So, brief note before I officially begin this post: I’ve decided to do this new ‘series’ thing called My Favourite Things (or MFT for short) where I talk about things that I really really love. It’s an idea I’ve had for a little while, I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago that I had “some ideas” but didn’t mention exactly what they were, so this is one of them! Er, I hope that you enjoy this I guess? So, on with the post!
One of my favourite things is something I’ve been doing for 5 months now: Bullet Journalling. It’s an organisational system designed by someone called Ryder Carroll which is really great because not only does it help to organise your life, but it’s also really flexible and can easily be adapted to your personal wants and needs.
At it’s core, Bullet Journalling is a really simple system that’s really easy to start. All you need is a notebook and a pen. Lots of Bullet Journallers go for a dotted notebook because that’s the type of notebook that Ryder Carroll used, but any notebook can be used.
I’m not going to try and explain how Bullet Journalling works because, like I said, it’s a really flexible system so the system I use isn’t exactly the same as the original one so I’ll probably say something wrong, but instead I’ll direct you to the official Bullet Journal YouTube channel, where there is a video made by Ryder clearly explaining everything, and the official Bullet Journal website, where there is a written out version of the video and much, much more. If you want a simple description of it there’s also a really good video by a channel called How to ADHD – this video is mainly dedicated towards how this system is helpful for organising your life if you have ADHD, but also she explains the system very well and in a simple way.
Now as I said a couple of paragraphs ago, the Bullet Journal system is great because at it’s core it’s so simple and easy. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be developed on, and it certainly has been. On the website linked above there are lots of articles about different methods and add-ons to the system that people have made, but also if you type “Bullet Journals” into any social media or even just google you can find hundreds of different ideas of different things you can add on to this system. The most popular ones I can think of are the habit tracker and a year in pixels (of which there are currently many photos of all over social media, it being close to the start of the year and all). It’s really adaptable and so easy to change to suit your personal needs.
Now if you have happened to search Bullet Journal on social medias or google, then you’ve probably seen some gobsmacking images of beautiful spreads and fantastically decorated journals that can, to be honest, be quite intimidating. However, this is really not necessary! If you do watch Ryders original video (which I highly highly recommend doing if you’re considering starting a Bullet Journal of your own) you can see that he has none of those fancy decorations or watercolours or drawings or whatever. Lots of people make absolutely beautiful spreads and stuff because that’s the system that works for them and inspires them to fill it out every day, but if that’s not necessary for you or you don’t have the time then don’t worry about it. I certainly don’t do that – simply because I’m not good at art to be honest though.
That being said, I do love watching what are called “Plan With Me”‘s on YouTube (my guilty pleasure hehe), and I’d like to recommend to you some of my favourite people to watch. So, here we go.
AmandaRachLee – makes really beautiful spreads ohmigosh they’re so pretty. She keeps her system quite simple in the actual function of it but she does quite a lot of pretty decoration.
Caitlin’s Corner – also makes really pretty spreads, but also really practical and useful stuff. She also does good student bullet journaling spreads if that’s what you’re looking for.
BohoBerry – I’ve only recently got back into watching this channel, but I used to watch her quite a lot back in July/August time. She does lots of stuff all about Bullet Journals, not just plan with me’s, although I’ve not watched them. If you’re interested in starting a Bullet Journal yourself she also has a series called “Bullet Journal 101” which explains a lot of stuff that you might be unsure about.
Sunshine & Stationery – makes lots of stuff to do with all sort of journaling and planning, I’ve only ever watched her bullet journal videos but I’ve had lots of different videos recommended to me, such as junk journaling and about learning different languages. However, I will say her videos are quite long. I tend to watch them at the start of each month while setting up my own Bullet Journal and just have it on in the background.
MyLifeinaBullet – I feel as though I’m just saying the same thing about all of these channels, but again creates really nice-looking spreads and stuff.
Those are the ones I tend to watch, but there are hundreds others out there. I feel as though I need to give ‘honourable mentions’ to the channels roar, Seventeen and BuzzFeed Nifty, who I watched quite a few videos of each while falling down the YouTube rabbit hole of plan with me’s researching this post. Oops.
So now, I know I have already expressed my opinion that I like this system multiple times all ready, but I’d like to talk about why I like it. I have always been a fan of organising and lists and trying to obsessively plan everything/my life – lots of people who know me will tell you that – but I’ve never found a system that works for me until now (I’ve managed to keep this up for 5 months now, it’s a new record!). I think what keeps me going with this is that when I want to make a list, I can just make it and it doesn’t have to go in a certain page I can just turn to the next one. That’s always been what’s held me back in the past from systems – wanting to make lists but not knowing what category to put it in and not wanting to mess up. Also what keeps me going with it is the fact that I have to fill it in every day (or every couple of days if I’m being lazy) as I have a habit tracker that I have to fill in or I forget what I did and I didn’t do. I forgot to fill my Bullet Journal in for about two weeks at the end of September (the month that I started) and now there’s an ugly gap in my habit tracker that I dislike SO MUCH so I’m determined that that’s not going to happen again.
Anyway, that is all for this post! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it, if you have please let me know because I’d love the feedback and want to know if you’d like this ‘series’ to continue! I have a few more ideas of things that I really love and would like to write about, so if you do want this ‘series’ (I keep saying series but putting it in apostrophes because I don’t know if it really counts as one but don’t know what else to call it) to continue let me know and it will! You can easily contact me through the comments anywhere on this site or via our Instagram, @writeaweek. Anyway, if you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading,