It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with planners. As a Type A, slightly neurotic student/now-blogger, I have to have something in front of me to keep track of both major assignments and events, as well as menial day-to-day to-do lists. Over the years, I’ve gone through my fair share of planner varieties: Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Erin Condren, Day Designer, you name it. However, for 2017, I started a new form of planning: the bullet journal.
So what’s a bullet journal?
A bullet journal is essentially what you make of it. You start with a blank notebook, and draw your own pages. People generally start with a table of contents, then progress to other important pages like a yearly overview. From there, you can set up your planner scheme to work with what you want it to achieve. For example, in keeping with my New Year’s resolution, I’ve sketched out a bookshelf to track the books that I read this year. It’s a fantastic system because you really get to pick and choose what organizational elements you want to use, and it’s an all-in-one resource for all those random lists you might normally just write on scrap paper (and inevitably lose track of).
If you’re interested in starting a bullet journal, I’ve included some pictures of my general layout as inspiration – I’ll probably include some updates throughout the year as I learn what methods work best for me.