Last week I wrote about how I was starting to try and use my notebook as a "bullet journal". I am pretty sure that what I am doing doesn't follow the "actual" bullet journal however, so far it is working for me.
As many of you were interested in it I thought you might like to see some more and to see how I have developed some of the pages.
First up is a month at a view. I don't have this in my diary and it is so useful to be able to see the whole month at a glance. This is just for appointments. I have also added important dates - as you can see things like Easter - and a note for birthdays. I have blanked out the actual appointments which is what the fuzzy bits are - please excuse these, I didn't think you really wanted to know everywhere I had been in March!
This page works really well for me, I have already also done one for April and will certainly continue this through the year.
Although my fitbit tracks my steps - or as you can see lack thereof on many days! - and you can look back at what you have done, I haven't found a way to see what you have done over time at a glance. I started off writing these in the back of this notebook, then switched to a separate book. Now though I have returned to this notebook and as part of my other pages fitted in as and when.
Again, I like the fact that I can easily look and see just how badly I have been doing. I realise that knowing what you haven't done isn't necessarily the most thrilling thing, but it shows me that I need to keep going and also I can see the days where I have done better. The activity is what the fitbit calculates as the active minutes of exercise, so I need this number to be 30 or more each day.
There are also some more fun pages. I have a page for gardening jobs - none detailed yet! - and one for yarn purchases made this year. Yes, for those of you on Ravelry I am also loading yarn purchases on there as I make them. As I don't have a "stash" though I am not so worried about that.
I had also started a separate book for books I had read, but again I have incorporated this into this book. As I understand it one of the ideas of a bullet journal is to have everything in one place rather than separate books and I have to say that it does motivate me to update the pages with them all being together.
Finally the weekly pages which are the most active.
Last week I had the layout above. It was OK, but didn't really work as I had to write a lot of things out day after day - diary, dinner etc - and didn't have a space for meals.
This week I put the daily items and the meals at the top, but as you can see this hasn't left me much space on the individual days. Better, but not quite there yet.
This is how next weeks layout is looking. The daily things together and easy to mark off - I only worry about them Monday to Friday on the other days they happen automatically or I don't worry if they don't. The meals will be entered on the top of the left page.
This then gives me more room on each page for the different things that day.
I add the appointments, special days, birthdays and tasks to do on specific days.
One other page I have added is an annual layout month by month for birthdays and anniversaries so that I can again see them easily all at a glance.
So, so far as good! It does take a bit of time to write things out, but is taking less time each week and as I get going more I will not have to spend time fiddling with page layouts. I think I have that figured out now. Also having done the monthly pages, book, walking etc pages that will be easy to just fill in now and then add as and when.
The only bad thing is the non laying flat notebook, but as I have about six of these I will just bear with that and keep using them. The only time it is really difficult is when I am photographing the pages, but as I won't be doing that all the time it isn't so bad. That is why there is washi tape on the pages, it is holding them flat! I peeled it off after the pictures.
I hope that this has been useful to you and inspired you to have a go at making your own diary and making it work for you!