A few months ago, I dove in to bullet journaling. I had a work planner already, one I used religiously, but I didn’t have any way to organize my personal life. I wanted a way to keep track of events and obligations, but I also wanted a place to store reminders, lists and accomplishments. When one of my coworkers introduced bullet journaling to me – it sounded like a perfect fit.
It’s really easy to fall into a bullet journaling black hole – there are so many awesome ones out there. It seems like it’s possible to keep track of everything but in all honesty, sometimes that can burn you out a little bit. It took me a bit of trial and error before I figured out a layout that worked for me, and while it might not be the most Pinterest worthy looking bullet journal, it keeps me organized – which is the main goal.
I keep my monthly layouts simple. I number the dates and then add in events and obligations as they pop up. This lets me easily figure out when I’m free and when I’m booked, but also allows me the room I need to edit. After all, as much as I wish you could, you can’t truly plan out your entire life. Things happen! On the other side of my monthly layout, I add in a few things I like to keep track of. Lately it’s been the books I’ve read that month (I’m aiming for 52 this year) and my Instagram followers (so I can see if the work I’m doing on social media is successful or not).
My weekly layouts take me about ten minutes to fully draw up, and you can blame a few of those minutes on my left handedness. I’ll switch up the location but I have been using the same trackers all month: a daily chore chart, blog goals, Society of Excellent Women to-do’s, dinner planning and then a section for daily notes. Like I said, this is nowhere near the most creative weekly layout (you can fall into my own personal black hole in my bullet journal Pinterest board), but it helps me stay organized and on track with my life.
If you’re interested in starting a bullet journal, I’d say a simple layout is a great starting point. You can build up other lists and graphs as you go along, but the layout I use has helped me stay steady with my journaling and recording. It also keeps me from the dreaded double-booking, so that’s always a plus!
Good luck, and when you’ve got it all figured out – let me see what layouts you use! I’m always looking for inspiration.