Last week I began bullet journaling. For those of you, like me, who're organisation, stationery, and goal-setting obsessed you've probably got a bullet journal of your own. For those of you still in the dark, a bullet journal is a system designed to be flexible and adaptable to you.
It's the chameleon of the organisational world.
Instead of buying a pre-written journal filled with spaces and boxes you'll never use, the bullet journal is created and designed by you - with a few common laws to get you started - so that you are better able to prioritise and customise your lists, notes, goals, and whatever else you'd like to add.
I'm a very tactile, hands-on person and I've always found that having visual reminders, lists I can physically tick off, and paper I can flick through without having to rely on battery power gets me motivated and organised like no other. Not to mention, it's always lovely to have a beautiful, crisp journal to write in.
I'm only a week in, but bullet journaling has opened up a whole new world of planning and goal-setting for me. I'm still playing around with layout and content (which, for me, is all part of the fun), but so far, so brilliant.
Things I've learned so far:
- don't try to cram your whole life into it - instead, choose a topic or area of your life you'd like to focus on (work, hobbies, fitness, health, diet, travel...)
- keep it simple (the best part of this system is that it's clear and succinct, don't try to complicate it unnecessarily)
- make it fun (pick a journal you love, use your favourite pen, have a page, combine the process with breakfast, listening to music, or part of your 'me time')
- allow it to become a part of your routine (don't let it become just another dust-carrier - in fact, keep it in a prime position on your desk or bedside table)
- make it your own (really think about what goals you'd like to set or what aspect of your life you'd like to organise better and adapt your journal to that. Take inspiration from others, but remember to allow your journal to be a representation of your journey)