of my obsession with Target, it’s only natural that my journal comes from Target. I love this notebook with the cute umbrella on the front and the heart rain. It’s adorable!
Your journal can be any journal of any style that you like! Just make it something you like so you’ll be excited to write in it.
The first thing you’ll want to do in your new journal is number the pages. I only number the even pages to save me time.
Also included in choosing a journal is choosing a nice set of writing utensils. I use Stabilo 88 Fineliners that you can check out here.
Making a Key
I’ll show you the symbols that I use in my journal, but yours won’t necessarily match mine. Use whatever symbols you think you’ll need in your journaling.
It’s helpful to have a symbol to differentiate regular to-dos from urgent to-dos, but other than that you’re free to experiment.
Table of Contents
Here you’ll leave a page blank in the front to add your contents. I separate my contents into journal entries, dailies, weeklies, monthlies, and other categories as I go.
I’m not too worried about how it looks to you all (you can see where I scribbled out). I don’t mind how it looks, so I hope you can bear with me!
A typical daily entry should include your daily tasks. These are the foundation of your daily entry. I also add a food log, exercise log, and water tracker to make sure that I’m staying healthy. I make sure to leave space for reflection if I want to write but not as a separate journal entry.
You have the option to use weekly entries. I like to use weekly entries to keep track of my to-dos for the week, but that’s pretty much it.
I do this in two forms. One portion is in a calendar form so I can put in important dates. The other portion is a to-do list for the month. This is where I put to-dos that aren’t necessarily happening soon enough to put it in a daily or a weekly.
This isn’t a static page either. As the month progresses, you can add any to-dos that you need to add in order to get them done for the month.
Putting Aside Hesitation
I was very hesitant to take on the task of a bullet journal before the first time I made one. That’s because I looked at it as a task. Now that I see it as a simple expression in an organized way, I’m not scared of it, and I’m not worried about failing.
That’s the good thing about a bullet journal. There is no such thing as failing. You just have to make it the way you want it and the way that you’ll continue to use it.
A bullet journal might not be for everyone, but I find that it helps me keep organized. It’s worth a shot, right?
I’m glad to have a means of organization for this hectic few weeks to come. Shailyn and I are moving out of our dorm apartment and into our summer sublease. It’s a beautiful building and a beautiful apartment. I’ll post pictures when we move in so you all can see!
Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments if you have a bullet journal or are planning on starting one soon!