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I’ve been back into using a bullet journal recently. I decided that, if I was going to get organized, I needed to start with a planner. I wanted one where I could track my goals, make endless notes, and add whatever I wanted to it. I tried to find a journal with all of what I wanted. A journal with tracking pages, and nice weekly and monthly spreads. With enough room on the daily pages to write to-do and make notes.
But I couldn’t. Even ones that looked like they would have what I wanted, their reviews said otherwise. Whether there wasn’t enough room, or they were low quality with too many spelling mistakes to count. I decided then that it was time that I made my own. I had tried doing bullet journaling before. But I’d used lined paper. This time, I sought out a dotted one. Like the actual bullet journal site says you should.
I didn’t buy anything fancy just a simple Exceed hard back at Walmart for only a few bucks. I contemplated getting new pens (because I have a pen obsession, lol), but decided against it. I’m using simple Bic ball points in blue and black, and some highlighters I’d bought the first time I’d tried journaling.
I was – and still am – super excited to be back into journaling and it has helped so incredibly much! It helps to keep my assignments and their deadlines, webinar notes, to-do lists, things to remember. I don’t know how I lived without it before! This is my second full week using my journal, and I thought I’d show you the way I do my weekly spread.
Everybody does their differently. So if you find that my way just doesn’t work for you, that’s totally fine! I like to keep my journal kinda of minimalistic. I don’t try and go over board with aesthetics, as long as it’s functional – I’m happy.
So the spread I use, I always start with the date at the top. Maybe you like your date on the side, or at the bottom. But you’re always going to want to mark what week it is.
From there, I’ve seen people do two things. One, is they do what I do, where I layout on overview of the week. The second is just jump right into their daily spreads. I personally like to keep notes for alter in the week, as well as keep a list of tasks and goals I need/want to accomplish before the week is out.
You can add whatever you want to your weekly overview, if you plan on adding one. I also add little doodles, and some color. Just to spice up the page. If you’re more of a black and white person, that’s cool too!
I love how versatile bullet journals are. They don’t just have to be a planner, or a to-do list, or a journal. It can be anything you want. You can add anything, and decorate them however you want to. And it’s totally okay if your layout changes from week to week. It may take some time to figure out what works the best. Or maybe it’s just time for a change. I don’t like to add anything extravagant, but maybe you’re the kind to pull out the washi tape and watercolor pens. (Maybe one day I’ll try and dress it up more.)
But whatever you do with your bullet journal, make sure that it works for you. Make sure you can keep track of everything you need, and that you have all of the pages in it that you want. There is no right or wrong way to do a bullet journal. It doesn’t have to be covered in stickers, washi tape, and calligraphy. Too bad if other people don’t think it’s pretty – as long as you like it and it works for you.
I hope this has helped to some extent – I did another one with my old journal. You can read it here!
Thanks for Reading!