A New Bullet Journal

I’ve mentioned before that I have been bitten by the bullet journal bug.  I really do love bullet journaling.  It is flexible and I can adapt it for whatever I need.  For example, my planning needs are different when I am on furlough vs. when I am in my own home in Japan.

In the past, I have used several different kinds of notebooks.  My first one was a Muji notebook with a printed calendar for one week on one side and a dotted page on the other side.  I have also used Moleskin and Leuchtturm.  I even bought an official Bullet Journal last year.  At the end of 2019 I was thinking about what notebook I would purchase for the coming year.  During this time, my thoughtful husband brought this notebook home for me after running his errands.  I decided that would be my bullet journal for 2020.

It’s a beautiful notebook.  He purchased it at Walmart.  One thing that it didn’t have that I felt like I couldn’t live without was a pocket in the back.   I found a tutorial on YouTube and made my own.  I made it bigger than the one they made, but it was easy to follow the directions.  I bought thick colored paper from Hobby Lobby to make it with.  I wanted it to hold up for the whole year that I am using the notebook.

The page opposite had something preprinted on it that I didn’t need or want so I covered it up with another paper I bought at Hobby Lobby.  Can I just say that I love Hobby Lobby!?!?

I found lots of free downloads that I could put in my notebook.  This 2020 calendar is one.  I also decided to put all 12 months at the front of my notebook instead of waiting until a new month is coming to put it in.  This is working well for me with my planning for the future.  I still wait until the new month is coming to set up my weekly pages.

I’ve found lots of stickers at Hobby Lobby and Etsy that I used to help get started with my new year.  I have always loved using stickers…long before my bullet journal bug bite.  😉

I leave a couple of pages at the end of each month blank for note-taking.  Of course, I had to add a couple of stickers.  I enjoy using seasonal stickers when possible.  These are in honor of Valentine’s Day.

I hope to do more posts in the future about my bullet journal.  If you would like that, please let me know in the comments.  If bullet journaling is something that interests you, I would recommend watching this video before you read or watch other videos.  Ryder Carroll is the originator of bullet journaling.  His story of why he started it is very interesting.  His is very minimalistic.  If you google, you will find all kinds of artistic ones.  I do not have an artistic bone in my body.  I found it all very overwhelming.  Mine is sort of a cross between artistic and minimalistic.  I keep it simple and use stickers to decorate.

If you want even more information about bullet journaling, Ryder Carroll wrote a book that I found to be inspirational.  He also has a website with lots of information.  You do not need to buy any special tools to do this.  Any notebook, even spiral bound, and a pen will do!  Happy bullet journaling!!

6 thoughts on “A New Bullet Journal

  1. Joleen

    I am on my second bullet journal. I have always used a paper planner rather than electronic but have found that bullet journaling is perfect for personalizing categories that fit my life. I would enjoy further posts from you on this subject. It is great to get ideas on how to be effective with this method.

    1. I love when I find out someone is doing bullet journaling. Every time I think about going to a digital or regular planner, I end up sticking with my bullet journal! 🙂

  2. I’d love to hear more. I used to journal with my devotional time years ago, but stopped when the journaling started taking over. Recently I’ve gone back to something like a bullet journal for that. I usually read from two, sometimes three sources, and I try to at least put a line summing up what the reading from that passage was about. Then at the end I can remind myself what I read. Sometimes I’ll write more if I feel it would help me think through a passage.

    I read one article about bullet journaling that had a detailed, complicated system to it. That looked like too much for me, so I didn’t look into any further until I started the system I just mentioned. I have to admit, I am drawn to that section of Hobby Lobby where the little post-it notes and stickers for journals are.

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