SO excited to get to have my friend Gabriella guest posting today! Enjoy her fabulousness ^_^
Hey guys! It’s so great to be here!
So if you follow me over on Facebook, you may know that I’ve been bullet journaling for the past few months, and I thought I would talk a little bit about how I’ve been doing that, and why I love it so much.
Pictured below, is my bullet journal. It’s just a plain old composition notebook. The strap is a headband I literally taped to the back. I love this journal. It has changed my schedule as a writer, and it really helps me get things done.
Supplies I typically use for this journal are:
- Computer Paper and Scissors
- LOTS of Colored Pencils
For my weekly spread, I make a to-do list of the big things that may cut into my writing time. I also have boxes to color in for daily writing and schooling. I keep a mood tracker as well, and list this weeks’ goals. I have a FB tracker, but I haven’t used it much.
Once I turn the page, you see my daily pages. I color code the side for weekly, monthly, yearly or other goals. These are just straight up checklists that I write down, based on weekly and monthly goals I’ve set. At the end of the week, I create an ‘Unfinished Buisness’ checklist, which lists all the tasks I did not get done that week. The following week, I typically just weave those tasks into that week.
Scattered throughout my journal are random lists, such as this Christmas Wish list. (It’s never to early to get started! Lol)
So how does this help me get things done? It’s nothing more than a dressed up to-do list.
Well, first of all, try to make the bullet journal something you want to use. Use colors and layouts that work for you. Experiment. I use colors I like to make my bullet journal something worth using. I wouldn’t want to leave this on a shelf. I want to be able to check off the things on my to do list. Once I have, a day with all checks can feel satisfying. You know you got something done today, and that is just a really good feeling.
Then, you want to make a list for the next day. And the next.
Once you get into the habit of bullet journaling on a daily basis, it will feel more like a personal work of art, and it will be like the norm for you. You’ll want to do those tasks every day.
And I get it if you don’t think bullet journaling is for you. It may not be. It’s certainly not for everyone.
Maybe you don’t have time to create colorful spreadsheets every week, or don’t think you’re artistic enough to commit to a journal like this.
And that’s OK. There are plenty of pre-designed journals you can use. But I love bullet journaling. It works for me, and I can always change spreads if they no longer work for me.
Here are a couple Bullet Journalers I personally love and follow:
Boho Berry: https://www.bohoberry.com/
A Tiny Ray of Sunshine: https://www.tinyrayofsunshine.com
Thank you to Kara for having me on her blog! I post weekly on my own site, gabriellaslade.com, so I hope perhaps you’ll pop in one day to say hi.
Gabriella Slade grew up as the eldest of seven, two of her sisters being adopted from West Africa. As a homeschoolded student, Gabriella spent her free time reading novels and scribbling down stories from a young age, where she discovered her love for fantasy.
As a teen, she wrote and edited her debut novel over a period of 3 years. Gabriella has been blogging since 2015. Her blog won the Libester award in 2017. You can connect with her online at gabriellaslade.com, or on Facebook, Instagram, GoodReads or Pinterest.