I first read about bullet journaling from Stephanie at My Freckled Life blog (Go, Hokies!). I was intrigued by the idea of creating a planner that works for you instead of making an existing planner fit what you need. After a bit more Pinterest research, I was intrigued enough to try it out for myself. I bought the Leuchtturm 1917 notebook with dots in navy blue and these Staedtler pens from Amazon. I also found a six-inch plastic ruler at Hobby Lobby (for 64 cents after a coupon). Confession: I bought the navy blue because the shade of purple I wanted was sold out.
You can learn all about the creator and the real method of the bullet journal here. I’m taking the essence of Ryder’s idea and tweaking it to what I want. My department in grad school rides and dies by the Outlook calendar, so I didn’t actually need a day-to-day breakdown. I complete more homey and school related tasks on a weekly basis when I have time, and I realized that a monthly spread with details for each week would be much more effective for me. I’ll wait and see how the task completion key fits into my life. Definitely peruse the hashtags #bulletjournal and #bujo on social media to see lots of creative monthly spreads and ideas to track.
I like that you have the flexibility to change how you set up each month. My personality is a bit too Type A to go in willy-nilly, so I wrote out what I wanted to track each month before I set up the spread. I am going to experiment with cute fonts and such once I get my spread more finalized. I also realized that the standard 5.75 x 8.25 size is a bit small for my handwriting. Now that I’m in between jobs, I’m going to try out a larger size and modify what I’ve been doing with more space.
Do any of y’all use a bullet journal?