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I Did It! I Jumped On The Bullet Journal Bandwagon…

Virgos – prepare to get hot under the collar…

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A quick side note before we begin with today’s post. Apologies for the lack of posting around here and videos on my YouTube channel for the past week. I hate excuses, so I’ll spare you ‘The dog ate my homework-esque’ list but last week was nuts as I was away from my desk and up in London recording podcast episodes almost everyday. My routine was flung up in the air and I survived on a diet that consisted exclusively of takeaway food and sweets. Nice. This meant that if I had posted a blog or video it unsurprisingly would have been a real turd, so instead of putting up something that was half-arsed I felt it best to wait until I had a bit longer than 10 minutes free to put something together with love (and a bit more time on the clock). So I’m back! I’m cooking with gas! And I finally ate a meal that didn’t contain dough in some shape or form…

Today we’re talking all things Bullet Journal, because I finally jumped on the bandwagon and I’m absolutely bloomin’ loving it. If you haven’t heard of the concept before, then it’s best to check out this video as a starting point. It’s officially dubbed ‘an analogue system for a digital age‘ and it’s basically a organisation methodology created by a guy called Ryder Carroll, that’s simple, effective and adaptable to pretty much everyone. I’ve been eyeing up the idea for years, but was so stuck in my own routine of using multiple different notepads for different things; I had my editorial calendar in one, daily lists in another and then weekly to-dos in a separate planner. So streamlined, right? *eyebrow raise*

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It got to the point where if I was attempting to do work on the go then I had to bring at least two of these bulky notepads with me and after re-watching Lily’s video on how she organises hers, I finally bought the pad on Amazon and eagerly awaited its delivery. When it arrived, I spent a solid morning sorting my shit out, working out how to order my life into the pages, writing in birthdays, important dates, important tasks. Yeah, it took an age, but come lunchtime I felt like I was organised and I was ready to take on the world. I had a brain dump, took everything from those three planners – all into one place and it felt good. I’ve been using it now for the past month and I’m loving how flexible it is, and how everything is contained in one place. Here are a couple of tips that I’ve picked up so far that might be helpful for BJ newbies (yeah the abbreviation of this one ain’t great – won’t be using that again!)…

Learn the ropes. The Bullet Journal site is the best place to learn the actual methodology – the ticks, the crosses, the circles – all that jazz (I promise it takes all of about 5 minutes to get your head around the the whole thing). It’s also a great idea to have a look for more videos on YouTube to see how other people use the idea. Instagram is a great place for recommendations too – have a look at Journalspiration and prepare to swoon.

The forget the ropes. Learn the ropes, and then throw them to the back of your mind as you work how it’s best to organise your life. There are some aspects of the BJ method that I love. The contents page for example, is a great way of working out where I’ve written things in my notepad that previously would have got lost and taken me an age to find. Crossing off the dots as well is a really visual way to tell that a task is complete. However, I don’t incorporate all the Bullet Journal ideas, just the ones that I feel work best for me.

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The official Bullet Journal is rather fab. I am 100% converted to a squared-page notebook, which is something I thought I’d never say. I got the official Bullet Journal pad off Amazon and I reckon it’s worth the extra couple of quid. Like I mentioned before, I like the set-out contents page, plus it comes with three ribbons to use as bookmarks which is great because I always tend to have one locked in on the contents page, the other on my currently monthly editorial calendar, and the third on my newest page that I’m working on.

A Tippex pen will be your best friend. I used to work out of a ring-bound notepad that meant that if I messed up a page I could just rip it out and start again, but here it’s a different story which is why one of those little Tippex Mouse Pens is a great investment. I’m not going to lie, I’ve become so obsessed with mine that I’ve purchased three and I reckon they’ll be featured in my next monthly favourites. Lame, but true…

Photos by Lauren Shipley


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  • Marie Reid

    I switched to Pilot frixion pens that you can easily erase instead of Tippex!!! They come in various colors and thickness!!!

    • Julie

      I am the same – they’re a god send – and you can get some lovely colours too!

  • Starting a blog post about organisation with the info that your whole schedulue did not work out, that is so down to earth, I love it. But I don’t think I will get on the band wagon here, I pref to have everything in my phone and paperless.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Freya Fleming

    I’ve tried to start bullet journalling two or three times before, but I always get stuck in that first phase of planning it all out and creating the different sections etc. I feel like I want to do too good of a job and it all needs to look perfect, and then I get bored because it takes me ages to get to a place where I can actually start using it… But I do think I’m going to give it another go! Maybe try to keep things simple this time and get inspiration from minimalist YouTubers and Instagram accounts. 🙂

    xoxo
    Freya
    thatgirlyt.wordpress.com

  • Maren Hopp

    Hi Anna,
    I am so excited that you hopped on the Bullet Journal train. It’s a really great way to keep yourself organized and I think it’s a lot of fun, too.
    I would be more than honored if you would check out my Bullet Journal Instagram Account : It’s called PurePlanning_byMJ (https://www.instagram.com/pureplanning_bymj/)
    Best wishes from germany
    Maren

  • I’m so intrigued by this way of organisation, I really think it’s super interesting! I love how you can personalize it to suit your schedule!
    Ambar x
    http://www.herlittleloves.co.uk

  • I’ve been doing the bullet journal for about three years now – and it’s been a life saver. However, there are sometimes where I will accompany that with my Things app – by culturecoded – on my phone so I don’t have to bring my notebook everywhere I go and also because I don’t like big bags 🙂

  • Ugh, I attempted a bullet journal but found once I set it all up I didn’t have the motivation to keep it going! Yours is so neat and organised looking too haha keep it up!
    Kathryn xx
    hellokathryn.com

  • theblackblush blog

    I tried this before but I couldn’t keep it out organized and so clean like yours!
    xx

    The Black Blush

  • Sethrin

    I wouldn’t make it past the first page. so much work, so much lazy.

  • This is such a brilliant idea and I’m really intrigued to try it! Think I need to hop on this bandwagon too! Emily x

    http://www.shewhotravels.co.uk

  • You’ve given me an itch to scratch now as a bullet journal! Ha! Oh dear, it looks so fun and definitely a great way to stay organised! I think I might have to take this up!

    I hope you have a lovely Monday,
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

  • Jennifer Gee

    Love my bullet journal. Been doing it for 2.5 years now. But I have to have a black pen, can’t deal with blue!! (Where is the shirt you’re wearing in the photos from? The one listed down the bottom looks quite different. Many thanks.)

  • Ah so pleased to see this post from you!

    I’ve been using my bullet journal for a few months new everyday, but I do feel like I let it get super messy (and not in a visually attractive way!).

    Would love to see some more posts on how you lay out your weekly and monthly logs as I find they tend to get the most messy 🙂 As well as if you’re still using another big planner for your monthly and weekly tasks? I just got the Kate Spade 2017 planner and feel it would be a shame to waste something so pretty!

    Heather x | http://www.atelierofstyle.co.uk

  • Laura Torninoja

    I started a bullet journal a few months ago and I love it so much already! It’s the first time in AGES that I’ve actually regularly used a notebook and not just left in a corner after filling in a few pages.. Score!

    Also, I’ve just had a look at the @journalspiration and MY GOODNESS – everything is so pretty! I feel procrastination scrolling a-coming… x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Chloe

    I need one of these so badly, I’m super organised and love making lists so it’s the perfect thing ever hahaha! Great post 🙂

    Chloe @ https://girllgonerogue.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I really think it’s fun with bullet journaling, but I have such a hard time to keep update it when it comes to my weekly spreads. So now I haven’t opened it since April :-/ With three kids, my two blogs and working 100% makes it hard to find the time for my journal. But I do want to start again, so I will and I need to find a good routine with it 🙂

  • I have wanted to try bullet journalling for so so long!!! I feel like I will really have to commit though, but this post has totally inspired me!! Love this 🙂

    M. x | http://www.touchofconfetti.com

  • Yay! I started bullet journaling back in March and now cannot function without it. So glad you’re enjoying it! Would love to see a post in say 6 months time to see what pages/spreads you’ve continued to use or if you’ve got rid of any that weren’t working as well. Love it!

    Becca | Find me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rawrrbecca

  • bee’s greets

    I second the Frixion pen recommendation! And if you’re looking for a more, ahem, appropriate abbreviation, we Bullet Journalers refer to it as “BuJo.” 🙂 Love reading your blog from my little corner in Idaho!

    -Bee

  • I have never heard about bullet journaling before but it looks so practical!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

  • The Journal Fanatic

    I’ve been hearing a lot about bullet journals lately but never actually thought about starting one

  • I like the idea of a bullet journal, but the whole methodology seems so complicated to get right haha. I haven’t looked at it properly, and I probably should since bullet journals seem to be super effective to use on a daily basis.

    Julia x
    Last Post: Holidays in Rome | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/roman-holiday-pt1.html

  • Finally Anna! I use a Leuchtturm 1917, I use a black one at the moment, but I just got my new one in the mail. I don’t know if you can tell, but I am very excited!

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

  • I recently starting (my own version of) bullet journalling as well! Love that yours is simple and not too artsy, which initially really put me off because I felt this hidden pressure to make everything look super cool and pretty but then I realised it is just a tool to help myself, not to please the eye of others x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

  • I really want to jump on this trend! I love keeping my life organised and especially in a really cute way! Xxx

    http://www.lifeofem.co.uk

  • Today Souhaila

    I always start a BUJO and I give up onusing it quickly,I think I’m gonna give it another go this time for real

    todaysouhaila.blogspot.com

  • Whoop whoop! Your bullet journal is looking great so far.

    Arden | Missing Wanderer

  • Jen

    I might have to try this out (been avoiding it for a bit)–it’s an organized system for all the notebooks I keep! Also, you have the cutest handwriting. xx

    Jen | affecionada

  • I don’t think I’m a bullet journal kind of girl, lol I find it hard to keep up! But love using a note book and writing my to-do list down. It’s almost similar but not lol

    http://bevseyeview.com

  • This is so my cup of tea! I love lists, love note pads and love organazing (despite not being a virgo)

    http://www.tebrodjournalen.no/

  • Sarah Horner

    I took up bullet journalling over the past six weeks. I used to ‘love’ lists, but bujo showed me where I was procrastinating. Very refreshing to see that you aren’t doodling, writing affirmation lists or going crazy with washi tape. x

  • I have been LOVING my bullet journal so far this year! It hasn’t left my side and is a constant reminder of my goals. Not quiiiiiiiiiite as neat as yours thought hehe! Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

  • Georgia Gore

    The abbreviation is BuJo not BJ 😂

  • Anna Winter

    The cleaning and organising are my passion. I liked your bullet journal , I think it got very good.

    http://carpetcleaningputney.org.uk/

  • Zara

    I have tried ssso many times to get into Bullet Journaling but I just can’t keep it up for more than a week or so. So jealous of everyone who can because it looks like such a great way to stay organised x
    http://www.misszarabelle.com

  • Ah, love this post!! Thanks for sharing… 🙂
    xx finja | http://www.effcaa.com

  • Love this! I make a million and one lists a day, usually on post its while sat at my desk at work… This would be helpful!
    http://www.courtneys-corner.co.uk

  • Taranjeet Singh

    love this post. might start bullet journaling myself in summer 🙂

    http://tee-singh.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/the-summer-perfume-daisy-by-marc-jacobs.html

  • Anna

    Great post and thanks for sharing! I love Bullet Journals
    XO

    https://pineapplemakeup.wordpress.com/
    https://society6.com/sierraf31?curator=sierraf31

  • I’ve been bullet journaling for about 2 years now and love it – can’t think of a nicer simpler way to organise my life!

  • Hi Anna

    Great post, I loved reading it. Bullet journal is something new for me and I would love to try that. I think it is little bit time consuming but no issue I’ll love to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this article with us.

    Regards
    Ryan Smith
    xpo-online.com

  • Farina

    Hey 🙂 Where is the lovely long ruler from? 🙂

  • Madeline Chen

    Hi Anna thanks for the post! It inspired me to start bullet journaling too. Could you do a video going into how you do it (what aspects you use, what you don’t, your layouts)? It looks much simpler and cleaner than other ones online which is perfect for my taste 🙂

    • ya i totally agree… Video would be very nice and will present the picture more clearly…