Last week I uploaded a video of my bullet journal to my YouTube channel. It’s one of my most popular videos already, and everyone is being so lovely about it, so I thought I’d take some pictures and write a blog post too.
I started my bullet journal halfway through July, so I haven’t had it long, but it’s already become so integral to the way I organise my life. It’s also a lot of fun: I’ve decorated mine a lot with stickers, magazine cut-outs, and even glitter nail polish! It’s become a kind of art journal for me too, a way to be creative.
I made my bullet journal from a pretty gold confetti notebook from That Lame Company. I didn’t want to spend £12 or so on a Leuchtturm1917 journal that most people use for their bullet journals, because I didn’t know if I’d enjoy bullet journaling, I’m a poor student, and I wanted mine to be a little different from everyone else’s. Anyway, I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I’ve been using it every day.
My planner for the previous year was an academic diary from Busy B, which was awesome (I wrote a review here), but this year I’m definitely going to use a bullet journal because it’s more customisable and creative. I actually had a few pages left over in my Busy B planner, so I pulled them out and stuck them into my bullet journal, as well as some pockets, which are really useful! In the pockets, I keep important things like a tube map, passport photos, and a tiny little notebook that I use for blog and YouTube ideas.
I’m really happy with the first page of my bullet journal! I stuck in a print from That Lame Company, and a little set of stick & memo tabs (which are useful for marking important pages). On the opposite page, I’ve written out my key and decorated it with things I love – Star Wars, Disney, Adventure Time and Harley Quinn!
I’ve been experimenting a lot with different layouts for my daily log, so I’ve pictured a few examples below. The daily log is one of the most useful parts of a bullet journal, so I’m trying to find a layout that I love. As you can see, I’ve been decorating these a lot, and often covering up non-busy days, making cute collages.
Monthly spreads are also very useful, so you can see everything happening that month at once. I like to have a monthly to-do list opposite my monthly spread, so I can have a brief overview of things I need to do that don’t have a specific day.
One of the things I love about a bullet journal is that it’s not just a planner. I’ve been adding lots of fun and useful pages like habit trackers, 2016 goals, things I want to learn to do, a bucket list and even a Pop Funko wishlist!
At the back of my bullet journal, I have a page of useful numbers, a page of empty timetables ready for the upcoming academic year, and finally, a yearly calendar, opposite a huge sticker of Rey from Star Wars of course! I also took out the page marker and pen holder from my old planner and stuck them in, both of which have proven useful.
If you want to see a flip-through of every page in my bullet journal, check out the video below
Thanks for reading,
P.S. How is it September tomorrow?!