Have you ever heard of a bullet journal? I hadn’t until I started a course with a company called Parners With You (stay tuned for a Blog post about these fabulous lot!) and shortly after it was then mentioned by my mum, who started her own – and we are like two peas in a pod with artsy craftsy colourful bits and bobs! So if she liked it, likelihood I would too – she bought me some stuff to create my own. The best way to describe a bullet journal…..an option to help manage time/diary/notes/lists and all sorts. A simple idea of a notepad with numbered pages, an easy index page to find what you are looking for. All in one place.
Now, anyone who is like me – a bullet journal is just perfect. Let me explain.
- I am the queen of lists. I have a list for EVERYTHING.
- Ticking things off (is that not the most satisfying part?!)
- I am a planner. I am the one that has the train route plan, times of where we need to be and how long we have to get to each place – handwritten and saved on my phone (YES, I am THAT annoying person)
- STATIONERY. Remember how you used to feel about getting new stationery going in to the new year at school? I still get that at the age of 30 walking into a Staples Store.
- Sticking with the old school vibes – writing in your best hand writing. I enjoy writing. And I like it even more if it’s neat and tidy.
- Tracking things – give me a box I have to tick/colour/draw in each day for doing something, I am more likely to do it. To drinking water, to eating my greens to moisturising! (I hold my dry hands up, I am the worst for bothering with slapping cream on)
- Doodling – just call me Pablo Picasso
So, if any of the above apply to you, this will be right up your street. If not – You will probably hate everything about it I am sure – I know this from a friend of mines reaction when I told her about this magnificent invention……she looked at me as if I was bonkers lol Why would I take time to make these unnecessary things neat, tidy and pretty – when you have post it notes to write things on? And pre made diarys you can buy? Total opposite ends of the scale. I get it though, a bullet journal isn’t for everyone.
But you don’t have to make it complicated, or spend lots of time on it if you don’t want to. It can be however you want it to be. I decided to put a bit more effort in with mine – I find it theraputic and I enjoy adding to it after a busy day at work (and makes a change from staring at a computer/phone or TV)
Where to start? You will need a notebook, there are so many out there – ones that are specifically for bullet journals that have the pages numbered already, to your standard book from your local supermarket. I have a Leuchtturm1917 – which can be found by clicking here. I like this book as the pages are numbered and instead of lines it has dots, so if I want to draw things it makes it a bit easier (it’s the simple things!) Get a nice pen, or pens, depending on how colourful you want to be! You are good to go! You can add any stickers, tapes and other bits that you want as you go along and start getting into the swing of it.
Start your bullet journal with leaving a few pages for your Index and most people do the year overview/year calander as the first part. From then on, go wild! Add bits as and when – with what ever you like. Struggling to think of things to add? Pinterest is the place to be – there are so many different ideas and styles to keep you going for the rest of your life I would think! Or YouTube – loads of demonstrations out there.
Here are some pages from mine so far!
Thank you for stopping by!
Lots of love
Lisa & Winston ❤👸🏼🐶🐾