I always feel a little bit lost in the chaos that is life. To fight this lost feeling, I surround myself with to do lists and calendars. I have a weird addiction to notebooks and journals. Maybe magically they will make my life easier. Lists get started in these pretty books, then forgotten, then I get irritated that I ruined a perfectly good notebook with 5 pages of irrelevant lists. In the end, all of the cute little notebooks end up in the trash.
But recently a new fad popped up on Pinterest. . . the Bullet Journal!
One notebook that contains ALL of your lists! Mind blowing concept here I know. I was always hesitant to try this technique because it seemed so final. What if I started a list and I didn’t like it? The whole book would be ruined. My control freak nature started to let doubts creep in.
But September 1st I jumped in full force with my Bullet Journal and I honestly figured that I would give up by now. But here we are entering October and I am still journaling every day. The most time consuming part is the weekly layouts. I do a two page spread for each week. All of the other pages are lists that you can add to each month. For example my Bullet Journal has a list of books I have read this year, a list of books I want to read, a list of chores that need done each month, passwords to online sites and my goals for the year.
I have found that writing down your goals, errands and chores for the day causes a sense of commitment and checking them off when they are completed gives me satisfaction. Commitment and satisfaction are two great motivators!
Two things that stop people from starting a Bullet Journal are perfectionism and cost!
Now some people take bullet journaling to the next level. Just search “Bullet Journal” on Pinterest and you will see beautiful, creative and artistic spreads. But I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be like that for you. You can start off simple and build on your journal as you learn new techniques. I also used to hate my handwriting, but I realized that when I slow down and concentrate, I can achieve legible (maybe not beautiful) handwriting.
Cost might be another factor for a lot of people . I started out with a $6 notebook I picked up at TJ Maxx and a pack of gel pens from Amazon for under $20. You don’t even need the colored pens if you can’t afford them starting off. Just a good pen and a will to be organized.
I highly recommend trying a Bullet Journal. Don’t wait for a new year or a new month to start! Start with a page like Daily Routines or Monthly Chores. Don’t let cost or perfectionism stop you from finally getting organized.