I wanted to get in on the bujo craze because it combines three of my favourite things – stationery, planning and organisation. But looking at other people’s had me wondering if you can love your bullet journal even if you’re not particularly arty/creative. Plus, is there even any point in me having a bullet journal if I also use a Filofax and Blogger’s Journal?
I wanted to use a bullet journal for a couple of main reasons: note my monthly to do list on one page instead of throughout a week-to-view diary, track my goals and plan blog ideas. I guess I kinda wanted it to be an extension of my Blogger’s Journal, so the two could work together.
I started in June and there weren’t very many pages for the month…
I started out with my key dates for the month and a to do list. Nice and simple, with a bit of colour.
I really wanted to get a gratitude journal but decided to save money and use a page a month to write down the things I’m thankful for instead. The other side of the spread is a tracker of what I’ve been watching and reading – turns out you don’t read that many books in a month when you’re working your way through Game of Thrones!
I thought about tracking some of my favourite memories/Jenson’s milestones and using a Polaroid theme but because I use the one line a day diary for Jenson memories, it turned out I didn’t really need this page. And the bleddy ink bled through to the opposite spread and ruined my Twitter chats page! Gutted!
I thought about other things I wanted to track for progress and listed my 30 Before 30, as well as some other general goals (skills, etc). I didn’t really have time to jazz it up…
Then I started tracking my blog stats. I have an Excel doc where I track my yearly goals and monthly progress and also have a stats tracker in my Blogger’s Journal, so this isn’t really necessary and just looks a mess to be honest!
After seeing so much bujo inspo online, I decided to make special pages for the start of each month – but given my skills, I still needed to keep it simple. Oh, the lefthand side of this spread is a weight tracker I thought I’d introduce – very simple scales theme. Since having Jenson I’ve floated around the 92kg mark but when I went to weigh myself to start this, I found I was below 90kg for the first time since he was born! Of course, when I converted it I found out I’m 14 stone(!) – I prefer weighing in kg because the numbers drop quicker! Weird system, right?
All I have for July so far is my Pay Day checklist, which I didn’t want to share (bills to pay, etc). We’re already halfway through the month and I haven’t tracked any of the books I’ve read or films and TV shows I’ve seen – bad bullet journaller! I guess it may not be ideal for me as I rarely find the time to update it, so it’s best that I have pages which I can dip in and out of.
Do you have a bullet journal? Are you particularly artistic? What do you think makes it work well? Let me know!
EDIT: I wanted to get in on the Bullet Journal Bloggers linky and decided to refer back to this post as an introduction – I’ll have something new for next month!