A Year Into My Bullet Journal

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A few months ago, I wrote a post about the most important thing when starting a bullet journal because it can be intimidating and stressful. Now here I am, a year after I started my own bullet journal, to let you know what worked for me and what didn’t.

I decided to try bullet journaling because I needed to organize my life. I needed to keep track of activities / meetings my husband and I made with our friends. Add to that all the chores I needed to do around the house, and those I needed to get done at work. This was all before my daughter was old enough to go to pre-school. Now that she’s in pre-school, well, add that to the list of items I needed to keep track of as well.

Here are the materials that I use:

 

WHAT WORKED?

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Monthly view. This is one of my favourites about my bullet journal. In here, I can put my work schedule, holidays of the month, when payday is, any work related meetings, my daughter’s pre-school activities, even the Easter Bunny’s and Santa’s schedule for whenever we wanted our pictures taken. This was may first attempt at trying out a monthly view and I immediately knew I’m going to be needing it.

Yearly View / Future Log. This one is like a mini monthly view only you can already start planning for future months without having to make an entire monthly spread on it if you don’t feel like it, or if you’re not in that month yet (hopefully that makes sense). I like this because I can easily keep track of family holidays, future appointments, activities, and events. It also makes referencing dates easier.

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Expense Tracker. I made myself an expense tracker not to keep track of what I spend my money on but to make sure I pay what I needed to pay. This way I can easily figure out any discrepancies on my banking.

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The freedom of creating and/or not creating your own layouts. My most favourite thing about my bullet journal is I’m allowed to do whatever sort of layout I wanted. Since I have it on a blank notebook, I can skip days or even weeks without feeling like I’m wasting money on spaces allocated already for a certain day or week.

WHAT DIDN’T WORK?

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Habit Trackers. This seemed like a great idea when I came across it. I was starting to get into the habit of having a proper skin care routine so I decided why not track it as well. NOPE. Didn’t work at all. I could barely fill up an entire month. I found it a bit tedious especially when I can have a tracker on my phone which is more accessible for me.

Vertical Monthly Layout. The main reason I don’t like this layout is there isn’t enough space for me to on. I like my monthly view better because it’s spread out.

So that’s how I’ve been doing so far on my bullet journal. It’s been pretty helpful to me. It’s always a great feeling to be able to tick something you’ve accomplished in your journal especially when there is so much on your to-do list. 🙂



6 thoughts on “A Year Into My Bullet Journal”

  • My girlfriend has a bullet journal and swears by it – I can definitely see how it’s helped her with organising herself. I keep meaning to try it myself, god knows I write enough to-do lists so this would be perfect for me, really. Thank you for showing me they dont’ all have to be fancy and arty

    • Hopefully it works out for you if you do decide to try it. If it doesn’t, don’t worry as there are other planning / organizing systems out there which will better suit your needs. 🙂

  • I’ve heard of Bullet Journals but I haven’t researched them but if I wasn’t so bad at writing things down or keeping up with a journal besides my online blog, I would do this. One day, when I get more organized, I might do a bullet journal.

    • I’m bad at keeping journals as well. I just had to force myself to stick to it because I needed to organize both my work, and house work. Hehehe!

  • I just recently started a bullet journal again (I have a love-hate relationship with keeping journals/planners… I LOVE them and I LOVE journals but I never seem to be able to keep it going…), so I’m so glad I ran into this post. I have a list-style monthly going, but not for the days… Just tasks for the month. I would like to make a calendar, but that might need to wait until I finish this journal with lines, and get to a journal with waffles (wait… I mean grids). I think grid notebooks are a lot more conducive to stuff like bullet journals, where you are making layouts yourself!
    Thanks for sharing, and hope my bullet journal will help me organize and keep track of my thoughts/life as yours has… And that I can keep it going for a whole year like you!!

    • Thank you for stopping by, and I’m glad you found this post helpful 🙂 I have the same love hate relationship with planners / journals which was why I found a bullet journal to be better for me as I don’t feel as if I’m wasting money.

      I feel the same way about grid notebooks. Dotted ones I have yet to try. Good luck and hope you find a journal style that would best suit your needs 🙂

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