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Bullet Journals

I’m new to this but I thought I would share some of my experiences with you. First, I’m an advocate for keeping a journal both for writing and organizing. I know most of us keep our journals on our tablets or phones. Why? It’s convenient. It’s there all the time. But what about keeping it in an actual journal? Do people use pen and paper anymore?

I do. I’m all for using pens, crayons, colored pencils, and paint to write out things that are important. Studies show you retain more information if you write it out on paper. You retain more and if you are a student studying for a test, you’ll get a higher score because you remember the information.

So, what does this have to do with bullet journals? What is it and why should I care? You’re probably thinking this. Well, it’s simple. Bullets are on a page and you write symbols paired with short-form sentences to organize your day into tasks, notes, logs, events and more.

Example stickers you can use to create your bullet journal

Let’s say that you are focusing on a daily task. You can add a to do list or a shopping list. You can add images or anything else you feel is necessary. Let’s say you want to record a birthday, there’s a place for that. You don’t have to use these stickers. Let your artistic side come out and draw them. Or, you can print out an image if you prefer. The sky is the limit.

I’ve seen a lot of really interesting examples of weekly journals. Some look cluttered and chaotic. Some look artistic and colorful. Here are a couple examples.

As you can see, they added a weekend schedule. If you look you can see quotes, images, to do lists, inspirational messages, and even a business card for remembering. It sort of reminds me of a scrapbook. It’s so fun and you can be creative in any way you want.

Weekly

Here is another example I found and it shows a weekly schedule. It’s fun to see what people come up with and how they use their bullet journals. There are so many things you can do. I have a water tracker, a book tracker, and so much more.

Last night, I went to a program put on by the university I attend. The housing office gave us these cute working journals and provided us with stickers and materials to do this. I’ve been wanting to get into it and now I have. Here is an example of me playing around with a weekly journal. It’s simplistic but I’m new to this and wanted to see what I could do with a limited sheet of stickers.

My first bullet journal page

As you can see, it is blank and ready to write in. I have school events, assignments, and work duties that I’ll be writing into this. I’ll make it my own and really see how it can help me. I’ll be adding a key to correspond with my tasks. I thought this was fun to do and gave me a break from the busy schedule I’ve had.

So, there you have it. Bullet journals are fun and easy. They give you a sense of organization and you have fun doing it.

Tell me, do you have a bullet journal? What makes it easy for you?

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