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You Need to Get Organised (Using a Bullet Journal)

Written by Channon Gray

Getting organised will reduce your stress levels, increase productivity, allow more time for focusing on personal wellbeing as well as ensuring that you never miss a deadline, appointment or event ever again; the bullet journal system can assist you into achieving absolute organisation goals like you’d never believe!

I’ll be honest, up until recently, I have lived my life in a field of chaos; although I always knew what I was doing/where I was going, my time management skills and productivity success wasn’t exactly sky-rocketing. One of my 2018 resolutions was to be more in charge of my life, on-top of getting tasks done and aim to fulfil as many goals as possible. The bullet journal system has helped me to begin to achieve these things.

Bullet Journalling…

Bullet journalling can be as simple or as creative as you’d like it to be. I cannot resist doodling or sneaking out my hoards of washi tape. But I agree, this way of organising isn’t for everyone. Many people like simple journal layouts using only a notebook and black pen; and that is the beauty of this, a bullet journal is designed to suit EVERYONE and ANYONE!

Thing’s to consider when using a bullet journal to get organised:

  • It’s is supposed to contain everything you need it to. For example grocery lists, to-do lists, household cleaning trackers, goals, habits, appointments, events and random notes. It satisfies all the organisational requirements.
  • First things first, if you need help setting up a bullet journal then I have written a guide on how to do so here!
  • You need a ‘future log’. This is a place to store upcoming memorable dates or appointments. I’ll leave a photo of mind below!

  • Plan ahead if you need to. You might be thinking, but how on earth can I plan ahead in a bullet journal? Well, simply set up your spreads in advance. I have every week in my journal up until the beginning of May but they are what I like to call ‘skeleton spreads’; they are undecorated, dated weekly layouts with enough space left in between weeks for everything else I like to add at a later date (notes, memories, monthly calendars, expense trackers, etc).

It’s flexible, customisable and forgiving system of organisation to use. If you miss a week, it doesn’t matter. If you make a mistake, then simply move on. Likewise, if a certain spread or layout doesn’t work for you, then just change it next time or forget it completely!

The Bullet Journal is Accessible!
  • The bullet journal is highly accessible to all and it takes some time to get used to it. I enjoy mine for the creative and wellbeing element it offers me when planning the future. Meanwhile, others get a kick out of its capacity for simplicity. There is no right or wrong way to ‘bullet journal’.

Finding happiness in creativity can help improve your mental health and well-being dramatically. Bullet Journalling is the creative key to feeling happier and getting organised. It can reduce stress, anxiety and alleviate depression. Bullet Journalling can be simple or as creative as you want it to be. It is a place to track habits, weight-loss, gratitude, goals, etc. // heythereChannon - www.channongray.com #bulletjournal #mentalhealth #findinghappiness

Some spread ideas to get you started:

I would research, set-up and utilise some of the following spreads when first getting started on a bullet journal. This list will help you to stay productive and organised!

  1. Yearly calendar at a glance.
  2. Key – a personalised key to suit your planning needs.
  3. Goals page – this enables you set targets and focus on them.
  4. Future log.
  5. Birthday’s log.
  6. Any weight-loss or financial trackers you might wish to have documented.
  7. Monthly layouts.
  8. Weekly layouts.
  9. Expenses trackers.
  10. Habit trackers.
  11. Important notes pages.
  12. Motivational quotes pages.

Hopefully, this list will help you assist finding an absolutely organised life. If you have any further bullet journal advice or organisation tips, please leave them below or if you’d like to contact me then you can do so here.

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Finding happiness in creativity can help improve your mental health and well-being dramatically. Bullet Journalling is the creative key to feeling happier and getting organised. It can reduce stress, anxiety and alleviate depression. Bullet Journalling can be simple or as creative as you want it to be. It is a place to track habits, weight-loss, gratitude, goals, etc. // heythereChannon - www.channongray.com #bulletjournal #mentalhealth #findinghappiness #productivity #wellbeing #mindfulness #organised #organisationmethods #organizationmethods

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Channon Gray

Hi, my name is Channon and yes, it's spelt wrong, but that is interesting right? I'm 21 years young. I like to write, create art and travel. Cornish bumpkin who studied in London. I'm now a Graduate Student, Stationery Addict and all round Life Enthusiast.

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Josy A
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I love the look of these and I’d love buying all the stationary to get organised BUT I know I’d spend so long making it pretty, that I wouldn’t actually get any more organised!! ;)

I am so impressed with people that can do this though!!

JLyn
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I’ve been considering a bullet journal for a while and finally started yesterday. I’m still figuring out what’s going to work for me, but so far I love it. I love your ideas!

jennyinneverland
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At the beginning of this year I planned to make a bullet journey but I’m not arty and I don’t have the patience for all the “prettiness”. So what I do have is pretty much just a glorified notebook but I’m using it to organise my blog posts etc and I love it. Although I’m a super organised person anyway xxx

Ashley Busby
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I did not do well with Bullet Journaling. Props to you for being able to!!

Audrey
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I’ve never heard or used a bullet journal, but I’m so OCD and need to be organized and this makes me want to start bullet journaling!! Love it!

Talisa
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This post is right up my street Channon! I’m also a stationery addict and I’ve fallen in absolute love with bullet journaling. I mostly use it for list making (I always have tons) and writing down goals, ideas, etc. Then my more traditional planner is for my daily tasks and reminders. I’m buying a new bujo soon and absolutely adore the Copper colour of the Leuchtturm. Going to Ryman’s soon to get one!

Jana
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I love my bullet journal for the creativity, but I really need to use it more for organizing and forming better habits. How do you keep up with it? Do you journal at a set time every day? Review in the morning or another time?

Emily - Waking Up At Noon
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I seriously need to give bullet journaling a go, yours looks so cute!

Emily – http://www.wakingupatnoon.com

Kayla
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I think it’s about time I start bullet journaling! My planner is currently a hot mess… thanks for all the info!

Brenda
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I have used a bullet journal for about a year and half and love it. Not as detailed as your but has kept me on track. Just started a new one this month so excited and yes used Washi tape!!

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