I cannot believe that it has taken me so long to jump on the bandwagon and start my own bullet journal. I am a bit of a Pinterest addict, and it was thanks to the app that I’ve found some brilliant spread ideas. There are also numerous Facebook groups, although some are well beyond my ability.
What I love about the bullet journal is how you can use it for just about anything, there are no limits. You can track your weight loss, finances, moods, and even compile a chore rota. It can be as plain or as colourful as you choose, though you’ll see that I have gone for the latter (washi tape addict).
It doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby either, which is always a bonus. The majority of the tapes shown above are from Poundland, while the others are from The Works (my downfall). What I love about washi tape is that not only does it make your spreads more colourful, it also covers up any mistakes – essential for a perfectionist like myself. Shown below is an example.
As you can probably see, art has never been my forte, but the washi tape has helped to cover up a tail that dangerously resembled something else (I’m sure you can guess). While I won’t be entering any competitions anytime soon, being a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, I wanted to include one of my favourite quotes.
However, if you’re not a fan of drawing, there is always the option of cutting and sticking in any pictures that take your fancy – this is your bullet journal remember. Shown below is an example of a spread that I’ve done on places that I’d like to visit, if I am ever to overcome depersonalisation disorder and agoraphobia, that is. It is always important to set goals, and have something to strive for.
Something that do I highly recommend doing, though, is a ‘brain dump’, another initiative that I came across on Pinterest. While I am aware that we each have our own ways of self-expression, I, myself, have found that simply writing down my thoughts and feelings isn’t always effective. You can change the design in question to suit your own personal preferences, but consequently the idea will be the same. I, myself, will be including one every 5 pages or so, mood-dependent.
And finally, regarding the journal itself, mine was purchased for £6 from Amazon, although, as is always the case with Amazon, the price has since changed. What I love about it is how it is both hardback and the pages are fairly thick, making it perfect for using pens.
So, here we go, my summary of using a bullet journal. I hope that, if you do choose to start your own, it is as effective for you as it has been for me – I have even introduced my brother and my care coordinator to the craft.
If you already have your own, I would love to read some of your ideas in the comments.