My new foray into bullet journaling has kept me pretty busy for the last week. As you have all probably realised, I’m atrocious at updating on time. This is odd for me as I am a massive stickler for being on time. I think the last time I was late for anything was when I was still taking buses and mine didn’t turn up. So, I thought that maybe it isn’t my time keeping that is the problem but my organisation skills. Hence the journal. I am not artistically talented and so there will be no out of this world images or mind-blowing sketches. I love to be creative and draw but I know I’m not good at putting it on paper. I use my words to bring things to life, not my crayons. This is still really fun as its just for me. I still wish I could draw though.
All of the pages have been inspired, copied or are imitations of other people’s journals. I have browsed many a blog, google, and pinterest for references and ideas. For anyone that is also just starting out, these are great places to help you get started.
My journal starts with a large calendar that shows the year to come. This starts from August as I wanted to begin from the beginning of a month and that is when I will start getting ready for the final University year. I overused the colours but I enjoyed drawing it out. It’s odd how soothing measuring out sections can be. I have highlighted any bank holidays, including ones unique to where I live. I have also shown any days to remember, such as Mother’s/Father’s Day. This seemed like the logical place to start before I realised I had left off space to identify what day matches the date. This isn’t a big issue as I list it later on, but still not the best thought out page.
The second page looked like a great idea when I saw it online. I like how it looks but (for me) it doesn’t make the reading list look any more interesting. This page is split into three sections, my two modules with reading lists, and what I want to read. I have done it this way as I must work from the top of the list before I can read from the bottom. The books just aren’t what I am interested in. There are some good reads mixed in with the bad, but it is still a bit of a chore. I would love to have found a layout that makes this seem a bit less daunting. This one is as close as I could get. This might not be a relevant addition to every journal, and could in fact be replaced with films or series. I have seen some great images of people tracking which episode they are up to in the series’ they are watching. I just don’t have many to track at the minute as a lot of mine are on a break.
The third page so far is a page waiting to be filled. It has a calendar ready for when I have my final deadlines for the year. I won’t know these until I’m back in September but I wanted this page as close to the front of the book as possible. I started to try and do the title in a font similar to that of the Walking dead. I was going for the ‘Walking Deadlines’ pun, it failed, miserably. I am happy with the rest of the page, even the dodgy looking plant doodle that I have attempted. The page is fine, it’s what needs to go on it that I’m dreading.
Page four and five are a second planner. A full year with space to add a few notes. This is so I can add a reminder for things that I want to put in the journal, but I’m not at that moment yet. If that made sense. I will do week to view pages later on that will allow me to keep on top of work over a months’ time. I don’t want to be overwhelmed and so I am going to keep it down to a month only. I have to admit that even though this is a simple layout, this is my favourite so far.
The last thing I will include in this blog is the tracker page. This is another of the reasons I wanted to keep one of these journals; to track certain activities I do every day. This for me is simple, pills, teeth, health, and reading. I want to try and keep an eye on how often I am doing these things and this will allow me to do that. This page is for July even though I did’t want to start until August, as I wanted to start the tracking as son as I could. I’m not happy with how it looks and so will lay it out differently for August, but it will work.
On a side note, a lot of people have told me about washi or wasabi tape, as you can see I have bought a roll but I personally think it looks a mess. Could somebody explain why they like it so much and how they use it? I know it’s often a page boundary or to separate things, but I think it sticks out a bit too much. I might have to try a few different types to see if I get a feel for them.
Anyways folks, here is my first attempt at bullet journaling. I will try and keep you up to date with it as I go along but I’ll see how I get on. This may replace my normal period blog as I have been put on a new pill that stops my cycle. Let me know what kind of posts you are wanting, even if it’s more on reusables, journaling, crafts, or more.
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