Five ways I use Bullet Journaling

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I have always been a list maker. From the time I could fit a pencil in my hand and scribble down the thoughts in my head, I loved making lists of things. It began with cataloging things. Books on my shelf. My matchbox cars. Names of all my Barbies.

When I got a little older, I learned the joy of task lists. My mother learned quickly that the way to motivate me to do my chores was to give me a list I could check off with glee. I often would do more than had been written on the paper simply so I could mark those things as done too.

That’s why upon seeing my friend’s bullet journal last year, I realized that I needed to make this ritual a regular part of my life. It was the best decision I ever made.

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Master Schedule

 

My bullet journal is more than just a collection of lists. Though that is what it was originally designed to do, there are so many other ways to use it.

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My bullet journal is my:

  • annual calendar
  • event planner
  • weekly task list
  • day runner schedule
  • grocery and errand list
  • assignment checklist
  • progress chart
  • gratitude journal
  • habit tracker
  • organizational tool for both work and personal goals
  • diary
  • diet success tracker
  • reading list
  • bingewatch record
  • motivational guide
  • idea notebook
  • creative outlet for calligraphy and doodling, as well as an adult coloring book
  • anything else I can imagine it being

Okay, so that’s a lot more than five ways.

I credit my use of the bullet journal for keeping me on task while I published two books last year and participated in a series of writing and book-related events. My bujo is also the way I keep track of my weight loss, manage all my family errands and activities, remember my appointments, know when to expect packages, and maintain a migraine trigger record to share with my doctor.

Though I do a lot of calligraphy and use multicolored markers and washi tape to decorate my pages, that is all embellishment of a truly simple concept. It’s not necessary to do all that in order to use the bullet journal. All you need to start is a good pen and a blank notebook in order to begin. The rest is all up to you.

There are a ton of ideas you can find online by Googling “bullet journal” or by searching Pinterest. Here are a few of my favorite websites that helped me get started:

3 Comments on “Five ways I use Bullet Journaling

  1. I love Boho Berry – She’s from NJ like myself and I follow her work on IG – she’s who really got me started on my #bujo since i love her designing and style so much.

      • Agreed – I wish I had time to meet her personally before moving out to the West Coast – I was born and raised right by her and unfortunately it didn’t happen! 😦

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