When I first started forgetting to remember things calendars became a big part of my life. Had to write things down for the house, for the girl’s school activities, Bill’s out of town work and, of course, those horrific bills we all have to pay.
I started with writing things on the hanging calendars full of pretty scenery or cute puppies, but I soon learned there was just not enough room to keep track of everything.
Then came the calendar books, the journals with more room to write, ponder and project future events.
Ran out of room there, too, and they would end up being a jumbled mess of things I needed to remember to not forget. And where did I write that? Was it last month or three months back?
Then earlier this year while perusing Pinterest I stumbled across Bullet Journaling. I looked at this and pondered over that, following link after link after link. First I was intrigued by the original format that you can find at the Original Bullet Journal website. Then after following Pinterest links for the better part of an afternoon and seeing all the ways artistic things were added, I decided that I would give it a go.
As you follow links on Pinterest you will find hundreds upon hundreds of absolutely beautiful, quite extraordinary bullet journals with the most perfectly hand-written labels and notes. Very inspiring! You’ll love them so much you’ll want a bullet journal that looks just like all those perfect screen shots of all those talented calligraphers.
I know I did.
I also know that, even though everyone tells me they love my handwriting, my bullet journal will be messy, garbled and full of things that are just what I need to remember not to forget.
So, take heart. Bullet Journaling is the best way to keep your calendar, notes, musings, doodles and whatever else you need to remember not to forget.
Here are a couple of pages from my Bullet Journal.
The most important page in the Journal is the Index. This is where you keep track of what is on what page.
This is my Month-at-a-Glance page where I can see the whole month, well, at a glance. I don’t always have my weekly pages set up early, so I can jot down any future appointments on here right away.
I even noted my when I started the journal in case I forgot.
I had watched a video of a stencil technique and had to play with some hearts here on the page. There are some doodles and other miscellaneous items that happened to land here. The days are stamped here, but they aren’t always. Sometimes they are hurriedly scribbled out when time doesn’t allow. That’s okay. Some pages are doodled, some stamped, some just scratched out. I love that about this!
Lists, lists and more lists! I make a lot of lists. These two pages are marked with a ribbon topped paper clip so I can find it easily, even though it is written in the Index, as well. The left side is used several times a month as I tick off the bills paid. I drew a quick grid for the months and listed the bills in order of when they are due so I can see those little check marks easily each month and see if I’ve forgotten anything. Although a lot of things are paid each month automatically, I always make sure they came out of the bank and check them off.
There are more check marks on the left page than the right; haven’t gotten to many books I want to read yet. When I do come across a title I want to check out I will jot it down, though, because, otherwise, I will not remember.
Here are a couple links that are my favorite:
I Love, Love, Love all her information on Bullet Journaling! Check it out, book mark it and refer to it regularly until you have an idea about how your journal works for you.
Boho Berry is also a happy favorite of mine! She has oodles and oodles of information, inspiration and decoration on her site. Again, take a look and be sure to book mark that page.
And of course, the all inclusive, time draining, black hole of Pinterest has SO many places to see all about Bullet Journaling.
If you’re not sure if this is something that would work for you, this is a perfect time to give it a shot. Grab any old notebook that you’re comfortable with and try it for the last three months of this year. If it works, you’ll love it for next year! If it doesn’t work, well, there is lots of time to go browse all those pretty calendars at the mall still.
Let me know what you think!
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