Let me start by saying I’m not usually a trend follower. I don’t feel like I have the time or energy to keep up with every trend that comes along. I will eventually get around to watching that super popular HBO show everyone is talking about. However, it may not happen for a couple months or even a couple years.
That being said, as soon as I laid my eyes on pictures of bullet journal spreads, I was sold. For those of you who don’t know, bulletjournal.com says a “Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above.”
I immediately started in a cheap notebook with one pen. Then, maybe a week later, I hit Amazon and bought EVERYTHING. I bought washi tape, fineliners, multiple kinds of pens, stickers, rulers, and of course, a jet black Moleskine that would serve as my magic tool for all things organization.
When it all arrived, I set everything out and just sat there staring at it. So many questions ran through my mind. How do I start? What if I mess up? What if my bullet journal isn’t as pretty as all the pictures I’d seen in the half dozen Facebook groups I joined? So, I put everything away and promised to come at it again over the weekend when I had time to accurately plan the future of my bullet journal. When the weekend rolled around, I came up with a system I thought was great. It didn’t look nearly as good as the pictures on Facebook, but it did help me get my life a little more organized.
Then, out of no where, I suddenly forgot all about my journal. I stopped tracking things and my life got messy. Somehow, I just couldn’t work this bullet journal thing into my daily life. I couldn’t spread out all my bujo items out on my desk at work. I didn’t really have a place, other than the kitchen table, to journal at home. On top of space issues, I didn’t have the time to draw out all these spreads and layouts in order to track things. So it fell by the wayside and my life did suffer. Everything felt messier than it had been with the bullet journal, so I knew I needed to come up with a way to make the system work for me.
At work, the program we use the most is Microsoft Excel. We track just about everything using various spreadsheets with varying levels of difficulty. One day, I started tinkering with a spread sheet and came up with a spread that would make anyone excited to jump into bullet journaling. It took far less time to come up with a design and color scheme than it took me to plan, draw, and perfect a page on paper.
I posted the picture above onto one of the many bujo groups I joined on Facebook on a Friday afternoon and it BLEW UP! By the time I got back to work on Monday, the post had over 1.2K likes! Along with countless messages, there were over 400 comments from people asking if I would share with them. Needless to say, I was excited. I had stumbled on something I was good at that also helped me stay organized in a way that fitted my life. Other people also enjoying my work was just icing on the cake.
What started as simple tinkering has changed my life drastically. Since I started, I’ve continued playing with different layouts and styles. I include fun colors and fonts which makes up for not being able to doodle and draw in my journal.
Thus far, all my spreads have remained completely digital. I save them in dropbox where I am able to access them at work and at home. I fill them out on the computer and keep them there. In the near future, I would love to start designing my layouts in Excel and then print them out and keep them in a binder to carry with me. One thing’s for sure, since I now know just how easy it is to make layouts digitally, I will NEVER fiddle with a pen and ruler again!
Do you keep a bullet journal? How do you make the most of your planner? Drop a comment below and let’s chat!
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