Sunday, 9 October 2016

How I Organise My Bullet Journal

I feel like I'm very late to this party, but I finally started a bullet journal. I'd been put off for quite a while because all of the examples I'd seen on Pinterest seemed way too extravagant and complex to keep up with, but after a few test runs I finally found a way that works for me. I won't try to explain how it works in depth because I'm sure I won't do it justice so if you want to check out the official bullet journal website you can do that here. Essentially, it's a specific way of documenting your life that keeps everything organised and structured in one place. I thought it would be nice to share some of the ways I organise my bullet journal so that anyone thinking about starting one can get an idea of what it's like!

The first page in my bullet journal is the 'Index' page, which is where anything I put inside the journal is written down alongside the number of the page it's on. It's just a way of finding anything specific quickly as a bullet journal has no structure, you just write things down as you go.
The second is a double page spread of what's called the 'Future Log'. This is just a page where I write down any dates/birthdays/appointments that I need to remember and/or write down quickly. For example, if I'm in uni and have to write down a deadline date quickly, this is where it will go!

This is my favourite part of my bullet journal. There's no correct way to do it so you can organise it however you want! I have a double page spread with the name of the month at the top, and then on one page I have a 'daily tracker' which you can see in the picture above, and my goals for that month. My daily tracker consists of things I want to do on a daily basis, so for example I have things like 'read', 'bed by 11', 'drink 2L water', and then if I achieve it that day I colour in a square. Then on the other side of the double page spread I have the calendar which you can slightly see in the picture as well. For that I just draw a line down the page and on each line I write the date/day and then I transfer everything for that month over from my future log, so any birthdays or appointments that I've written in the future log get crossed out and moved into the monthly calendar.

For my daily log I simply write the date on one line and then underneath I write a bullet point list of anything I need to get done that day. At the end of the day I also write down anything positive that I accomplished that day or just something nice that happened, but instead of a bullet point I draw a heart so I can differentiate.

This is where you can get a bit more creative! Collections are basically anything you want to include within your journal, so for example some of my collections are 'books I want to read', 'career goals', 'things I enjoy doing', 'monthly blog schedule', etc. There are so many different things you could include and Pinterest is a really good place to get inspiration for these!

If you're thinking of starting a bullet journal, one thing I would highly recommend is to stay away from Pinterest in the beginning. Some of the pictures on there are so ridiculously beautiful and crafty but also quite unrealistic for lots of people. I started two bullet journals before the one I currently have, and both I gave up with because I focused more on it being colourful and pretty than actually making a difference to my life. If you're spending more time writing your to-do list than doing the things on it, it may be worth changing how you structure your journal! I would recommend just sticking to a notebook and black pen, keeping things as simple as possible. The aim of a bullet journal is to help organise your life; I would save the colours and prettiness for scrapbooking instead!

Do you have a bullet journal?



  1. I have a planner for my school stuff but I love the idea of a monthly calendar and a list of things in specific categories I need to accomplish! It would probably be useful for blogging as well x

    1. I absolutely love it, it's definitely helped organise my life! :) xxx

  2. Ah, inspiration! I should write about my bullet journal too! I love the simplicity of yours'. I feel like your collections are REALLY easy to navigate (something that's been a little hard for me to do).


    1. Definitely do! :) Yeah after trying to make my bullet journal all pretty and detailed I realised that simplicity works a lot better for me! xxx

  3. This is so much more realistic than those pinterest ones! I now feel like I can actually have one!
    Aleeha xXx

    1. Aw that makes me so happy! I hope you enjoy it if you do start one! :) xxx


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