NOT FEMME FRIDAY: Bulletjournals have nothing to do with artillary

Bulletjournal and my 2016

New Year, New Journal

I know this should be a FEMME FRIDAY post but you know what? I am the AWESOME FEMME this time.  I did a thing!

The thing is bulletJournaling. And it made last year amazing. The best year of my professional career so far!

A quick review of what I did in 2016 and all of the things that bulletjournaling or just daily journaling did for me as an author:

  • I wrote more and more consistently.
  • I tracked my food and lost over 30 pounds of excess weight.
  • I stimulated another part of my brain that likes to make pretty things.
  • I was able to connect more with people I hadn’t been connecting with.
  • I set priorities and followed through.
  • I felt ACCOMPLISHED and ORGANIZED.

After a year of consistently  using it (except for when I was in Spain for six weeks) I rewarded myself with a brand new awesome Bujo leather wrap to hold my journals together.

My old 2016 journal and my new leatherbound version.

The important thing to remember is, it doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to work a specific way that isn’t right for you. Make it right for YOU. For instance, I got my friend Julia into bulletjournaling recently.  She’s a jiujitsu athlete, an avid reader, a cosplay fiend and an all around awesome and inspiring person. So she customized the way she lives to the way she journals because bujo is FLEXIBLE. Make it work for YOU.

Here’s some sites that can get you started as a bulletjournaler, whether you’re an author or just someone who wants to put their life in order.

  1. bulletjournal.com – the Granddaddy of the bulletjournal
  2. Pretty Prints and Paper – all the amazing ideas and hacks you can find
  3. Boho Berry – great handwriting and other ideas and oh so pretty
  4. Tiny Ray of Sunshine – smart work ideas
  5. The Plan with Me Challenge on Instagram – inspiration that I continue to return to and that launched me into the habit of Bullet Journaling.

What sites are YOU using for Bullet Journaling ideas?  How are you using the bullet journal in your life?

4 thoughts on “NOT FEMME FRIDAY: Bulletjournals have nothing to do with artillary

  1. I love love love the idea of bullet journal.
    But i find it all so overwhelming. I think because when I have visited those sites, they all have such gorgeous handwriting, and pretty designs. And, I can’t do that. I am not that neat or creative. SO I just don’t even try.

    I also forget to check it. I may check it for two days and then nada.
    What do you suggest to try and get into the habit.
    Bearing in mind however that I am about to go and see a psychiatrist for possible ADHD! Maybe I need to not even bother trying until I get my shit sorted.

    • This is a good idea for another post.

      Questions to ask yourself:
      What DO you carry around with you all the time?
      Will a small notebook fit in it?
      What do you need to track regularly? A grocery list? Your kids appointments? Your school assignments?
      How are you currently tracking these things that need to be done? Is it working?

      It’s not about how Pretty you can make it, it’s about how functional. Those websites are for inspiration, not to kick yourself in the arse about how messy your to-do list is? These people are doing what they’re doing to sell you something.

      Try this:

      Go to a bookstore or an art supply store (or your closet if you’re a notebook hoarder like me).
      Pick up (buy or use one you have) a notebook that makes you all giggly inside, prettttttyyyy paaaaper.
      Find a pen you freaking love.
      Get a rubber band to stick those two things together.
      Keep your notebook in your purse or on the kitchen counter or basically in any room of the house that you in are more than 50% of the day.
      Now, write a list of things that you need to do today. Use checkboxes.
      Put the date on the right side of the page. Put the list on the left.
      Anytime you’re in that room, or find yourself wandering around trying to remember all the shit that needed to get done today, look at the notebook. Check boxes as you go.
      The next day, with your morning juice, coffee, tea, biccie, banana, whatevs, review your list of things that you didn’t do and did do.
      Put a line through the things that got done.
      Highlight the things that didn’t get done.
      Put the new date on the right where the list ends.
      List the things that need to get done today.
      Rinse. Repeat.
      If you do this for three days, reward yourself with pretty notebook stickers from the art supply store. They have walls of this stuff in the scrapbooking section or now mine has a journaling section. Go figure.

      If you’re still concerned about things being pretty and neat, another idea is to buy a notebook that’s already pretty! Mr. Ryng got me one for Christmas. I use it just for things we do for our parish ministry work.

      Try enlisting a friend or family member to also do this so you’re re-enforcing each other’s habits. If it’s a family member like a partner, make a date once a month to align your calendars. Mr. Ryng does this with me at a date lunch.

      Thanks! Your questions have brought up an idea for another post. Thank you!

  2. So, not being funny, but what is it about bullet-journaling that makes it any more special/useful than regular journaling? I mean, looking at the photos, a bullet journal looks like calendars/schedulers that have been around forever,

    • Hi Chas, I get it… calendars and schedulers HAVE been around forever. And now they’re even better because we’re demanding more from them as many go back to our analog methods. Ryder (the guy who came up with the original bulletjournal) made a cogent argument for writing things down as being an excellent method for staying organized but his method doesn’t work for everyone. I knew within weeks that I wasn’t going to follow through with how he presented it, so I started to fiddle around with how it would work for me. It takes a little self knowledge to get it tweaked right.

      But the difference between calendars / schedulers and bulletjournaling is pretty clear to me. It’s an integration of bullet lists (to-do, goals, task/project management, ideas, etc) with a calendar.This allows you to break down your overall project and goals with bite sized pieces within your calendar. However you do it, it’s still getting lists and schedule together in one book. FILOFAX did the same thing but was way more expensive. Bullet journalsts say, “Here, have a blank notebook, you can make it work for yourself.”

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