My Bullet Journal 2018 and Why I Love It

For as long as I can remember I have been the kind of person who makes lists. FOR EVERYTHING. I used to have more notebooks than necessary, often for a variety of different things, and it made my brain feel messy. Then I discovered the Bullet Journal and everything changed. 

I can be very much a Monica when it comes to organisation (if I have to explain that reference to then I am severely disappointed in your education) but I started to see that I needed a way to bring all of my many to do lists together to optimise my brain power. 

Enter the Bullet Journal. 

I have been using this system over the last year and it has worked wonders. Well, apart from the fact you can still rely on me to be 20 minutes late to anything. 

The Bullet Journal system was created by Ryder Carroll and you can see the full detail of how to use it on his website, The main thing that I enjoy about the system is that you can adapt it to however you want to use it. Some people like to get artistic and creative, I prefer a more minimalist approach. 

How do I use the Bullet Journal?

To get started all you need is a notebook and a pen. Probably a ruler too, depends what vibe you're going for.

For 2018 I chose to purchase the actual Bullet Journal notebook, a Leuchtturm1917, from Amazon. It comes with pages set out for your index/content pages and for your future log.

I look forward to sitting down and putting it all together, all the spreads that I need with room to add more as the time arises. 

The Future Log is a place where you can set out the year ahead in any way you want to, I chose to set my 2018 over 4 pages. However, I found Pinterest to be a great place to gain inspiration and YouTube has a plethora of 'Plan With Me' videos.

Other spreads that I include in my Bullet Journal cover a lot of things that I need to keep track of, that includes my migraines, weightloss, savings, blogging stats and content ideas. Before using this system each of those would have a notebook dedicated to them and eventually I got so frustrated that I would give up on updating them.

Following everything I want to keep track of, I then begin my year by designing my own weekly spreads, where I can map out my week and everything I need to do. 

While Bullet Journals may not work for everyone, it is worth considering if you find your regular diary system just isn't working for you. 

Personally, I am so in love with my Bullet Journal. I have noticed how much more on top of my sh*t I have been and just how much more I can achieve with my time now I have everything laid out it one place!

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