Bullet Journalling – the best to-do list ever

June 9, 2016

I constantly have several to-do lists swimming around in my head – for work, the blog, life admin, capsule wardrobe ideas, etc. I’ve tried various ways to organise them – a brief flirtation with Evernote, various Google docs or just random bits of paper. Most recently I bought a planner from Kikki K, which is beautiful, but wasn’t quite enough either.

About a month ago I discovered bullet journalling and decided to give it a go as all I needed to get started was any old notebook I could find lying around at home. If you’re wondering what it is, the Bullet Journal website describes it as ‘a customisable and forgiving organisation system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above.’ For me it’s been a place to keep track of all those to-do lists in my head, freeing up headspace and meaning I actually get stuff done!

If you’re interested, watch this quick video by the Bullet Journal creator, which explains how it works.

At first, bullet journalling can seem a bit overwhelming, especially if you start by searching for inspiration on Pinterest. My advice is to find a notebook at home that you’re not using and just start! Allow for some trial and error before you find a system that works for you – that’s the beauty of the Bullet Journal, you can just start again on the next page. Once you know you’re definitely in love with bullet journalling, then you can invest in the notebook – the LEUCHTTURM 1917. The pleasing feel of quality to it and the index and numbered pages all make bullet journalling in it a dream.

I keep mine really simple. It’s mostly a way to organise my life at the moment, but the sky really is the limit – bullet journalling is a great way to keep track of goals, plan bucket lists or remember films you want to watch and books you want to read, etc. I’ve created a Pinterest board with some of my favourite ideas below.

What do you think? Are you intrigued? Or have you already started a bullet journal? I’d love to know how you’re getting on.
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    Reply Ella J. Cee July 2, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Intriguing idea. I have been using the Passion Planner, which I like, but the layout and goal setting focus has become a little overwhelming and I skip a lot of it. I do however fill those To Do List areas up and love being able to look back to see what I have actually accomplished.

    • Reply Rachel July 7, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      I will have to check out Passion Planner! What I love about bullet journalling is that you can totally customise it to suit you. So you could take what you do like from Passion Planner and skip the rest.

    Reply Jo November 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I’d never heard of bullet journaling till a friend mentioned it a couple of days ago. So your post came at the right time. Love the idea so going to give it a go.

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