I have been using the Bullet Journal System for the last 2 years. I have used different notebooks, I started in a Filofax but quickly moved away from that system because I couldn’t find a thin printable high-quality paper that I could use in my Laser printer. After using the Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook A5 Hardcover Dotted that you can purchase from places like Goulet Pens. I recommend them because they have great customer service and the turn around is great.not to mention they have a great pen selection for fountain pen lovers.
I currently use a notebook by Nanami Paper called the crossfield, it is 480page, 5mm, A5 sized, tome river paper, dot grid notebook. The paper has a beautiful feeling to the touch. It loves fountain pen ink (although it dries slower than other paper, but they give you a blotting page), and watercolor.
I roughly use the Ryder Carrol system and you can find out more at his website Bullet Journal. What I love about the system is that it is very flexible and allows you to take control over your own time. I use other products to combine it with my notebook to help me keep on track. The inserts I get from DIYFish on Esty, she has great inserts for Filofax or midori style notebooks. I use Hyperdex Stamp Set and I use 2017 / A5 1-year Calendar / fold into A5 – Inserts Refills Filofax Binder Collins.
I use my Bullet Journal in a different way, because not only do I use it for planning, track tracking, I use it for everything. It’s the one book that comes with me everywhere.
- Note taking at meetings – in conjunction with OneNote (I will do a separate Blog post about this.
- Note taking – for articles, books, or blog posts
- Brian dump for ideas, understanding.
- Mindmapping. great for designing courses and helping faculty
- Everyday tasks and reminders. I use this in conjunction with Outlook.
Here are images from my October 2016 set up.
I try to make each month my own. I like to add the Moon Phases for my spiritual work, add paydays, holidays, time off, or anything that is important to me. The point of this is to make it work for you. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just something that you will use.
I do like to use watercolors in my journal. I currently use Prima
Watercolors, They come in pan form and easy to store in a bag. It’s a great way to add emphases to your entries or to de-stress.
To the right is how I use DIY stamps for my daily time tracking and tasks. I have one week on two pages I really like this because I can quickly see what I need to do, and, well, what hasn’t.
been done. I use the time tracker because I want to see my sleeping habits and time spent on projects. I do color code by using a
pentel mechanical pencil that has an assortment of 8 colors.
I really love the system and encourage everyone who loves pen and paper to give it a try. I love technology as well and do use tech tools as much as I can. I think of my Bullet Journal as my collection of ideas, that I can then enter into the digital world. Below you will find my YouTube Video which walks through my just completed Bullet Journal.