What is Bullet Journaling and Why You Need a Bullet Journal too

You might have heard about bullet journals and bullet journaling and wondered, “What is bullet journaling anyway?” Bullet journaling is a planner system that can be pretty much anything you need it to be.

That’s the beauty of bullet journals and bullet journaling. You use your creativity to make the system entirely your own.

I have a co-dependency problem with planners and office supplies. I’ve been this way since I was old enough to hold a crayon. I don’t know why.

One Planner to Rule Them All

Over the years, as part of this obsession has come the search for the One Perfect Planner System.

This search has even resulted in me creating my own planner pages. For a while, I had a series of planner pages on this website for free. I was constantly reworking those and updating them.

Nothing has ever really worked well for me until I first heard about bullet journaling. As I looked deeper into what is bullet journaling and how it could help me, I finally was able to have a system that worked for me.

What is Bullet Journaling: Not a New Year’s Resolution

This is not a New Year’s thing, where I’m super geeked about some new system I’ve used for all of nine days. No. I’ve actually used it for nearly a year now, and for the first time EVER I’ve actually used the planner system every day. Faithfully. Effectively. Yahoo.

My husband was home for the day, which was good, as I needed to have a sit down with him to figure out our new vision insurance, seeing as how I’m now one of those people who have a half dozen pairs of dollar store reading glasses hidden all over the house, and so I figure a visit to the eye doc might be in order. I pulled out my book and started referring to it for my questions, which caused him to ask what it was.

What is it? It’s my brains, contained in a beautifully bound journal, my love. 

For a good hour, we spent time looking at the essence of my planner system, the Bullet Journal, and how it works for me. I showed him what bullet journaling is and how it keeps me organized. At first, he laughed (“wow, nine days straight, honey, good for you.”)…and then I pulled out my three 2014 bullet journals to show him it was more like 374 days in a row. It’s a miracle, y’all.

What is Bullet Journaling: It can be Paper or Digital, based on your needs

Since that time, particularly since becoming a smartphone owner and having to cut back on how much junk I carry around with me in the aftermath of the car accident, I’ve modified the Bullet Journal System to be partly digital.

I have much of it on Evernote, which is a free app that works across different platforms (including mobile and desktop). The app syncs my notes across platforms, which means no matter where I look at Evernote, the notes are the same.

I still use paper planning (bullet journal style) too, for the basics. I like to modify it with stickers, or printed planner pages from others that work for my needs too. This cuts back on the time I spend setting up a page.

You can read more about my Evernote “bullet journal” setup here. 

Bullet Journaling Basics

I’m not sure who originally came up with the concept of bullet journaling, as it’s called online. If you look on YouTube, you’ll find many videos about it, though the one I’m sharing below seems to be the “original”. (Apologies if it’s not), however, you may get a better idea by watching a couple different ones on YouTube.

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As I mentioned before, I have modified it since I originally posted this post, to be a comprehensive productivity system that is found mostly on Evernote with my menu planning and recipe organization done through Google Keep, Google Drive and Google Calendar. You can find out more about MY system there in those other posts.

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However, the key here is to make it work for you, not follow someone else’s system perfectly.

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