Getting Organised with a Bullet Journal

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I am someone who loves to be organised, but since becoming a mother keeping on top of everything has proved a little difficult. There is so much to juggle, and I just hadn't found the right tool to help me. I will never be one to solely rely on my iPhone calendar, but my Filofax just wasn't working for me the way I needed it to.

I had heard a bit about Bullet Journals, mainly on Pinterest, but it wasn't until I saw my friend Stacie's that I knew it would be perfect for me. She has written a lot of posts about her BuJo on her blog Parker and Me, all of which massively inspired me to start my own. 

Originally created by Ryder Carol, Bullet Journalling is a notebook based customisable planner which can encompass everything you want it to. It can be as simple or as detailed as you want, you can leave the pages plain or you can decorate them. There is no right and wrong, and you can change your system as your life changes.


I have been using my Bullet Journal for eight weeks now, and it really has changed everything. I have never been so organised, and I find that it also serves as a creative outlet which is something I really enjoy.


Firstly I have my monthly spreads - as I started my Bullet Journal at the end of June I have only included the months July through to December. This is where I keep note of birthdays, special occasions and holidays. I love being able to see everything at a glance, and this is what I refer back to when I create my weekly spreads.


My weekly spreads are the core of my Bullet Journal - these are what I use on a daily basis. I tend to have these drawn up two weeks in advance so I can plan ahead, and this is where I include everything from my monthly spreads plus things like when I'm working, toddler groups, meals out, when my food shopping is being delivered, etc!

I also use my weekly spreads as a tracker - I keep a daily food diary, track my fruit and veg intake, my reading and my blog posts as well as things like flossing and drinking alcohol. It seems like a lot, but actually it's really easy to keep on top of. 


Aside from my monthly and weekly spreads, anything goes. I like to keep lists; books I've read this year, books I want to read, recipes to try, things to buy when I go to America. Having them all in my Bullet Journal means I always have them on me, and I can update them as I go. 


I also like to use a double page spread for boring household things like meal planning and cleaning. These aren't pretty by any means, but they are definitely necessary. 


Lately I've also been using my Bullet Journal to track my finances because I am absolutely awful with money. I've been very spendy recently (booking flights to Vegas was a total necessity, of course!) and I need to reign it in a little, so I have been tracking every penny I spend and setting myself budgets. 


I use a dotted Leuchtturm 1917 notebook with a white cover, but there are so many colours to choose from (next time I want the turquoise one!) + Staedler Triplus Fineliners which are brilliant as they don't go through the paper. I also love using Mildliners which are a type of highlighter, but come in unsual, more muted shades - my favourite one is grey! To decorate the pages I often use washi tape, all of which I buy on eBay as they are so cheap and there are thousands of colours and patterns to choose from. I also use a good old fashioned pencil, along with a ruler and rubber, when I'm planning out my spreads so I don't make any mistakes.



I find most of my inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram, searching for the terms Bullet Journal or BuJo. There are so many amazing and creative ideas out there which you can then use and adapt yourself. My favourite Instagram account for Bullet Journal spreads is Plan to Succeed - I really love how clean and simple they are, and I have adapted her weekly spread to make the one I have shown you above.

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How do you keep organised? Do you use a Bullet Journal or something different?





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15 comments

  1. Wow. Just wow. Oh to be so beautifully organised :)

    Helen x

    http://www.treasureeverymoment.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Helen! This is all new to me, as I've never been so organised before xx

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  2. Go Girl! Love, love, love this. Your BuJo is awesome. You have gorgeous handwriting too! I'm so pleased that I managed to inspire you to start one, you may have inspired me to get back into using mine properly! I'm currently trying to think of some spreads for teaching....
    Fab post xxx

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    1. Thank you Stacie!! Yay I can't wait to see what you create xxx

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  3. So amazing!! I love seeing your photos on Instagram!! Definitely want to start a bullet journal, just need to buy my notebook!!!

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  4. Cha this is amazing!!! It also makes me so jealous!!! I'm so awful at this kind of thing! Fancy making me a bullet journal?? I can review it for you 😂😉 xx

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  5. I so wish I had the time to do one of these on top of everything else! I'd love to have them to do and keep for the future. I'm also not that creative so I'd totally suck at them haha. Love yours though xx

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    1. It might mean you have even more time ;) haha!! Thank you lovely xx

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  6. Love this so much chantal.. very very helpful. I kind of started one a couple of weeks ago but its not so organised and lacks the weekly spreads which is what i desperately need. Im going shopping for stationary today i think and will get cracking.
    Ps don't you think it's somewhat addictive? X

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    1. Thank you Mary!! It is most definitely addictive! I can't stop xx

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  7. I kept trying to comment on this on my phone but it wasn't going through, I'm trying to remember what I wanted to say but the gist was that I love this! Your Bullet Journal is gorgeous and you have the nicest handwriting! I've made a note of a few of your pages I'd like to try like the meal planning and housework - I need to get on top of that one but I know once I write it in there I'll actually have to do it! Such a great post xx

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    1. Thank you!! I am still awful at housework even when I've written it down! Need to find something else to make me do it haha xx

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  8. Hello, I'm really interested by your "expenses" board. I would like to know what means "C", "C" an "D" in your board next to "Need?" Please
    I would like to do the same board to follow my money in the budget.
    Thank you ! :)

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