Thursday, 8 June 2017

Take A Peek Inside My Bullet Journal...






Before we jump into this week's blog post I just want to say a big, fat sorry for being so useless at posting for the past month! I completely lost all sense of a routine when it came to writing in May but I'm back now and armed with a pretty big reason for my recent online absence. Brace yourself organisational wizards from around the world; it's called 'the Bullet Journal'... Pah, who am I kidding?! All of you lifemin pro's are probably well aware of this diary system, but as for all of my fellow amateurs who need to get their s*** together? This is the game changer.

Created by Ryder Carroll, the bullet journal is 'the analog system for a digital age'. Full of nifty little life hacks, it is basically the most satisfying way to get the stuff you really don't want to do, done because it's totally customisable to your life - watch this quick video to see what I mean...

I began my first 'bujo' (chyeah, I'm down with the nerdy slang) this year in a dirt cheap notebook and loved it so much that I've since converted to the mothership that is the official Leuchtturm 1917 Bullet Journal. In it, I document everything from the daily to-do's to my highlights of the year. I also make note of the books I've read, I track my good habits, the list goes on and on and on but really it's much simpler if I just show you...










THE ANNUALS


Towards the start of my bullet journal is where I document all of my yearly bits and bobs. I have my 'Future Log' (AKA a year-to-view calendar) where I note all of the birthdays and big events, a '2017 Highlights' section where I can reflect on the best memories from each month, as well as pages designated to note down all of the books, films and boxsets I've seen or read over this period of time. I love self-reflection and given I have the memory of a small 'cofveve', noting all of this down is a wonderful way for me to keep sight of all the good stuff I've seen and done over the course of the year. 

Other things you can do in this section are list your new year's resolutions, your bucket list for the year or your annual goals - unless you have none of the above, in which case 'awks'...










THE MONTHLIES


Closing in a little more, we have the monthly sections. This is where I have an illustrated title page to mark a new month and therefore a new chapter, as well as seizing the opportunity to make use of my  beautiful Botanical Line Drawing guide. Here, I begin each month with a more detailed calendar documenting all of my appointments and plans, so I can set out the next few weeks and find those much-needed gaps in-between to binge on The Big Bang Theory with pizza and feel no shame.

Also, at the end of each month I have a review section where I identify the successes, the failures, the highs and the lows of those 30 something days so I can set effective new goals for the month that follows. For example: 'watch less Big Bang Theory', 'invoke pizza ban'... anyway, you get the idea.








GRATITUDE LOG AND HABIT TRACKER



I sense this is the section where I might lose some of you, as this is where I start to get a bit cuckoo with the whole bullet journal thing. However, I have to confess to you that this is arguably my favourite part of the whole process...

The 'Gratitude Log' is an increasingly popular tool for self-reflection. How it works is each day, whether it turned out to be a good or bad one, I note something that I am grateful for. Now I admit that more often than not it turns out I reflect upon a delicious baked good or something equally shallow, but the point is that it forces me to be thankful and I highly recommend everyone practice the concept.

The other half to this whole lodda crazy is my 'Habit Tracker'. Here I keep a log of when I manage to read my book, get a sweat on - all of the stuff you're meant to do in order to have your s*** together. As you'll see, the 'blogging' row was pretty empty in May - again, my apologies - so I'm pumped to see June's edition fill up with plenty of blogging activity!








Lastly, we have the humdrum of daily life that is summed up in my 'Weekly Planner.' This part I have to say I'm not entirely happy with - something about the layout feels really rigid and just 'bleugh'. Because of this, I'm considering editing mine so it is set out into columns similarly to the style of Instagram's @vestiblr (Beware: the world of Bullet Journals on IG is a bottomless vortex of organisational envy). The best part of having a bullet journal though is exactly this; if you don't like something then you can simply change it into something you do! I know, how profound... 

On a serious note though, if you're a little life-OCD like me and in need of an arguably nerdy outlet then I can't recommend the act of bullet journalling enough. All you need is a pen, notebook and 3-7 hours to get your head around the concept. Over to you!