how I’m getting on with my bullet journalsureshjain.com
Back in November 2020, I talked about three months’ in a bullet journal. I’ve now been using a bullet journal for over a year (how time flies…?!) and I wouldn’t say I’m a seasoned user but like to think I’ve worked out what does and doesn’t work for me now.
The structure is a standard one in terms of a journal – there’s an information page, a year plan, a month spread and the standard weekly spreads. I’ve found a week-to-view an optimal way for me to organise my life and it has worked well for me in the past so I have stuck to it here. From next year, I’m hoping to use a more free-form week to view (more on that in due course).
I’m still in my Leuchtturm 1917 and this is how it’s looking so far.
Although month spreads are something that have universally graced my planners year on year, I’ve actually found that I don’t use them that much? A perfect example is June below. You can see just how bare it is and it only has the bare minimum. I’m thinking of doing away with it altogether, however, it’s actually quite a useful way of seeing an overview of how busy the month will be and when my free time will likely be too. Very essential for organising catch-ups with friends and other downtime!
Overall, the bullet journal system is a good thing for me. I like the freestyle nature and adapting it to my own needs. I also like tracking things important to me so the monthly reviews lend themselves perfectly for that. As mentioned earlier, I’m going to try something slightly different for my 2022 bullet journal and we’ll see how that pans out too. One option I’m considering is combining my bullet journal with my twice-weekly brain dumps in my main journal. This might work as my bullet journal doesn’t leave the house usually so the risk of someone reading a brain dump would be minimal anyway.
Do any of you use a bullet journal? I’m keen to try and go more minimalistic with it so if you’re similar, please do let me know and link me to your own spreads/other spreads you’ve seen that are inspirational.