Mummy says….. ‘So Christmas is over and as I usually do, I have turned my thoughts to the New Year ahead and how I will do things differently. I love having a new planner or diary to start the New Year, and start off with great enthusiasm.
I soon realise however, that each planner I buy is almost perfect – it almost does what I need it to, but none actually 100% fulfil the exact purpose for me. I usually end up with two, if not three planners / notebooks / diaries. Then I forget one. Or two, I confuse myself, and what was intended to be a system to simplify my life and organise me ends up abandoned.
Not this year! This year I have discovered Bullet Journalling. Have you heard of it? Bullet Journalling only needs a notebook and a pen. That’s it! It is what you do with them, and what you create that makes the perfect journal for you.
‘The Bullet Journal is a customisable and forgiving organisation system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.’ says Ryder Carroll who invented it.
I have been looking into this for a couple of weeks now, before I actually take the plunge and start. I know many of my readers will be interested too, so I have put together a selection of Bullet Journalling resources for beginners. It is so easy to get carried away with wonderful images, layouts and designs on Pinterest, but I have decided that I am going to keep it as simple as possible – at least to start with.
I have researched which note book to use, and have chosen the Leuchtturm 1917 with plain pages, in purple. I did want one with dotted pages, but plain is ok. The notebook comes with a lined and grid template anyway. The Leuchtturm 1917 is A5 size and has an elastic enclosure band, so I can take it with me and it stays together, nice and neat. Another popular notebook choice is a Moleskin one.
And that is it. Around £20 to create the perfect Bullet Journal for me. Here are some resources I have been using to get me started:
- The beginning of the whole story. www.bulletjournal.com This is the website of Ryder Carroll who invented Bullet Journalling. It is the best place to start.
- www.bohoberry.com Kara has a wonderful range of posts and vlogs for beginners. Simple and easy to understand.
- The Lazy Genius Collection blog – a brilliant ultimate, easy guide to Bullet Journalling.
- Facebook groups – as with anything, there are many. I love Bullet Journal Junkies UK and Minimalist Bullet Journals.
- Instagram – again, so many lovely accounts. One of my favourites is oak.tree.journalling
I will be posting about my progress, and sharing my set up and spreads – I have just made a start prior to writing this post.
If you are interested in this kind of journal, make sure you check out my Bullet Journalling resources for beginners above, and have a think as to what exactly you want from your journal. The beauty is, you can change it as you go along, it will grow with you through the year.
Have you tried Bullet Journalling? I would love to hear your experience or thoughts.’