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A Beginner’s Bullet Journal

Back at the beginning of the year, I set myself the goal of starting and completing a bullet journal. Seven, almost eight, months into the year and I am proud to say that I am still going strong. This is my beginner’s bullet journal.

I started a bullet journal, not because it’s the in thing, but because I wanted to become more mindful.

I’m keeping better track of the tasks that I need to do, to accomplish in each day without creating an overbearing and impossible to achieve number of lists.

I’m proud to say that I am still going strong.

I’m also logging memorable experiences, actions, scribbling down ideas and notes all in one place and in a way that makes sense to me.

It’s been incredibly interesting and engaging for me, which I wasn’t expecting. It’s made me pay more attention to my days, what I’ve been up to, what I’ve been feeling, who I’ve been spending time with and so on.

Whats next?

To further my bullet journal, I want to start writing more in there – which I know kind of defeats the bullet element – I want to journal more about my goals, aspirations and the like. I want to improve the way that I log my words, how I’m utilising my bullet journal. In order to be more mindful, I want to use my journal as a place to reflect more openly, to write down every day something that I have learnt – something you very rarely think about, but when you do you realise how the saying of “Every day is a school day” really rings true.

What would I do differently? 

This whole experience has shown some personal growth for me. I’m a perfectionist. I’m not ashamed to admit it, and I think being creative makes it a million times worse. However, when I was creating the original pages, contents etc. of my bullet journal I fu¢&ed it up. It was one of those moments – ‘I’ve got a brand new notebook here, I’ve made one mistake I want to throw it away and start again’ – I resisted, and got over it.

As I’ve progressed through seven months I’ve made many more errors, typos, putting the wrong stuff with the wrong day and so on, and I just let it go. It may seem minor, but it’s something I’m actually quite proud of.

My handwriting isn’t the neatest in the world, especially as I am scrawling down notes and ideas. I chose a notebook with no lines, just plain pages. For next years, yes I intend on continuing this way into the future, I will invest in a notebook with dots. I would strongly recommend against a lined notebook for a bullet journal. My idea is that a dotted notebook will give me an idea of where a ‘line’ could, or rather should, be.

Do you have a journal? What are your thoughts on bullet journalling? It’s amazing how much of an impact writing a few things down each day has had on me.

Tom.