Have you been caught up in the Bullet Journal craze? In a nutshell, bullet journalling is all about tracking your habits, making lists, planning for the future, and writing down anything that is important to you. It is a combination of keeping a journal or diary, plus a calendar of your activities. It combines creativity, mindfulness and organization. You can read all about it here, or just go to YouTube and type in "bullet journal" and be prepared to be overwhelmed with ideas.
You can set up your bullet journal in any sort of a notebook, but one of the most popular is the Leuchtturm journal, available online and at some stationary stores. The pages of the model I chose have little dots in a grid pattern, which makes drawing lines and boxes easier.
You can keep it simple and basic, or add little stickers, drawings or other decorations to make your pages fun. It is totally up to you. Click on any of my photos to enlarge and see more detail. The photo above is my monthly overview for July. My month starts out pretty bare bones, but it will get filled in and messy by the end of the month. I do enjoy decorating a little, just for fun. I have a couple of sticker books I got at Michaels and have a good time using them if it seems appropriate. Some folks go completely nuts with the stickers etc, but I am fairly restrained. If you have any artistic talent, you can add little doodles that will give your journal so much personality.
I do weekly spreads as well, to have more room for daily lists and appointments. I fill this in as I go. If you enlarge the picture, you can see I have a couple of appointments set up, and a lot of room to jot down my daily "to do's".
This part of the monthly spread is my favorite. I can set down my goals for the month, keep track of new recipes I try, books that I am reading, tv shows we are watching etc. I find I actually do go back and look at what I have done or noted down.
One of the best parts about bullet journaling are the lists you can create. You can jot down your "I Want To Make This" ideas for new quilts, track books you have read, gifts you have given or received, work outs at the gym, a weight loss journey or savings plan--anything and everything goes. Some people track their moods, or habits such as taking their daily vitamins or how many glasses of water they drink.
I love tracking the books I have read in a given year. I am a voracious reader, and would forget half of what I have read if I didn't write it down. This is going to be a big reading year for me, just saying. I didn't quite make it to 100 books last year, but I think this year I am going to hit it. By the way, if you are interested in following along with what I read, consider following me on Goodreads. My books are listed, plus a review of one to five stars for those I have completed. FYI, I am a tough reviewer. Most books get a three star rating (meaning it was entertaining and ok for me), books I really enjoyed get four, books that blew me away get five. I rarely give one or two stars unless the book is dreadful.
So that is how I bullet journal. Do any of you enjoy this process too? If so, what sorts of things do you note in your journal?