bullet journal?

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Nola
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anyone?

I can't make up my mind on it, but thought I'd give it a go. I have far too many perfect, pristine, untouched beautiful notebooks. I love notebooks, but can hardly bear to mar them with my scribblings. 
the layout in these seems flexible enough I think I could let go of my need to keep them pristine, and worry about if I've left enough space for what I'm writing in, since you can just go to the next availiable page etc. it seems quite fluid. 

all the same, I have a level of notebook control freakery that I have ordered another one specifically to use for this, as it does appear that the dotted grid ones work best aesthetically and for flexibility with them. 

and, any excuse for another lovely notebook....

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Hi Nola Nice to hear from

Hi Nola

Nice to hear from you again! If you don't mind my asking but what is a bullet journal?
I am also a fan of note books. I have a few as well!

I use a note pad to record my thoughts so I'm guessing it is something like that?

Lou xx

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it's something that people

it's something that people have been talking about for a while, but I wasn't really sure what it entailed. then recently someone on my facebook mentioned it, and I decided to look into it more. 
initially it seemed really confusing, but the more I looked at about it, the more flexible it seems. 
they describe it as being a cross between a diary, a planner and a to do list. 

it mostly uses a system of differently symboled bullet points to indicate different types of note, and then you can alter them when tasks have been carried out, or moved, or cancelled. 

sounds complicated, at first glance it is, but the more you see how other people are making them work for them,the easier it is to picture using one and finding it useful. 

aside from the bullets, lots of people make them very creative and pretty, bordering on a scrap book, with nice quotes, lists of books they want to read, fims they want to watch, things they want to do etc. and activity and acheivement trackers for anything from weight loss to saving money, or drinking enough water each day. 

it's worth looking into for a while. 
I was quite interested, then less so when I went to the main website that explains it, and was a bit disappointed by what it actually was. I'd hoped it was something more creative than that, based on glimpses I'd seen of it mentioned. 
then I looked into it more, saw more of the creative stuff, and decided it's worth at least trying it out. 

http://bulletjournal.com/

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Hi Nola, Thanks for the link,

Hi Nola,

Thanks for the link, I´ll take a look as I was wondering the same as Lou as I´d not heard of these before. They sound really interesting. Good luck with your bulleting! smiley

Nola
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so far I'm enjoying it. :)

so far I'm enjoying it. :) it's very flexible, and I am delighted with a page where I have drawn pots for various things I am saving for, and plants growing out of them with leaves for every £5 increment of that amount,  and colour in a leaf each time I reach a £5 mark. 
:) it's pretty and satisfying. 

made a tracker for the month for marking off days I manage to meditate, do yoga, drink 2 bottles of water (my water bottle holds about 1 litre) do some tidying and cleaning etc. gives me more incentive to do them so I can mark off the square, and not have too many gaps in the month. 

all going well so far. much more versatile than a straightforward diary

 

 

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well, I am REALLY geting a

well, I am REALLY geting a lot out of using my bullet journal. it's so useful, but also allows me to be quite creative too when I want to, and it satisfies some of my stationery addict urges very nicely too. I get to use nice pens, washi tape, and the like. and to pull out a nice notebook when I want to check things. 
so all is good, I definitely recommend it

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I'm going to do this!!

Nola, thank you for sharing this. I had not heard of bullet Journaling before and I'm now enthusiastic about starting! I also love notebooks and writing down my thoughts,To Do lists, and cosmic orders..and more. I usually buy a thick notebook from Paperchase and write everything in it. I went onto the link and decided I must try this as I like the way it's organised and it looks fun

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hope you enjoy it as much as

hope you enjoy it as much as I am. I thought I'd left it at my mums last night, and this morning I was rather lost without it. then I found I'd just put it in a different bag than usual. phew. 
I've come up with a brilliant tracker for a kitchen inventory. I have far too much in my herb and spice shelves, and often I can't remember what I've run out of
so I have a massive list, and when I run out, the column gets a / so at the shop, I can just pull out the book to check what I need to buy. when I buy it, I make it an X . next time I run out, the next column gets a / etc. 
I'm also keeping track of all my finances, have a fairly typical picture of a bookshelf to fill in with books I want to read, and colour them in when I have, trackers for various things I aim to do every day or at least on a regular basis, and a page for my daily card draws etc. 

that and my monthly and weekly planners, and my bullet lists day by day. it's creative, it's organised. I think this is definitely something I'll be keeping up.

there's some good facebook groups for inspiration. bullet journal junkies is good, but there are some purists in there, that keep posting snidey comments that people should just stick to the exact system described on the website and not expand on it, but most people are happy to share inspiration, clever ideas, pretty pages etc. 

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Hi Nola

I'm inspired, thank you for the tips. It will help me organise my projects more. My current lists of things to do, thoughts, etc was all mixed together; I had some kind of system before where I would use post-its to refer back to the page. So the Bullet Journal is just right for me too as it will give structure. I'm looking forward to choosing the notebook too, which I'll be doing soon. Warm wishes, Kxx

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I like the ones with a dot

I like the ones with a dot grid, as they don't look cluttered if you want to do some sketching, or any kind of grids, but there's just enough to keep you writing in straight lines, and get grids and charts lined up nicely. the dots are more versatile than lined, but tidier than plain. 
I have a nice bluey green Moleskine. softcover, and the perfect size to pop in the front pocket of my satchel

 

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I've been using bullet

I've been using bullet journals to keep track of my readings for about three months now, but i'm afraid it's not very pretty ahaha.