New Year and a new journal

Happy New Year Everyone!  🙂

Today I want to talk about Bullet Journalling! For anyone who’s confused – it’s a structured format to effectively utilise your notebooks which replace the traditional diary/planners. You can read more about bullet journalling and the man behind it all here.

The first thing I discovered when I started this blog is organisation is hard! I had sticky notes with schedules, notebooks filled with ideas and so many to do lists. So I started googling – what is the best organisational method for bloggers or creators. I came across a few apps, but I’m a traditionalist and like my pen and paper too much. Eventually, bullet journalling came up – now I have know about the idea for a while, but I assumed that it was for the super creative people, the ones who can draw. Every image I had seen was stunning, but beyond my skill level. What I discovered was that the bullet journal is what you want to make it –whether it’s a sketch pad or somewhere for your shopping lists. And this is when I fell in love!

I bought the Leuchtturm1917 dotted A5 Journal which can be found through most online retailers. If you’re in New Zealand, you can grab it here.

As this was my first journal I turned to a few other blogs, pinterest and the bullet journal website. I was most inspired by what Lily Pebbles did with her journal– I liked that it was simple and clear – mostly that there was the flexibility for more creativity  when you have the time but also I could just write a to do list.

I’m still learning the ropes, predominantly the key – the original bullet journal has specific notation for tasks, events etc. and I’m just not sure yet what will work for me. My plan is to learn and adapt to how I use it in the coming weeks. Surprisingly, I really liked the index feature and I can see how useful that will get by the end of the year.

So far in the journal I’ve added a future log, content calendar and monthly log. I adapted my monthly log to include going to the gym and within January I’ve got a list for books that I’ve read.

How do you plan to organise in 2018?