Hello Lovelies! I’ve been teasing this bullet journal post for a while now, huh? Well, the day has finally arrived and I’m so excited to share a look inside my bullet journal with you!
>> Update! I just wrote a follow-up post to this one here… Go check it out when you’re done ;)
First things first, if you haven’t ever heard of a bullet journal, you should check out the video below to get a general idea of how the system works:
Ok, so you get the general idea, right? Yay!
Now, if you know me at all you will know that I am a sucker for pretty things. So, when it came time to start my own bullet journal, I wanted it to be more than just a black and white list of tasks & events. I wanted my bullet journal to be a place where I could doodle, plan, and journal to my heart’s content.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
HOW I BULLET JOURNAL:
1. THE NOTEBOOK:
When I first decided that I wanted to start my own bullet journal, I went out and bought a pretty pretty notebook from my local office supply store.
While I knew that I wanted to have grid paper for doodling, I also wanted a notebook that was pretty on the outside. Unfortunately, there was no such combination there and I ended up going with a pretty pink notebook with regular old lined paper.
After about a week with my pink notebook, I got really frustrated with my system. I realized that I REALLY wanted grid paper to keep everything looking nice and neat. Also, the paper itself was not the best quality, so if I used anything other than a regular ball-point pen, it would bleed through the paper. That just wasn’t going to work for me.
After doing some extensive research online, I found the solution to my problem on Amazon. Enter the *Leuchtturm1917 notebook. This notebook has it all! Here’s some specs for you:
- Dot Grid, acid-free, bleed-proof paper
- Hardcover (comes in pretty colors!)
- Elastic band closure
- Two color-coordinated page markers
- A back pocket for storing receipts, etc.
- 249 pre-numbered pages
- A table of contents/index section at the beginning
At $18, this definitely wasn’t the cheapest option out there, but let me tell you — I could not be happier with this notebook! I’m now able to use any pen or marker of my choice without worrying about bleed-through. Plus, with the pre-numbered pages I don’t have to go through the daunting task of numbering the whole notebook.
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2. THE SETUP:
For my bullet journal, I chose to use the standard task and event markers. Here’s how I set up the first few pages in my notebook:
One thing that I absolutely love about the bullet journal system is how flexible it is. I’m never stuck with any single layout design. I can also dedicate as much (or as little) space as I want to any single day. Here are some examples of my daily layouts:
3. DAILY USE:
In addition to being my planner and task tracker, I also keep track of lists in my bullet journal. I love to keep a running list of future goals, books I want to read, and any notes I take all in one tidy place.
That is where the magic really happens with the bullet journal. Whatever it is that you want to write down, just turn to the next blank page and get to writing. Then you just index that new page at the beginning and you are good to go!
4. JOURNALING WITH MINDFULNESS & GRATITUDE:
Probably my favorite part about the bullet journal system is that it allows me to journal and doodle to my heart’s content. There are no space restrictions here and I love that!
I love filling my journal up with inspirational quotes, fun doodles, and expressions of gratitude! I love how each new blank page is a way for me to express myself in a new and different way.
Even better, I love looking back through my journal and getting an awesome reminder of the things I have done and what I have to be grateful for.
So there you have it! I’m looking forward to filling up the pages of my first bullet journal and I will definitely keep you updated with my progress and any changes that I make. I’m even thinking about doing a Bullet Journal video for you to walk you through my whole journal once I have a few months in the bag.
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