Three months ago I started on my first ever Bullet Journal. I feel so much more organized and focused after I started using it. I’ve experimented a lot, tried different things and figured out the things that work for me. Read on to find out the things I’ve learned my first three months of Bullet Journaling!
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If you don’t know what it is, the Bullet Journal is an organizing and note taking system developed by Ryder Carroll, and you can watch an introduction here:
If you want to know more you can read about it over at bulletjournal.com. So here they are; the 4 things I learned my first 3 months of using my Bullet Journal.
Don’t be afraid to begin … or making mistakes
I agonized over starting my Bullet Journal: How would I do it? Should I start with a notebook I had, or get something new? How did it even work? Then I decided I would make it into something special, so I got myself a beautiful Navy Leuchtturm dotted A5 notebook* and I wanted it to be perfect. But it turns out nothing is ever easy. The first few weeks I didn’t write that much because I was afraid of making mistakes. But now I write straight into my BuJo with my trusted pen, and it’s full of mistakes and cross-outs, but I love all of them. The mistakes show more than the perfect pages does, they show where I have been and what is really going on in my life. Embrace the mistakes in life!
I love to see my week on one spread
I started out just doing daily logs, I would make the next day in the evening and migrate daily tasks. Then there was three days right before Christmas where I had so much to do that to remember it all, and to ensure I had time to update it I wrote all three days out on one page. I found I loved it so much I tried the next week on one page as well. I have now improved it to be a weekly spread over two pages. I always set aside time on Sunday to make the following week, I look at my monthly spread and plot in events, appointments and meetings and then I migrate open tasks. I also try to pick out a few on-going tasks and add in on a day I see there is space for it.
As you can see I’m a minimalist. I will something add some borders and lines in color, but this is how it works for me (and in Norwegian of course!).
I’m not a tracker person
But I really thought I was. I looked at beautiful monthly trackers from other blogger and found one that worked for me, and added it to my Bullet Journal. You can see here how well I kept up with it:
But for March I decided to take it out. I haven’t missed it. Much. I am however contemplating adding in a smaller weekly tracker for certain things in my weekly spread. Maybe relate them to my goals for that week?
My BuJo is never going to win design awards…
…but it works for me!
While I would like my BuJo to be beautiful, I find that when I use it I focus more on functionality and don’t have the patience to make it pretty. I tried in the beginning to make more out of it, there are so many inspirational and lovely people out there whose Bullet Journal’s are a work of art. Mine is not like that. It is however beautiful to me in it’s organized clear lines and minimalist outlook.
What drew me to the Bullet Journal system was how it’s so simple, but also complex. You can make it into whatever you want.
The exception to this is my memories page. I added it for the first time in February and I use it to draw symbols for things I want to remember.
So those are the things I have learned my first 3 months of Bullet Journaling. I’m sure I will learn a lot more the next three months! One of the things I love about the Bullet Journal system is how flexible and personal it is. I love looking at pictures of other people’s Bullet Journal’s, feel inspired and implement it into my own system. It makes me more organized and productive, and it sparks joy!
How about you? Are you Bullet Journaling? What are your best Bullet Journal hacks, and how do you make your Bullet Journal work for you?
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