I’m slightly self conscious about this because my bullet journal looks really simple and non-decorative at all. It seems like all the bullet journals I look up are magnificently decorated and lovely, while mine is just pen, paper, and some highlighters. Still, it’s part of my self improvement process, so I’ll be sharing anyway!
I was first introduced to bullet journalling on facebook one or two years ago. The video popped up as an ad on my timeline, and I thought it was great an interesting! At the time I was really messy in my head and in my life, but I thought I was fine. There was no need at the time to go out and buy a book that I was never going to use, right?
Now, I’ve realized how cluttered everything in my life is. I’ve started making a ton of lists of just everything, so I don’t have to stress about remembering everything. Apparently, most of the clutter in my head is just remembering stuff. After making all of these lists, my life if becoming overwhelmed with lists! I needed to put them all in one place.
Time passed, and I was reintroduced during my self-help search! I found Katrin Berndt on youtube, who I’ve been able to relate to. She is also working on physically decluttering her life, and it seems like her mind is all over the place, just like mine. She made a video about how she made up her bullet journal, and I could really relate to how she used hers in particular. The video really inspired me, so I bought a journal (not the specific brand) and got started.
Here’s how I made mine up:
I started with a yearly overview, that actually appears as a quarterly overview. I’ve never really seen a use in having all the days of the calendar highlighted based on how busy you are, like how Apple Calendar displays it. Everyday’s going to be busy in the end. Here, I look Katrin Berndt’s idea and had the month with the events underneath.
As you can see, I really like movies! Every December, I look up all the upcoming movies for the new year, and I mark them in my Apple Calendar. Now, it appears that I’ll be marking it in my bullet journal.
The last page there is an annual budget overview, so I can keep track of how much I spend throughout the year, obviously. My financial situation is a bit hectic as well, so I’m using this journal as a tool to keep track of it all.
Next are financial tips to keep me motivated, and some more lists. These are movies that have been recommended to me, since I’ve lived under a rock for most of my life. The rest are shows and books I’ve told myself to read and catch up on. I used to keep all of this on my phone, but again, trying to keep everything in one place.
Here’s yet another list of all the things I want to do with my house. I’ve separated them with things that cost money and things that don’t. This way, I don’t have to spend money to be productive all the time. I can simply choose something that won’t cost me anything but time and energy.
Next is my monthly calendar, which I’m not sure I’ll be keeping. I can always list these things in the annual calendar, I think. My month doesn’t get filled up that quickly. It isn’t until I do weekly planning that I go in depth with daily tasks and such.
Honestly, that’s one of the best things about bullet journaling, in my opinion. You can change it to fit you, and you don’t need to do it like everyone else.
After that, there’s a monthly spending where I plan on just dumping everything that I ever spend money on. At the end of the month, I’m going to add it all up and put it in the annual budget calendar.
The Habit Tracker and the Mood Tracker are actually really important to me. My mood is constantly all over the place, and I’d like to see that affects my mood and why I feel like what. The Habit Tracker is really important because I feel that being productive is all about developing positive habits. I feel like emphasizing the habits that I want to develop will eventually overshadow my bad habits to where I won’t have the need to do them anymore. I left the bottom of the habit tracker open in case I wanted to add more to it.
Next, Meal Planning. I typically meal plan whenever I feel like it. I don’t really do it the day before I go shopping or anything. Whenever I’m feeling creative with recipes is when I feel like I need to meal plan. I already had this particular one made before i decided to start bullet journaling, so it was easily added before next week’s weekly plan. I can probably put the grocery list and the meal plan all on one page, so I think I’ll do that in the future.
The weekly plan hasn’t been filled in at all, but It’ll be similar to my Pusheen Weekly planner shown above.
I know my bullet journal is really plain and sparse, but hopefully this post has helped you some. Whether it be filling boredom or possibly inspiring you? Thank you for reading, and have a great day!
Here are some other Videos that have inspired me: