Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Bullet Journal

I have wanted to share this information for a few weeks.  It's not really about crafting or scrapbooking but since I have found it so helpful I thought others might find it useful as well.  
I have used a variety of calendars, planners, to do lists, etc over the years both for my personal life and work life.  I usually return to one of the Franklin Covey daily or weekly style pages for whatever planner I am using.  I've tried different styles and formats and never stuck with one for more than a few years.  Now I think I have found a system that I will stick with - the Bullet Journal.  Here is a link to the information that I found and then implemented:

Here are some photos of what my Bullet Journal looks like:





I think the thing that I like most about this system is that it gives me a place to put all the things I want to remember/have handy in one notebook.  While it obviously has my calendar and a space for daily to do's I can create lists for all the various projects I want to to do or are working on.

 I like the Moleskine Squared Notebook Large.  The size works really well for me.  It fits in my purse easily.  I worried when I started that I would fill up the notebook within a few weeks but I started my notebook in October 2013 and as of today I've not used half of the notebook yet!  I also really like the grid pages.  This is really helpful for some of my creative projects.  I can easily draw page layouts, card ideas, page protector styles and other drawings with the grids.
The other things that concerned me was whether it was going to take a lot of time to set up each month and if it was going to really be as easy as it sounded to find my various lists.  I have found that it takes just minutes to set up each month and the Index at the beginning of the notebook helps me find everything. The Index is really the key to the system for me.  You might find that the symbols are the key to your system.  I use a few of them but there are some I don't use at all.  
If you are looking for a way to keep your planner and all the information you deal with each day in one place check out the link above for more detailed information.  I had to watch it a couple of times to really get the feel for it.
What type of calendar/planner do you use? 


  1. Hi Lynn, thanks for sharing the BJ info. Always struggled with ways to access all,the bits and pieces I add to my planner pages and then lose ithem when I start a new month. I use a modified Levenger/Circa journal adding all kinds of paper lists and such. Did you use a stamp for the line of colorful mini graphics on your week double spread? Again, thanks for sharing Randy's website et al.

  2. I can't remember the name of the item that I did the little holiday icons across the page. It looked like a tape dispenser and had a total of 3 cartridges each with a different holiday shape - present, tree, snowflake. Unfortunately they each broke with the first use and that's as much as I got to use before throwing them away. I've heard of the Levenger journal before but I'll have to Google it to see it.

  3. Sounds like you've found a great system for yourself! I chose a new calendar each year & love setting it up and referring to it/updating it daily & weekly & monthly. This year I chose a much simpler & smaller calendar than the previous years & its working great so far.