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Have you heard about the new bullet journal trend? I am a huge fan of the organization life, anyone who knows me will tell you I have several planners, lots of to-do lists, and I organize every aspect of our day and trips. So when I started seeing blog posts and YouTube videos about bullet journaling I fell in love. I can watch videos for hours of people’s journals and layouts. I can’t say that I’m as talented as most when it comes to creating layouts but I have a lot of fun trying. I really enjoy the creative process, adding journaling to my daily planning, and having everything I need all in one journal/planner.
What is Bullet Journaling?:
If you don’t know what bullet journaling is let me give you a quick explanation. From bulletjournal.com,
“The Bullet Journal Method is about much more than organizing your notes and to-do lists. It’s about what Carroll calls “intentional living”: weeding out distractions and focusing your time and energy in pursuit of what’s truly meaningful, in both your work and your personal life. It’s about spending more time with what you care about, by working on fewer things.”
The concept of bullet journaling is actually very simple. It has grown into something like an art form. To bullet journal all your really need is pen and paper. Simply create an index to keep track of your various trackers, logs, and schedules. You can keep these simple like a weekly schedule or I have seen bullet journals with elaborate trackers for just about anything you may want to keep track of. The sky is really the limit, and the reason I love bullet journaling so much is that you can customize it to your needs, every bullet journal is different.
The original bullet journal process is a running log of tasks that were designed to help with productivity. Each day you will make a list of tasks. Using a series of symbols you will keep track of tasks completed, in progress, and in the future. Common symbols include:
. signifying a task
– signifying a note
0 signifying an event
> signifying task was migrated to a different day
< signifying task scheduled
X signifying task complete
Many have adapted these symbols and added some of their own but these are core and basic symbols used to keep track of progress.
There are too many layouts to list. These are pretty custom from person to person. Most bullet journals include an index, weekly and monthly schedules, and trackers. I have seen so many different bullet journal designs and I have enjoyed them all so there is no right or wrong way to do it. I love looking for inspiration on YouTube, blogs, and facebook groups myself. Personally, I like to get a planner and customizing it to my needs. Some start with a blank journal though and create everything from scratch.
I watched a ton of videos before I actually started my own bullet journal. I honestly had no idea where to start and was overwhelmed with all the beautiful journals I had seen on the internet. When I started I started with something simple. I got a planner and expanded and decorated it. I also noticed when I started to do research for starting my own journal that the cost really added up quickly buying online. Then while I was doing some grocery shopping at my Wal-Mart I found an entire section dedicated to bullet journaling and everything was in my price range. So instead of buying fancy and expensive stuff online, I bullet journal on a budget at my local Wal-Mart. You can get started with a few simple items all available in Wal-Marts new bullet journaling section.
Quality Planner or Journal:
As I said, I just use a planner and I decorate it and customize it. You can also use a journal and start from a blank page. They have some really cool planners right now at Wal-Mart in their Happy Planner Line. I am using the 18-Month Dated Medium Planner. It’s super cute and colorful. Plenty of space for me add decorations and notes. It’s my favorite planner. They also have a fun 12-month Happy Planner full of stickers and everything you need to make it fun and special.
I love adding stickers to my planner to add some flair and fun to the pages. The Happy Planner has some sticker sets that are perfect for bullet journaling. They have sticker sets that are dedicated to scheduling theme. They include pages and pages of cute designs that are fun and colorful to add to your planner pages. From holidays to birthdays, to-do lists, and appointments. They have everything covered.
A really fun and easy way to decorate your pages is with printed washi tape. On my recent visit to Wal-Mart, I noticed they had lots of fun designs and sets to choose from. They had washi tape to celebrate holidays, fun events, and a huge variety of colors. They are simple and easy and fun to use.
Pens & Pencils:
If you are going to start a bullet journal then you will need a variety of pens, markers, and colored pencils to help you journal and keep track of your schedule. They have just about every pen and pencil you can think of at your local Wal-Mart and they are all budget-friendly. For black pens I love the Uni-Ball 207 Retractable Gel Pens. They write smoothly and are great for daily use. If you want to add some color to your journal I love the Pilot FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Ink Pens. They are super fun to use to add some flair to your pages. I even color-code my schedule and use a specific color for each kid, my husband, and myself. So I can easily see what each member of the family is doing each day. If you like to draw then classic colored pencils from Crayola are perfect. I’m not much of an artist myself but have seen some beautiful designs shared while researching bullet journaling and having some drawing pencils is a must if you want to create these fun designs.
If you like to add items to your planner then having a good adhesive is a must for bullet journaling. I like taping in notes, to-do lists, and instructions. I love using Scotch Patterned Adhesive Rollers. They are easy to use, simply roll on and you have a quick strip of double-sided adhesive. They also come in fun patterns like hearts to add some decorations to your pages. Plus they won’t hurt your budget.
These are just a few things to help get you started but trust me you will have a blast exploring this new section at Wal-Mart. I check it every time I shop there to see what new items they have added. I have collected lots of fun items and with the great prices, I don’t have to feel guilty about it.
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