How to Bullet Journal (and why it’s the best thing since sliced bread).

In case you didn’t know, I’m a fan of journals. I have journals for keeping track of goals, journals for pouring out my heart, journals full of random thoughts I have that might come in handy at some point, and day planners that I rely on. I love planning and writing lists down on paper. I’ve tried using my phone as a day planner and my “notes” app for writing down all of my to-do’s, but neither will ever be as satisfying to me as writing down a neat little list that I can cross things off of as I finish them.

Last month I took a trip down to Indigo (aka probably what heaven is like) to pick out a new day planner. This was an exciting thing for me and I was ready to splurge on the cutest one there. To my dismay, there were none that started before July or August. Don’t even ask me why, cause those are the most random months for a day planner to start, if you ask me. But they say when one door is slammed in your face (aka when the universe is against your day-planning needs), another one opens.

**Enters “bullet journalling”.**

Bullet journals are basically completely blank journals filled with tiny dots that create a grid. They allow you to create the day planner that you want, while adding in anything else that’s important to you to keep track of. To some, this sounds probably like your worst nightmare. A few days after I got my bullet journal, I was raving about it to my sisters and mom, who all said “So they basically just make you do all the work”, “No way you’ll actually keep up with that” or “I guess it’s perfect for you, but personally, I would rather gouge my eyes out” But I’m here to show you that bullet-journalling is FUN and if you’re someone like me who loves lists, day-planning, doodling, and more lists, you’ve come to the right place, my friend.

The internet is full of templates and ideas for your bullet journal, which came in handy when I was stressed to the max. about how I was supposed to organize this thing. There’s the Future Log, which is basically a year at a glance. Nothing makes life seem shorter than being able to see your entire year laid out on a piece of paper.

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Then there’s the Monthly Log, where I write out important events, appointments, plans, and my work schedule. This is all done following a colour-coordinated key, obviously.

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The monthly habit tracker is a time consuming, but amazing way to motivate myself to do the little things that I want to do as often as possible. These things go from health-related habits, like getting enough sleep and eating enough fruits and vegetables, to goal-related habits, like working on my blog or Instagram, or not spending any money. It’s so satisfying being able to draw lots of boxes in a day, so it’s a great way to keep myself focused on these things.

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The brain dump is where I write down any quick thoughts I have about something I need to get done, or a DIY idea I have, or a good topic for a journal entry on my blog. Basically, it ends up just a big mess of words and doodles.

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And in case you were wondering if it get’s even more detailed – of course it does. It’s me, hi. In the weekly logs, I like to make a little space for each day of the week, as well as some other fun little things, such as tracking the hours I slept each night, the number of fruit and vegetable servings I had each day, my meal and workout plans for the week (which I TRY to follow), and of course a “to-do list”.

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Apart from the actual day-planning aspect of my bullet journal, I made some pages to keep track of other important things, like a list of chores that need to be done every so often. Once again, it’s satisfying to be able to write down a new date when I do one of these tasks. Maybe I’m a weirdo though. Then there’s the period tracker, cause personal health and stuff. And last, but not least, I made a few pages of “bucket-lists”, such as books I want to read, movies I want to watch, and DIYs I want to try. And I imagine it will be satisfying to cross them off as I do them. Obviously.

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We’ve reached the end of my bullet-journal tour. You’re probably either as excited as a kid in Disneyland (me), or you think I’m a total freak and that this is way too much effort (my family – and p.s. guys, it’s been 2 months and YES I’m still following through with this). Either way, now you know all about bullet-journalling, and everyone knows when I get my period. Perfect.

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