You may or may not have heard of a new analog planning system called bullet journaling, which entails creativity, mindfulness and getting your life together. I was on websites like We Heart It and Tumblr, to get inspiration for my blog when I just happened to stumble upon this, which is trending among creative account holders. Here is how I like to bullet journal:
First you have to pick a journal to use. Most Bullet journals use the Leuchtturm 1917 (the normal one or the bullet journal edition) or a Moleskine Diary. I found a journal at home which looked a lot like the Moleskine- with a dotted grid, which I prefer to lines. When I am finished with this journal I want to purchase a leuchttrum 1917, because it has a built in index and page numbering system; which Moleskine lacks. Plus the Leuchttrum 1917 has much nicer cover colour ranges which suit my style more. My vital stationary includes:
I started off by making an index at the back of my book. You can start it at the front of your journal, this was just personal preference, just remember to leave a couple of pages blank so that you don't run out of index pages. Content tracking is essential, as otherwise you don't know where to find essentials like Daily spreads, goal lists and habit trackers. Next I drew up a habit tracker, also at the back of my journal. I used the dot gird as a guide for each individual block. I drew up a list of things I want to keep consistent (like my blog post dates, exercise routine and water intake.). As I complete things on the list, I just colour in the blocks, and that way I can track my progress. I can add and remove good habits every month. I added a positive quote where I had some space left, just so I could motivate myself to stay on track. I use a different colour for each day, so I can easily see what day I did what and I added the date at the top.
I then drew up a monthly overview calendar for January and added the most important events in for each day. I again used the dots as a grid. I also added a to-do list for January, in which I listed my priorities with a check block next to them, so I can tick them off once completed. I made a Goal page for this year, and there's ample space for me to add more when I think of them. When I have reached my goals I will simply cross them off. For my English curriculum this year, we are required to read at least 7 non-prescribed books (ones that actually have some substance - not just summer romance novels). I made a list of books I want to read in the future, simply by googling 'best books of 2015/2014/2013/2012" and going through synopsis and reviews. Next I made my Daily spreads, in which I write down everything I need to accomplish for the day. I also have a water tracker, so that I make sure I am getting in my 8 glasses a day; which is one of my resolutions this year. I also made a page of January memories (which I will continue every month). I find that we often have such busy lives and we forget when things happened or even that they happened at all, and I hate when I can't pinpoint a month or year to a special event, so anything fun or memorable that happens during the month I just jot down - It could be a family outing or an achievement or even just a sleepover with a friend.
I will keep you all updated, and am thinking of possibly doing a blog once a month on my bullet journal, as an insight to my monthly spreads and any improvements I have made, or any new creative stationary I have purchased to help me with my bullet journaling process.
Until the next post
-The Traveling Oyster xxx
P.S. If you have a bullet journal, post some pictures or advice in the comments below, I would love to hear how all of you do your bullet journaling system and it's always great to pick up some tips from fellow creativity seekers! :)