Tuesday, March 15, 2016

My Journey to Bullet Journaling

Thank you Two Writing Teachers for creating this space for me to share my corner of the world.

About the same time I decided on my one little word for 2016, I also came across this phenomena called bullet journaling.  I was intrigued by this idea for several reasons.  I want need to be more organized.  The older I get, the more I forget and I need help to get it together.  I want to keep a notebook where I can keep blog post ideas, quotes, snippets of my life, scripture verses and other things.  All of these things seem to be everywhere except in one place.  Most importantly, I want this year to have more intent.  I want to pay more attention to the things that matter.  

All of this fits into a bullet journal.

So what's a bullet journal?  

A bullet journal is an organizational system that teaches you to do more with less.  

"For the list-makers, the note-takers, the Post-it note pilots, the artful organizers, the dabbling doodlers.  Bullet Journal is for those who feel there are few platforms as powerful as the blank paper page.  It's an analog system for the digital age that will help you organize the present, record the past, and place for the for the future." 
~ Ryder Carrol, Inventor of the Bullet Journal

My Bullet Journal Beginning

I ordered my bullet journal on January 20th, thinking I would start in February.  The expected delivery date was March 7th...so much for starting in February.

March 7th came and went...with no journal.  I didn't pay attention to the seller when I ordered it on Amazon.  I began doing some research on Amazon and it appeared that I was not the only one who was not receiving their journals on time.  I read complaint after complaint about the same issues I was having.  I finally emailed the seller and told them to cancel my order and refund my money.  So much for starting in March.

Yesterday, I bought a squared Moleskin journal.  It is not what I wanted, but I want to get started with this new type of journaling.  How about starting in April?

More Information on Bullet Journaling

If you are interested in reading more about bullet journaling then check out these websites:

Follow Me on My Journey

I plan to blog about my journey to bullet journaling.  I hope you follow along.  Maybe even grab a notebook and pen and start with me!  I AM starting in April!

"Notebooks are my canvas.

When I write in them, I dare.

Dare to create.

To make.

To plan.

They're a creative
playground where you 
breathe life into ideas."

~ Ryder Carroll


  1. I feel your disappointment in the late start, but better late than never! You will do great with bullet journaling!

  2. I will be following your journey with this. I've been watching and looking a little bit at bullet journaling, but haven't done much serious reading about it. Thanks!

  3. Leigh Anne, funny that you mentioned this type of notetaking. I started a pad with ideas for blog posts, titles of workshops, and tidbits. While I am the queen of scraps of paper here and there, I decided that in my quest to become more organized I would keep a notebook with tabs. Yesterday, at a conference we were all provided with a brand new journal. I will make it my own and start filling the pages. I will also read through the resources you have provided. Thanks again. Last week I liked your PicMonkey Currently I'm idea and this week bullet journaling. In my post (http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2016/03/this-weeks-bests.html), I credited you for helping me design a new template.

  4. I started bullet journaling this month. I kept reading everything I could find and even started a Pinterest board with ideas. I love that everything is in one spot. (although I still keep my writer's notebook handy)

  5. Bullet Journaling ROCKS!!! Check out Kate Messner's blog. She has posted about it. That's where I learned. I'm so glad you have a notebook and you're starting. I can't wait to see where this takes you. I get to see it IRL in June!! Woo Hoo!!!

  6. I've been using a bullet journal for about a year and I love it. It keeps me organized, everything is in one place, and I love a daily to-do list. Like Michelle, I also learned from reading Kate Messner's blog. Good luck!

  7. I have started and stopped bullet journaling. I wish I had kept it up. Maybe you will inspire me to start again. Can't wait to hear more about your journey.

  8. I will be curious to see how this works for you! Good luck

  9. I am also interested in bullet journaling! I am a writer's notebook type, but "notebook" means four or 5 notebooks. I tried the Passion Planner, which I LOVE, but I'm still pretty awful about actually writing down. Maybe if I bullet journal I'll like it better...

  10. This sounds intriguing...I'll have to look at the sources you listed after school.

  11. I guess I need to investigate this more. I'd never heard of it. Just be ready in June to share your journal and talk about it. Meet you at the gazebo after the author dinner? :-)

  12. I'm so intrigued by the idea of bullet journaling (which is something that's completely new to me). Sounds like something we might want to share with our readers on TWT once you figure it out. Perhaps you'd like to do a guest blog post at some point this fall... Email me if you're interested.

  13. Bullet Journaling - I've tried it but alas my mind isn't that organized, nor am I that disciplined. I hope it brings you the organization that you want.

  14. I've never heard of it! Thanks for the post. I'm going to research this. I'm a Post-it Note junkie. There's GOT to be a better way! Jennifer Sniadecki

  15. I've heard a lot about bullet journaling, but have never tried it. Maybe I'll join you!! :)

  16. Fun, fun stuff! You could probably rope some SOL bloggers into joining you as a novice! Post a picture of your naked journal. I'm curious which exact one you chose.

  17. I've been waiting to take the plunge to try bullet journaling. I've been reading blog after blog and looking them up on pinterest like crazy. I just can't seem to get started. I'd like to incorporate my planner into it, to keep it all in one place. Please keep us posted on your journey! I might have to join you or for sure follow you!

  18. I had read about bullet journaling here http://www.katemessner.com/bullet-journaling-childrens-author-version/ and was intrigued. I will definitely follow your journey...and I might just join you!

  19. I plunged recklessly in with a second hand spiral notebook (student joined class, student left class, notebook remained) and my own categories. The main thing I'm doing is making a table of contents so I can find my various lists. I'm really liking it for that!