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At the end of last year, I decided I wanted to get back into bullet journalling, having been rather sporadic with my updates throughout the year. I knew I needed help, so consulted a few favourite Facebook groups and invested in a couple books for inspiration and motivation. I reviewed The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll last month and now it’s time to share my thoughts on How to Bullet Plan by Rachel Wilkerson Miller.
Ryder’s book is great for people who want to know how and why he established the method – and why it’s working for so many people all over the world. He provides info on why certain spreads are useful and why it’s beneficial to keep things simple. However, if you’re a bit more artistic with your spreads and painstakingly pore over Pinterest for ideas, you’d probably prefer Rachel’s book.
Here, she looks at the key spreads and provides examples of how you could choose to lay them out, along with some of the basic background too. Whether you prefer your bujo concise or detailed, there’s a spread for that, including yearly, monthly and daily spreads, plus habit trackers (sleep, spending, food, exercise, etc) and more.
There are even examples for those who like their bullet journal to act more as a diary than a planner, something I wanted to incorporate in my current version.
I’ve mentioned the wonderful Write Yourself Happy before. It’s a book on positive journaling, which I came across after writer Megan C. Hayes appeared on Hashtag Authentic, and it really helped to motivate me when it comes to journalling. I’d spent too long dwelling on the negatives and really wanted to use my bujo as a positive space. However, we all need a good moan sometimes and it’s nice to have somewhere private to offload, so I loved Rachel’s idea of rant boxes.
And that’s not all. In her book, Rachel also details her preferred accessories along with pen tests, and there are a few practice pages in the back, plus tips on how to improve your handwriting and how to be productive with your bujo.
The book itself is laid out so nicely; I really liked the design. And I totally warmed to Rachel – I reckon any women who grew up in the 90s would love her. This is one of my favourite parts of the book:
“I wish I could say I know off the top of my head how often I should be cleaning my dishwasher or flipping my mattress, but the truth is… I don’t. (On the other hand, I know the biography of every single member of the Baby-Sitters Club. Brains are weird!)”
We’d totally be BFFs!
If you’re looking for a print resource but torn between Ryder and Rachel, they’re both great standalone books, although How to Bullet Plan focuses more on layout examples, whereas The Bullet Journal Method focuses more on the purposes and benefits of bullet journalling.