This past Sunday, I set up my bullet journal. My sister, Brittan set one up the day before and two of my favorite YouTubers recently mentioned that they are also doing bullet journals. Last semester, my roommate tried to do one, but it didn’t work for her. Now that I am out of school, I no longer have a school planner, so I thought I’d look into it.
I read almost ten blog posts including the official bullet journal website before setting mine up. To be quite honest, I did not like the official bullet journal set up. I had trouble understanding how to set up the journal and the whole thing seemed pretentious and not in a good way. My favorite blog post that really helped me figure out how to set up my journal was a post on The Lazy Genius Collective. I based most of my set up off of that blog post. The author explains their set up really well and shows great pictures. Also, I love their signifiers, so I adopted those too.
As of now, I have been using my bullet journal for three days and I am in love. Googling “bullet journal” pulls up all of these really fancy, well-decorated journals. The main takeaway I got from the Lazy Genius Collective post was that simpler is better, at least at first. The author stressed that trying to keep up a fancy bullet journal isn’t for everyone and it is important to remember that as long as your bullet journal works for you then it is a good journal. It doesn’t matter how fancy your journal is. That’s why my journal is in simple black pen. The journal itself is a random free journal with an elastic that I found in my house. The lines are too wide and the pages are kinda weird, but it works for a starter journal. I am using it to get the hang of bullet journaling.
When I was in school, I used my school planner in much the same way I now use my bullet journal. That is why I’m loving my bullet journal so much. It’s also good for extra notes that you need to take on things: shopping lists, meeting notes, anything. The bullet journal is so versatile that I can use it for anything and I can modify the system to suit me the best way possible. I am super happy with it. If you guys think this sounds good for you let me know. We can be journal buddies!
I’m excited to keep using my journal throughout the year and see how I keep up with it. Maybe I’ll do another blog post about it in the future.
Talk to you next week!