My friend Amelia introduced me to the concept of the bullet journal. I will admit the first time I watched Ryder’s video on the concept I thought it was slightly complicated. I was sleepy and not really paying attention. But on her insistence that I will LOVE it, I watched it again. I was intrigued…
Then I found Boho Berry. Now I’m hooked.
I honestly don’t know how I survived without my bullet journal before this!
First things first. Watch Ryder’s video. It’s four minutes and it explains the basic concept.
The bullet journal combines all your to-do lists, day planner and journaling needs into one convenient location. Things are easy to find and reference and his system for migrating tasks into the future (or ditching them because they aren’t relevant or important anymore) is brilliant. It’s completely customizable so you can keep it simple like Ryder does in his video or you can get amazingly create like Boho Berry does. Mine is somewhere in the middle.
The Basic Layout
Here I will share with you some photos from my bullet journal. For more detailed information on how to set up your journal I recommend you visit bulletjournal.com/get-started/ The index and key are items not to be skipped! I have my key flagged so I don’t have to waste precious memory power remembering what colours/symbols mean what.
For my first run through I followed Ryder’s system pretty closely with some inspiration from Boho Berry. I decided that as much as I love being creative, that I didn’t want my bullet journal to become a time suck. I have ENOUGH of those in my life (thank you Facebook, Pinterest and Netflix).
Now I’ll share with you my monthly layout and the daily spreads. The dailies have already changed since I started bullet journaling as I’ve discovered some things that worked and some that didn’t. The grey spots are on purpose to keep the names of my family, clients and my son’s specialists/doctors private.
While I just loved the idea of the spiraldex I found it difficult to use and hard to keep track of how I was really spending my time. So after a week I adopted Boho Berry’s time tracker (which is the horizontal bar at the top). Everything is colour coded to how I spend my time.
Personally I enjoy adding the weather as well as the sunrise and sunset. It keeps me mindful of the seasons, weather patterns and what’s happening with Mother Nature outside my door.
Keeping track of my water intake (and just as a note each box is a full 500ml mason jar) has made me accountable for how much liquid I’m taking in during a day. I’ve noticed that I’m drinking less coffee in order to drink more water! How awesome is that.
The Supplies and Materials
If you are interested in starting your very own bullet journal there are tons of options out there depending on budget and how creative you’d like to get. Here is what I’m using on a regular basis:
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Thanks for reading about my bullet journal. I have lots of plans and ideas on how I will use this in my herbal business and as a part of my homestead management. If you folks are interested in seeing more and getting some tips on how to use it for your homestead or business let me know and I’ll keep blogging. But for now I will sign off and get down to studying.
In good health (and organization),