A Look at My Bullet Journal

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Have you ever thought you hated something until you stumbled across the perfect fit? Like you thought you always hated wearing jeans until you discovered the perfect brand and style that were comfortable and made your butt look amazing. Or you thought you didn’t like avocados (ok, seriously, that can’t be true!) until you tried your friend’s homemade guacamole? That's how I feel about my bullet journal! I was the absolute worst when it came to any type of planner, journal or schedule. My love for stationary would always push me to buy a fancy planner or notepad to try because surely this would be the magic pill I needed to finally get my life together. I would even throw in some fun new pens and some sticky notes for good measure. (Did I mention I love stationary?!)

But without fail, it would fall by the wayside.

If it was a planner with pre-dated spots, I’d feel like I wasted pages by not filling anything in, which would make me so uncomfortable in my OCD and perfectionism tendencies. Then I couldn’t bring myself to start again because I already felt like the book was ruined by my lack of commitment.

And even if it was a blank notebook or notepad, I’d go through a short phase where I’d write down my daily to-do list but then I’d forget about it and it would end up in the junk drawer.

So why haven't I divorced this system called bullet journaling? Because it's flexible and adapts to what I need on any given day, week, or month!

What I use:

That's it! The key is to keep it simple so you always have what you need.

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Here's how I use my bullet journal to organize my thoughts and my life:

1. Table of Contents (or Index)

This is the key to the whole thing. By numbering each page and adding to the table of contents as you go along, you always have an easy way to find what you’re looking for. It also means that you don’t need to (and you shouldn’t!) plan your pages ahead of time. Use each page as you get to it, for the purpose you need it for.

2. Lists

Anything that you need to jot down can go in your bullet journal:

  • Supplies for a birthday party
  • Blog post ideas
  • Christmas present ideas for the family
  • Home improvement projects

Just be sure to add it to your table of contents so you know where to find it!

3. Weekly Plan

This is the primary function of my bullet journal and how I use most of the pages. You can lay it out in any way you want, but basically you just use your squared notebook and a pen to make a daily task list or you can get a little fancier and draw your own weekly calendar.

The key here is simplicity and to adapt it to fit your needs for the week. Try it out one way for the week and then change it the next if you need to.

4. Passwords

If you’re like me and you have a terrible time remembering all your passwords, start writing them down in your notebook. I have two pages, one for personal and one for business.

Now as I login to a website (usually struggling to try multiple emails and passwords first), I immediately jot down the login info in my journal for easy reference the next time.

This is also important since I have held all our family passwords in my head, which would make things very difficult should something happen to me and my husband needs access to… anything. So now he can gain access to things, should the need arise.

5. Note Taking

I’m terrible for taking notes and not ever looking at them again. Even with my bullet journal, it’s not something I do as well as I’d like. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found notes on a random piece of paper or in a hardly looked at notebook, only to toss them away and then later wished I had it to look at again.

Now with my bullet journal, I can quickly glance at my table of contents to find out where the notes are located, and find what I need, when I need it.

6. Yearly Overview for Business

I use a calendar system on Freedcamp to help me map out weekly blog posts and plan out specific tasks needed for creating and launch my courses, but my overall plan for the year is laid out in my bullet journal.

By having a two-page spread laying out the 12 months of the year, I can decide what I want my main focus to be each month and use it as a reminder to stay on task! January could be The Detox Lifestyle launch, February might be focusing on my Younique customers, March is creating content for my membership community, etc.

This way I can ensure that I have a good yearly overview of what I should be working on, without getting overwhelmed by focusing on too many things at one time.

Beyond those main categories, whatever I can think of that needs to be written down, I usually write it down in my bullet journal. I do also use Evernote for my daily bible reading and for brainstorming purposes, but my bullet journal is what I use to keep my mind organized on a daily basis.

I keep my journal open to my weekly page, sitting beside my laptop on the desk in my kitchen. So it’s always handy at home, but it’s also very easy to grab and throw in my purse if I think I’ll need it.

Even though my journal is very basic, you can definitely add your creativity to it by adding fun doodles, positive affirmation, and bible verses to keep you inspired.

A quick search on youtube will show many other people’s examples too.

If you’ve ever struggled to keep things organized in your head, or have gotten lost in a sea of sticky notes, I’d recommend trying a bullet journal. It’s only limited by your own imagination!

LifeTaryn Nergaard