I have tried journalling numerous times……too many to count, to be honest! So when my daughter introduced me to Bullet Journalling, it addressed many of the obstacles I had failed to overcome.
Even in this digital age, I still like to take pen, or pencil, in hand and jot down thoughts. But I don’t need more failures in my life, and the traditional journalling methods always ended up in failure.
I needed something that did not require daily entries, long-windedness (shocker, I know…) or obvious neglect evidenced by the distance between entry dates.
The beauty of Bullet Journalling is that it can be as simple or complicated as you like. It can contain anything you want from simply jotted points or elaborate doodles, etchings, or decorating of various sorts.
Anyone else intimidated by a blank page? Note the dotted lines.
Your journal should start with an index. You add to the index as you add to your journal. Let’s say today you want to enter a recipe to remember, then tomorrow you want to list birthdays in the family or ideas for gifts or a planner for meals, appointments, tasks to be completed for the week, you simply go to the next blank page and make your entry and then record it in your index indicating the page it can be found. The journals that I use have numbered pages, so it makes the location easy to find. When you need that information again, it is easy to find, and there are no more wasted pages trying to allow room for entries you think you may want to include later on.
You can add colour and design however it suits your fancy. As a perfectionist in recovery, I still mainly use pencil so I can erase anything that doesn’t go how I want, but if you want to be more adventurous, there are myriads of examples of how others embellish their journals beautifully. Just do a search (Pinterest is a wealth of ideas and examples) and then be as creative as you dare! As you become more confident and comfortable, you can let your ingenuous juices flow!
Some ideas for Bullet Journal entries are:
1. Daily tasks page
2. Bullet journal key
3. Books to read or movies to watch
4. Favorite quotes
5. Weekly meal planner
6. Savings tracker
7. Spending tracker
8. Workout log
9. Weight loss chart
10. Habit tracker
11. Travel Planner
12. Trip highlights and memories
13. A vision board
14. Favourite recipes, or ones you want to try
15. Meal prep and planning ideas
16. A gratitude log
Really, the possibilities are endless. Make this entirely your own and express yourself in whatever way is meaningful to you!!!
Click here to find the journal I use. They are available in a variety of different colours, with 249 numbered and dotted pages, titled index pages, an elastic closure, and two ribbon page markers.
Below is a great video to help you get started….