Bullet Journal

My love affair with bullet journaling

I am a nerd for planners and organizers (and lots of other nerdy stuff). When I heard about bullet journaling a couple of years ago, I was pretty interested but skeptical. I was seeing all these beautifully drawn spreads on Instagram and Pinterest that were begging to come and organize my life. But I am not much of an artist, so I resisted the urge to dive into it.

But eventually, I was so taken by the system that I just had to try it. Bullet journaling, for the uninitiated, is a system for organizing and recording your day to day life. There are different pages spreads that do different things. For example, your future log is a place to record upcoming dates and items on your calendar. Your rapid log is a quick and concise list of tasks, obligations, and events that occur throughout the day.

I’ve dabbled and experimented with lots of different ways to organize my bullet journal. I love to think up different systems, spreads, and sections. But the truth is that I love to come up with new rules more than I like to live by the old ones. My bullet journal becomes a compost pile of the things running around inside my head and I constantly want to move it around and examine it.

I’ve come to the point where I feel stifled and uncreative by gazing at calendars and to-dos lists all day. So I’ve invented a way of organizing my bullet journal around living a holistically satisfying life, not just getting all my deadlines done on time.

I’ll be going over my current system in much greater detail when it’s time to lay out my new notebook. I still have some life left in the one I’ve been working on, and it’s nearing “Peak Chaos.” I actually can’t wait to start the new one, but Life Goal 3.1 is “Fill a Journal Completely.” So I will just have to wait.

In the meantime, I’m going to share five of my favorite spread with you!

If you want to learn more about bullet journaling, Go to BulletJournal.com. I love the slogan on the website: An Analog System For The Digital Age.

920 Likes, 21 Comments - Planner Inspiration (@christina77star) on Instagram: “This is my gratitude log for March inspired by the lovely @heartistic.jess I can't wait to fill…”Gratitude Rainbow

Rainbows are my favorite. This gratitude spread makes me so happy to look at it that I actually feel inspired to fill it out. That’s a good thing because it’s proven that taking time to write down things you’re grateful for can put you in a better mood!

I also use a gratitude chart to help me remember how darling my little angel children really are because they so often act like monsters.

If you haven’t caught on to the bullet journal trend, uh, what are you waiting for?  Maybe you have not yet heard of a bullet journal, or you’ve seen examples of them, you just aren’t exactly sure what they are. A bullet journal is, essentially, a planner, diary, tracker, and organizer all in one. It can be anything you want it to be, whether it’s full of to-do lists or doodles or habit tracking lists or calendars of reminders or all of those things.Daily Spread

One thing I really love about this spread is the way you can simply use as much space as you need to for any given day. You don’t make the whole spread up ahead of time, you just add a new headline as you go.

Plus, the headline art is very simple and made even simpler on a dot grid notebook. That’s important for someone with limited artistic ability, like me. This spread is so simple that even I can create a beautiful daily layout.

The simplicity also makes it reasonable for me to do it every morning, instead of feeling like I can’t get right into my list for the day.



Ideal day map, would like one of these for each shift so I don't lose my sense of time.A Spread To Visualize The Perfect Day

I have tried to use this spread in countless different ways. I always get frustrated with what I’ve done and I’ve never once been able to write an Ideal Day that I’m happy with for more than a week. But I keep coming back to the idea.

I think I need to come up with a couple of different “types” of Ideal Day. It sounds like a lot of fun to work out “Work Days” and “Family Days” and “House Management Days.” But then I think I’m probably just running away with my love of rules again.

Either way, I always come back to this spread.


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The Planner Plus Spread

For me, the primary draw of this spread is in the lack of white space. Throughout the month, this bad boy would become cramped with appointments, reminders, goals, and filled in habit boxes. I love how much it accomplishes in just one spread. I feel a sense of pride in a great “Central HQ” spread that snapshots my entire month. I also love that this is a black and white spread, beautiful but with minimum frills.

Level 10 Life - Bullet JournalLevel 10 Life- My Current Obsession and the Basis of My Newest Bullet Journal System

Lastly, my current fav Level 10 Life. This is a system by Kara at Bohoberry based on inspiration she got from the Miracle Morning, a book written by Hal Elrod.

Kara did something I thought was pretty cool in that she listed 10 goals for each of the 10 segments of a balanced life. In the end, she had 100 goals to work to, some very large and some reasonable to achieve.

I’ve played and played with this idea and I’m very happy to say I’ve settled into a hybrid system that directs my life toward my goals (and my goals more smartly toward the life I want to live). I’m still working out the kinks and I’ll document my set up when I move into my next beautiful journal.

Until then, what’s your favorite bullet journal spread? What spread do you use the most day to day, and what spread to enjoy having the most?

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