How I Use My Bullet Journal
Bullet Journaling is something that is getting more and more popular by the day. There’s the basic principle of the bullet journal, a simple system which you can implement via pretty much any notebook. There’s also the creative side of bullet journaling. The beautiful layouts, the doodles, the calligraphy, the elaborate drawings and designs within. For me, I incorporate both of these to create a bullet journal that is right for me. When it comes to the nitty-gritty of bullet journaling though the main question people ask is how I use my bullet journal. You see the habit trackers, the blog calendar and gratitude log in my monthly bullet journal setup posts. But what do I use it for on a day-to-day basis? Well, you’re about to find out.
Meal Planning and Shopping Lists
Meal planning is great to help save money on the food shop, you know where you are with a meal plan. Your meals are all planned out, sure you can mix and match them as you choose but for the most part, the planning is done and dusted. I write out the meals I want to make for the next ten or so meals and then use a separate page for the shopping list itself. Incorporating a monthly meal plan page within my monthly spread, ticking off each meal as I make it.
Will and I are currently working our way through the IMDB Top 250. Naturally, as a bullet journalist, I just had to write out all 250 films in my bujo, complete with tick boxes. I’ve dedicated eight pages for this which gives you an idea of how much my hand hurt after writing all 250 films out and drawing 250 checkboxes. We’ve got quite a way to go yet but I’m really enjoying checking off each film as we watch it and it’s so nice to look back and see how far we are to completing the list.
Since passing my test I’ve wanted to keep an eye on how much I spend on fuel and how often I fill up my car. I’ve used one page for this as I don’t think I’ll need a lot of space. It’s a handy page to have though and I might start incorporating an expense page into my monthly setup to track all my outgoings.
Not every page in your bullet journal has to be a list or a tracker. It’s perfectly fine to have pages of doodles or lettering and that’s exactly what I’ve used 7 pages in my bullet journal for so far. They’re great for using as reference pages when you’re not sure what style font to use for a new layout, or simply for practising your handwriting.
Planning Blog Posts
I’m not one for handwriting a blog post before typing it up but I do like to make notes on blog ideas as I have them and my bujo is perfect for that. Whether it’s a list of blog post ideas, the barebones of a post or products I want to review/talk about, jotting them all down in my bullet journal works for me.
In general, I would say, don’t try too hard to think about what you can use your bujo for. You’ll figure out how to incorporate it into your life and how you can use it to keep you organised. Need to write a shopping list? Bullet journal. Can’t remember what hashtags suit your posts best on Instagram? Dedicate a page to hashtags in your bullet journal. Your bullet journal is an extension of you. It’s a notepad, a list book, journal, calendar and sketchbook all rolled into one. That’s the beauty of the bullet journal, it’s yours to create.
I hope you found this post helpful. I love using my bullet journal and remember how eager I was when I first started one so I would have loved a post like this.
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