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How I Use My Bullet Journal – Spring 2016 Update

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_logo_spring_updateIn December, I posted about my switch to a bullet journal and the stats to this little blog went through the roof thanks to that one post. There are a lot of you that are switching to a bujo (bullet journal’s nickname) or are just curious about how others set up theirs. I know I am! I love scrolling though IG and seeing all your pages! They inspire me. πŸ™‚

I thought I would do an updated post since I started a new notebook for 2016. I was going toΒ  use the same one since it wasn’t finished but I couldn’t resist a fresh start with a new year.

Before I dive into sharing my set up, please keep a few things in mind.

Stop Apologizing

It’s okay not to decorate. I don’t know how many times I have heard “I want to use a bullet journal but I am not creative” or “I use a bullet journal but it is very plain.” Stop apologizing for that! It’s fine! Plain can be beautiful. The original bullet journal is not decorated at all. I consider mine more of a bujo hybrid – taking the main aspects of a bullet journal and creatively making it my own. The main thing to consider – is it functional?? If you are stressing out over how to decorate it, then DON’T. Keep it simple!!

If It Depresses You, Look Away

Along that same line, if looking at all the artistic bullet journals on Pinterest is depressing you because you can’t draw a straight line, let alone a stick figure, then stop looking! It’s like a couple years back when I was browsing through some mom blogs and it was depressing because these moms looked like models, their saintly kids in hand stitched clothes (who didn’t know what dirt was) were gleefully helping mom in their garden so she could whip up an organic meal after homeschooling them all. Meanwhile I was sitting in front of the computer with sweats and a stained shirt, a garden of dead plants, crayon marks on the walls, pants that were hemmed with iron-on tape, pizza guy on speed dial and my kid just walked by and wiped his runny nose on my pant like I was a human tissue. I finally had to step away from those blogs and accept the fact that wasn’t me.

Eventually, I got my act a little more together and improved in many areas (even if I still can’t sew) and I’ve accepted that I have my weaknesses but I also have my talents too. I stillΒ  drool over some of the artwork and hand lettering I see on IG but I don’t despair. Instead, I get inspired. I do what I know, practice what I don’t and keep moving forward. So if looking at all the pretty depresses you, stop looking.

RevolutionofLove.com - Word of 2016: Balanced // goals_jan_feb_2016BIt’s More than Pens and Washi

And on the opposite end, if drawing or decorating come easy to you, go for it! Just make sure you are using the journal and not just wasting all your time making it pretty. (She said to herself.) πŸ˜‰

You’re Gonna Mess Up

Your bullet journal will never be “perfect.” It is like nails on a chalkboard to me, but I have to accept that I mess up. My journal has mistakes. Or I wish I arranged it a little differently. But I’ll live and it still works.

Brainstorm First

If you are starting a new journal (or even a new month), I recommend sitting down and brain storming about what you’d like to have in your planner. Will you have lists? Trackers? Goals? Logs? Then decide how you’d like to arrange the pages – lists first? Or at the end? Or just add them as you go long?Β  Get a general idea but don’t overthink it. Next just jump in and give it a try. You will learn what works great and what was a waste of time. The next month, adjust accordingly.

So in a nutshell:

Brainstorm first. Start simple. Learn as you go. Accept your abilities. Embrace imperfection.Have fun getting things done.

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Okay, now for the tour.

I started a new book in January. I use a Leuchtturm 1917, which already has an index and numbered pages.

Opening Overview

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_index_marchIndex/ Table of Contents

RevolutionofLove.com - How I Use My Bullet Journal (planner_bujo_2)Legend / Key

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_six_month_mar6 Month Overview

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_goals_2_march2 Month Interval

I break my yearly goals into smaller bi-monthly goals. So for March/April I decide what I wanted to work on and what projects I wanted to get done. That info is kept in this section.

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_proj_1_marchOne of my March projects.

Monthly Section

bujo_jan_febMonth cover pages for January and February. This is where I get to practice new designs. It’s not exactly what I had in my head but it’ll do.

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_title_marchI was actually pleased with this one. I feel like my doodling is slowly getting better.

Monthly Challenges – In this section I add the challenges I want to participate in.

RevolutionofLove.com - bujo_doodles_janIn January I did the #ptldoodle challenge. I skipped it in February but am doing it again in March.

bujo_incowrimoIn February I did the #InCoWriMo Letter Writing Challenge

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_challenge_march2Some of the monthly challenges I’m doing in March – #planwithmechallenge, #rockyourhandwriting, #listersgottalist and #holylens. Sometimes I’ll skip days or I’ll do 4 days at once to catch up but it is still a fun activity.

 

Monthly Trackers

bujo_jan_trackerJanuary Goal Tracker

In January, I made a cute tracker will color codes. It was fun at first but it got too complicated to implement it each night.Β  In February I skipped it all together. But I missed being able to look back and see how I progressed.

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_goals_marchI brought it back in March but did a modified version without the color codes and all the drawn lines. It’s less pretty but pretty is useless if it doesn’t work. This way, in less than a minute, I can review and mark it off at night. Although, I think next month I’ll just put an X instead of coloring in the box.

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_fitbit_marchFitbit Tracker

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_blog_marchBlogging Tracker

I write upcoming posts in pencil and once it is posted, I write the post in pen.

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_gratitude_febGratitude Log for January

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_gratitude_marchGratitude Log for March

No matter how tough a day I am having, I write down two things I am especially thankful for that day. It helps me stay positive and grateful for my blessings.

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_spend_log_marSpending Log

Current Month Calendar and Dailies

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_month_marchI don’t like the vertical monthly list normally used in a bullet journal. My eyes and brain need to see a traditional monthly calendar to process quickly so I improvised.

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_week_marchMy New Weekly Layout

I tried a new layout I for the first time this week. It is a weekly spread. I wanted an overview to see what my weekly appointments looked like. I added my menu, prayer intentions, blog ideas to work on and a section for my weekly brain dump. If I find that I need more room for the brain dump, I’ll delete the blog section next time.

bujo_braindumpOn Sunday evenings I usually do a weekly brain dump. I jot down everything that has been floating around in my head. Once that is done I go over the list and assign specific days to do that item. Some tasks don’t need to be done on a specific day so I add an arrow and fit them in on days when I have a little more free time to tackle them.

Sample Dailies

bujo_memory_2WMy daily sheets are fairly simple but it works well for me. I have my tasks on top. Schedule to the right. Sometimes I’ll take a full page for a day. Sometimes I will fit two days.

bujo_page_3WWhen I’ve been sick, haven’t been able to journal or for the weekend, I’ll often just lump the days together and make note of anything important.

bujo_memory_2Since the weekends are mostly for family time I’ll sometimes record memories or funny things the kids say.

bujo_memory_1WjpgOr I’ll add the memory to the bottom of my daily page.

Future Planning

RevolutionofLove.com - How I Use My Bullet Journal // planner_bujo_15The one thing I missed about a traditional planner was having calendars of the entire year to keep track of future events and appointments. To make up for this, I made simple calendars that I cut out and washi taped to the last pages of my BuJo. As the months pass I can remove the paper calendar easily with the washi and still use the blank page for writing.

If you’d like to print out a PDF copy of the calendar, I placed them in a file on Google Drive. Enjoy.

2016 Master Bujo

Another thing I set up differently this month is that I decided to keep a separate bujo for year long lists and logs. It is my 2016 Master Bujo. In it I keep master lists such as these.

RevolutionofLove.com - How I Use My Bullet Journal (goals_nov_dec_1)2016 Yearly Goals

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update /bujo_book_idea_marBooks to Read

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_book_log_marLog of Books I Read

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_movie_list_marMovies to Watch

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_movie_log_marLog of Movies Watched (I will go back and rate the movies with stars.)

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_tv_marchTV Shows to Check-out

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update //bujo_words_1Words to Ponder (Favorite Quotes)

RevolutionofLove.com - The Joy of Letter Writing - pen_pal_listPen Pal Info

bujo_master_blogA master blog list with all my posts of 2016.

I also have a section with important notes/ info that I will need later that I want in a central location. There are more lists coming (including medical stuff, car maintenance, local places to visit) but this is what I have so far.

RevolutionofLove.com - Bullet Journal Spring Update /bujo_collage_spring_review

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For more inspiration and ideas about bullet journaling, check out Tina’s Bullet Journal Pals page. She also does monthly list of bullet journal related links. Here is the Feb 2016 List.

I also started a separate IG account for bullet journaling, monthly challenges, snail mail, etc. Find me @bobbis_bujo.

Next week (or the week after, depending on life) I’ll do a follow up post about my favorite bullet journal accessories – pens, pen holders, washi, tabs for dividing sections, etc.

How about you? Do you use a bullet journal? What is your favorite layout or list? Or your best piece of bullet journaling advice? Do share. πŸ™‚

RevolutionofLove.com - Making A Reading Bullet Journal - reading_journal_1

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE – Since I’ve been reading so much lately, I started a separate Reading Journal.

To read other planner posts, visit here.

Blessings to you!

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19 Comments

  • buckleyjen2010 says:

    Bobbi, this is super cool! And very impressive. I certainly don’t feel inadequate, more motivated. I have been using my S Note on my phone and had never heard of this. I am heading out to get one. And cards for your inspiring letter writing challenge.

    • bobbi says:

      I love it! I’m so glad to give you a little inspiration. What it funny is that I just realized you are the Jen from Graceful Living. I was just reading your blog this morn and went to Target and found a couple of inexpensive items to decorate our home for Easter. So thanks to you for inspiring me! πŸ™‚

  • Stacey says:

    I think I just fell in love with your BuJo, and suddenly I’m seeing where some of the “holes” are in mine. Thank you so much for this.

    • bobbi says:

      Thanks, Stacey. This is exactly how I felt when I was looking at other bujos for inspiration. I love how the community shares and inspires each other. πŸ™‚

  • bwfarmhouse says:

    I LOVE your bullet journal! I already do something similar but would love it in a nice hardbound book. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • jennifer says:

    I love your layouts! I had a quick question, what are the colored tabs on the sides of the pages for?

    • bobbi says:

      Thanks, Jennifer! I have to keep things a little exciting or I get bored. LOL. The tabs are color codes for the month. It makes it easier for me to find different sections on my bujo. I’m working on a Q&A bujo post and that is one of the questions I’ll answer more fully and with photos. πŸ™‚

  • gasenadi says:

    Truly inspiring! I just followed you on instagram and look forward to the Q&A post. (I wanted to start a separate IG acct for my bujo, but apparently don’t have that “Add accounts” option on my IG)

    • bobbi says:

      I am glad you found the bullet journal post inspiring! I had a lot of fun putting it together. I hope you were able to set up your IG account for your bujo. I’d love to see it. πŸ™‚

  • Paige says:

    I had an idea: for your month goal tracker you could use a different color pen each day so that it would still be pretty but easy to implement. πŸ™‚

    • bobbi says:

      Hi Paige! I am super late in replying to this comment but I wanted to tell you that I loved your different color pen idea and am using it. Thanks so much. πŸ™‚

  • Karen says:

    I find this very inspirational! I found your first post about when you switched to bullet journaling, by way of Pinterest, and now after reading your posts, I have a better grasp of just what bullet journaling is all about. I love the idea of having everything in one place! I find I have a book for this and a book for that, lists here and there… I can’t wait to brainstorm how I want to do one too. Thank you!

    • bobbi says:

      Hi Karen, this response is really late but thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment. I hope you were able to find a bullet journal style that works for you. I’ve been using it for 7 months now and each month it changes just a little bit to make it better. It’s nice that it can evolve as our needs change. πŸ™‚

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  • Yoly V says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the calendars!! I’m just starting out my bujo journey and yes, there are sooooo many beautiful pictures of other people’s journals and OMG – I want to try everything but reading your entry about keeping it simple but not that simple is such a breath of fresh air.

  • I do the totally plain, out of the box, one color pen bullet journal with no illustrations. I love it.

    But the pretty arty ones are very nice and I enjoy seeing what people do with them.

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