So throughout this process you have all read my idea of making a bullet journal, but what is a bullet journal? The main website where Bullet Journals seem to have cropped up from says a bullet journal is “a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.” (source) I could really get behind this idea of combining my sketchbooks, reading list, doodles, schedule, and aspirations into one place that is whatever I make it. I wanted to let go of my need for over-organizing and have one go-to spot for all the things that make me happy. (Ok my schedule doesn’t always make me happy, but being able to flip the page and look at my reading list does!)
There are plenty of ideas out there, especially on Pinterest about what one can do with a bullet journal (the answer is anything and everything). My favorite idea so far is to make a page with swatches of all your nail polishes and the name of them, so that way, when you want to paint your nails you can look in the journal quickly rather than digging through your tub of polish to pick a color! Below are some of my bullet journal designs that I am beginning to work on and add to.
The first thing I did was create a code for my journal. Something simple that was also specific so I would know exactly what each item meant. Some journals have different variations of dots to mean different things, and while that might work for some people, I wanted specifics. So a drop of water signifies every glass of water I have had that day, a barbel to show whether I exercised or not, etc. The best part about bullet journals is doing whatever you want with them. Does my code seem overly complicated and confusing? That’s ok! You are free to do whatever you want with your journal.
I also added a goal section of making a gratitude list every day. I left plenty of pages after it so that I can fill them up. Since I wasn’t a big fan of putting tabs on my bullet journal to know where the sections are, I utilized scrapbook paper to start my section. This way, it is super easy to tell where the section starts as the page is thicker. I also created a page for designs exemplifying my bucket list for the year. I added some that I had already done as a way to look back on the entire year, and added new bucket list adventures like fishing!
I also added tangible goals. These were either things I already had in the works or one’s I wanted to work extra hard to meet. They say that writing your goals down actually helps manifest them into happening, so we’ll see if it works better than me trying to keep a memory of them in my head.
You really and truly can do anything with your bullet journal that you can think of.
Implementing as an activity in your library:
- Gather stickers, markers, scrap paper, colored pencils, etc. to allow patrons easy access to beginning their bullet journal.
- Consider printing out some ideas from Pinterest to have on tables for patrons who are having difficulty coming up with something creative.
- Have bookmarks for your library available for your patrons to take and use in their bullet journal.
Graduate student in Masters of Library and Information Science programming trying to save the world one book at a time.