I finally caved a few weeks ago and dove into the somewhat confusing world of bullet journaling. I spent a good couple of days poking around Pinterest boards learning more about the organizational style. I did just as much research trying to find the perfect, reasonably priced notebook to use before deciding on an Erin Condren dot-grid journal. I’m a sucker for a good Erin Condren journal and thought the larger style would work great for me as I fumble through my first few layouts.
While I was doing my research on bullet journaling there were a handful of layouts that really caught my eye. The main one that really persuaded me into giving this whole thing a go was a mood tracker. A whole year’s worth of moods simplified into daily boxes. At an end of a year there would be a colorful spread of the year’s moods. I had to do it. As soon as my journal arrived I quickly created the first layout, not too concerned with quality. I’m by no means going to devote a whole Instagram to my amazing spreads to have the world fawn over my artistry. I have little to no talent with pen and paper when it comes to creating anything of substance. I know over time my spreads will get better, but I really wanted to try bullet journaling just for me.
Ultimately I plan on using mine as more of a memory keeper and less of a planner so these types of tracking spreads will work perfectly. I want to track all the books I read and create a page to write down happy thoughts. After the end of every month I’ll create a memory spread while working on doodles and hand lettering.
I’m definitely just getting into the world of bullet journaling, but so far it’s been a relaxing, creative journey. There is tons of room for personalization and creating a system of organization that works on a much more personal level than most planners. Sure it’s a little daunting to stare at a blank page and try to decide what to make of it, but that’s what makes it fun too.