It’s been almost two months since I started my bullet journal in the hopes of getting more organized at home, so I thought I’d do a quick accountability post. Here’s how my bullet journal adventure is unfolding so far!
Overall, I really like the process of using my bullet journal. It took me a while to get the hang of it, and I’m still refining the process to make it work for me — I have a tendency to spend way too much time doodling, which isn’t a problem when you use an electronic calendar — but the benefits of using a paper method are becoming very clear.
I use my bullet journal primarily to track my habits. I experimented with a few different layouts before landing on the one I used for my April 2017 habit tracker (above). It makes it really easy to see how consistent I’m being over the course of the month.
A few of the habits I’ve chosen to track include: getting 7+ hours of sleep, walking 5K+ steps (easy to track thanks to my iPhone health app), and whether I went to the gym, posted on my blog, did groceries, or saw a friend that day. These data points may seem a bit arbitrary, but the information is helping me gain a better understanding of my moods and energy levels. I’d say the habit tracker is the most successful portion of my bullet journal at the moment.
Shopping for bullet journal supplies was fun! I’m currently using a blank notebook I had in a drawer at home, but I think I’ll be upgrading to a Leuchtturm 1917 notebook shortly — my notebook is quite chunky and doesn’t have an elastic enclosure band, which means it doesn’t travel too well.
In the meantime, I went to the craft store and bought a few pens to make journaling fun. Pictured above: Sharpie ultra fine point permanent markers in aqua, lilac, and magenta; Pigma Micron pens in sizes 05 and 08; and a Uni-Ball Vision Rollerball Pen, which was my favourite kind of pen in high school and remains my clear favourite today.
I’ve kept the key and the daily log pages pretty basic so they’re easy to understand at a glance. I use the daily log on a daily (ha) basis, but I’ve been neglecting other sections of my journal, such as the future and monthly logs.
A friend recently sent me this great resource: How to Bullet Journal: The Absolute Ultimate Guide. I want to start using every part of my journal for maximum organization, so I’ll be relying on a few of those ideas in the coming weeks. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!