Trying out Bullet Journaling

I have always been a fan of organisation, ie: planning things and writing lists such as To Dos, Pros & Cons, shopping list… You name it, I list it. I tried going paperless for a while and using my phone as my planner / diaries / list collection device, but I prefer a pen and paper. I always found that diaries didn’t work that well for me. I found them too linear and restrictive. My mind is not linear and neither should my planner be… enter the Bullet Journal.

I came across the Bullet Journal a few months ago. The creator of the Bullet Journal and its concept is Ryder Carrol. He describes it as “An analogue system to track the past, organise the present and plan for the future.” (How To Bullet Journal). Ryder goes into more detail about how he came up with this concept and how he uses it, in his Ted Talk: How to Lead an Intentional Life.

The Bullet Journal appealed to me because it felt more fluid and forgiving. Forgiving in the way that you can move things around. such as events and tasks. You set it up yourself which means that it is completely customisable: you can make it as minimalistic or elaborate as you like. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary…. and in most cases, it becomes all of them.

The main parts of a Bullet Journal are the ‘Bullets’ – they will help organise your entries into three categories:

  • Tasks (‘•’)
    Tasks can be Migrated (‘>’) or Completed (‘x’)
  • Events (‘º’)
  • Notes (‘-‘)

This will all make sense once you do some more research about the Bullet Journal and start using it.

After learning how the Bullet Journal works, (check out Ryder Caroll’s website for more details) I was looking for some examples and inspiration and came across a bunch of Instagram pages and Youtube channels dedicated to Bullet Journaling and illustrations.

Here are some of my favourite Bullet Journalists and inspiration pages:

AmandaRachLee – @amandarachdoodles

Kara – @boho.berry

Bullet Journal – @bulletjournal 

So, without further ado here are my August set ups:

Monthly Cover page:

Habit Trackers:

I thought this was an interesting idea to tracker my habits and goals for the moment, such as doing my required 10,000 steps per day or drinking 1litre + per day, etc.

Month at a Glance:

I like to see my entire month at once, so decided to create this calendar spread.

Weekly & Daily Spread:

So, lets see how I go with my first full month in the Bullet Journal. I am looking forward to it 🙂

Materials used:

  • Notebook – Moleskine Dot Grid (A5)
  • Pens:
    • COPIC Multiliner 0.3 (black)
    • COPIC Multiliner 0.5 (black)
    • ARTLINER Drawing System 0.3 (black)
    • Tombow Dual Brush Pen (N95)
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Pencil
First month of Bullet Journaling.


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