Last month I posted an introduction to Bullet Journal HERE. Today I’m sharing my update on how this system has been working for me now that I’ve been using it for about 6 weeks. In a nutshell it is GREAT! What I love most about it is only having one notebook for everything. Currently I’m using it for calendar, monthly and daily tasks, food diary, gratitude journal, spiritual journal and Bible study, assorted notes, storing of receipts, financial journal – pretty much anything and everything.
I just used a cheap recycled paper notebook that I bought from Big W for $4. As you can see being a fairly cheap notebook it hasn’t worn all that well even at only a few weeks into using it. I would suggest getting something with a hard cover for durability.
I pretty much followed the set-up in Bullet Journal creator Ryder Carroll’s introduction video starting with a KEY of symbols and signifiers used in the journal and then with leaving a few spreads for an INDEX:
As you fill up the notebook you just refer back to the index and add headings and page locations as applicable. As mine is a fairly small notebook I found that even though I kept the index I rarely referred back to it but rather just flicked through the notebook to find what I wanted as I got familiar quite quickly with where things were. This leads me to another suggestion: choose a notebook of a reasonable size so you can fit more than one or two months in it but that is portable enough size wise to be able to carry it with you at most if not all times.
Next I stuck in a small envelope (that I bought as a pack of 10 from Big W for about $3) in which to keep all my receipts for the month. This works well for me however it does become full quickly and can make it awkward to write in the journal at times because of the bulkiness. I’ve adjusted this a little by keeping receipts elsewhere during the month, sorting them out and just keeping what’s necessary placing them in this envelope at the end of the month.
Something I picked up as a tweak from another blogger (sorry I’ve forgotten which blog) was using a tracker. I thought I would trial this and I liked it okay although I found I would forget to fill it out sometimes for days and then feel as if I had to catch it up.
Some other spreads from my Bullet Journal: a wishlist, some notes I took about journaling and types of journals, a spread from my gratitude journaling and an inspirational scripture. You can record anything in your Bullet Journal simply by opening the next available spread. Pages do not have to be sequential so there is no need for “sections” as you simply record each page number in the index under the relevant heading. Eg: Food Diary – 3,4, 17,18, 35 -38
By far the most pages / spreads in my Bullet Journal were for daily tasks – here you can see an example: each task simply has a check-box next to it, events have a circle and notes have a dot (refer to Key). Use your symbols and signifiers to indicate the status / priority of each task. If you wish you can personalise these in any way that works for you simply listing your preferred symbols / signifiers in your Key for easy reference.
Well that is pretty much my Bullet Journal to date. I am totally in love with how its working for me and hope that it might be something that could work for you too. Why not give it a try!