Midway through 2016 I decided that my Shinola of Detroit planner just wasn't going to cut it as my daily Bullet Journal (BuJo). It was a sad day because I had such high hopes for it but in the end the set up just didn't make sense and I didn't end up using it as much as I liked.
I also have issues with having things to be perfect and seeing all these really beautiful Bullet Journal set ups on Instagram was inspiring but not realistic for me. I was the type of student that re-wrote all my notes when I got home and mistakes and things not being in line drives me nuts.
The Leuchtturm1917 journal is quiet an investment and I needed to make sure that it was something I was going to actually use. I ended up using a $6 Barnes and Nobles Piccadilly Lined journal just to see if I should make the investment. The test was a success. I used up the whole journal in about 5 months. I did liked using the Piccadilly journal but it was lined and just a tad too small for some of the pages that I want in my "ideal" Bullet Journal. So in January of this year I got myself the Leuchtturm1917 Hardcover A5 dotted in Pink.
Weekly Set Up
This is my 3rd month into the journal and I was really good in February but I was in Indonesia for part of March so that month calendar is pretty empty since I have a travel journal. For April I am sticking to the weekly set up that worked really well for what I need. My daily logging and weekly events varies each week and I found that if I try to create boxes for the day it just waste too much space. I found that this set up where I have my week overview and appointments/events on the left hand side and daily rapid logging down the center works best. On the right side I also have my list of To-Dos that in the traditional Bullet Journal would be it's own page but I don't find that necessary. This set up also allows me to basically reduce my weekly set up to 8 pages.
This weekly set up was inspired by @bujo.auslife
This is a closer look of what the daily rapid logging would look like. This one is from February and each day when there's space I do log my breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Additional BuJo Inspirations
I use my Bullet Journal for pretty much everything in my life including blogging. I haven't been the most organized since I have about 57 drafts according to blogger so I'm trying here y'all. I've tried many content tracker but this one seems to work the best for me.
Things I need to keep track of:
- P- Photos
- T- Text (if I wrote the post)
- L- Links
- S- Schedule (if I've scheduled it or post it right away)
- I- Instagram (since it's the only social media I use)
I love what Lily Pebbles did with hers and on her new one she actually combined her Blog & YouTube tracker which I thought was awesome.
Lily Pebbles Link- Bullet Journal: What & How?! (12:53 mark)
References/Projects/Context Pages - Jenn Rogers
Jenn Rogers made these pages on her Bullet Journal which I'm sure a lot of people have on their set ups but I really liked the way she labeled/titled and keep track of the pages.
I've been using it mostly for lists and notes. For example, I have one for My Makeup Shades, Books TBR, Beauty Products Wish List, etc
I also use it for when I do product or book reviews or go to conferences and jot down notes. It's also good for long term projects.
One of the tricks I've learned is if you start a reference page on pg. 5 and then it'll continue on pg. 120, Jenn basically marks it on the pages so you don't have to go to the index and look it up if you are working on something which I thought was pretty nifty.
Jenn Rogers Links- My Bullet Journal and My Bullet Journal Updates
BuJo Instagram Accounts:
- Zebra Highlighters Midliner (amazon) is a great dual-ended highlighter. I don't know why we don't have any fun highlighter options here in America. If you've seen grey highlighters on Instagram, Zebra makes them as well but the grey comes in a different pack and I wasn't a fan of the other colors. I got mine from seller - 100 Ways Ship From Japan on Amazon. I placed the order on February 15th it shipped a few days later but I just got it March 30th so if it's being shipped from Japan expect 6-8 weeks delivery time.
- Pilot G-Tec-C 0.4mm (amazon) is my favorite pen of all time. I use it in college, I use it at work it's my go to pen for everything. Most of my pens are black but for my Bullet Journal since I don't decorate it having a few color options would be fun.
- MUJI multi-color Ballpoint pen I got it in the store but you can buy it online. I have the older versionwhich can hold 3 pen refills. They now have a 3 colors + mechanical pencil which I will get the next time I'm in store. MUJI also carries a 6 Color Ballpoint Pen. You buy the transparent pen case for I believe $5 and the refills are $1 each. The ink color availability online is not that great. In store there's a lot more colors & different nib sizes.
- Pilot Frixion Retractable Eraseable Gel Pens is a new favorite. I found out about it from my friend Saudia. I know it's been around in Indonesia for awhile but I didn't realized it was available in the U.S. It does work well but I've learned that if you erase the same spot a few times it does become patchy. The only problem I have with this pen is it's a 0.7mm and next time I will probably get the 0.5mm nib.
- Ruler from Daiso that I picked up in Indonesia. I like that it's transparent and it's about the length of the journal which is nice when I'm making straight lines.
- Scotch Expression Washi Tapes are the best washi tapes I've used. They actually stick to pages or walls or whatever surface you are trying to tape AND it actually lifts off clearly if I've made a mistake on the page. They are a little pricey compares to other washi tapes (stop buying the $1 ones) but you get a lot more and much better quality. They are available at Staples and Office Max/Depot.
- Sakura Gelly Roll pens are just an all-around fun pens to have but these metallic ones are amazing. I like that they don't transfer so they work really well on coloring books as well.
If you have a Bullet Journal Instagram account or writes about your experience or tips with Bullet Journal do let me know below. I love getting new inspirations. As always, thanks for reading!
Until next time,
Until next time,