Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Embracing the Bullet Journal

Over the years, I have used a wide variety of planners. Some, I loved so much that I wanted to stick with them only to find they were no longer available in that format. Others, I despised so much that they did not last an entire year; one did not even last three months. Have you had this happen to you?

Currently, I am using Passion Planner, which I 95% love.

One of the things I love about it is the to-do lists with the check-off boxes. Since I like to use this style, and have for years, I decided to go all in for 2016. I am going to use bullet journaling as my planner approach.

I first learned of this when I was watching different planner set-up videos and stumbled on this one.

From Bullet Journal video by Ryder Carroll

I chose a Miquel Rius Soft-Bound Journal with quadrille pages (small-square grid like graph paper). 
Photo: Shop Miquel Rius USA
As you can see, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. I chose a blue one with 300 sheets/600 pages. (Yes, I put the crease in the cover, but it was an accident.)

I had to decide this early on, because part of its usefulness is numbered pages for an index. The journal I picked to use does not come with pre-numbered pages, so I would have to do this by hand.

I had a lot of numbering to do, and I needed to start right away. 

I had some color-coded notes that I will need next year, so I wanted to get those transferred as soon as I could. (Read other posts on color-coding here and here.)

You might note there is more than one color on these pages. I did this for two reasons: one was to draw attention to names and phone numbers, and the other was that the note crossed projects at certain points. 

I will keep you posted as I get used to using this method for everything. Even though I am using this type of book, I am still making printables. 

What kind of planner are you using? What kinds of pages would you like to have in a planner?



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