Sunday, 27. November 2016

Getting started with bullet journaling

I started using 2 old notebooks. they had been given to me as presents, and they have "feminism passport" printed on them ;)
first, I changed the exterior of the books a little, adding "queer" and changing the venus symbol into a girlfag symbol.

The first thing I actually did was to use one of the little books to track the time I work. I'm working in a bakers collective and often I get confused about how much and how often I work. So at the end of the week I feel like I did not enough to explain the exhaustion and tiredness.
For the first 2 weeks, I only made little notes every day of what I did for work and how many hours it took. Then I started to do it as a weekly spread, without any particular setup, noting what I did for work on the left page and what I did in my other time on the right page.

That worked really well for me. I could get an overview of how many hours of work I actually do, and it explained why I felt tired after a long week. What also astonished me was how many things I still could do in my other time. I felt more accomplished and less inclined to beat myself up. I started to enjoy all of my time more, the working hours and my free time.

That was when I started Bullet Journaling for real: Jules talked about messy bullet journaling in their podcast (here: and I felt instantly at home: I am really inspired by the artsy, orderly Bujos everyone in the community seems to have, but I couldn't keep up myself if I did that.
So I joined the "messy bullet journals" group on

Now about 3 weeks have passed and I begin to have something like a setup.
My first book will stay as it is. I want to keep the work/free time tracking separate.
The other book started out with "dailies" - Daily pages where all the tasks and notes are written down. I had no monthly log and no future log and no index and nothing in the beginning. I just used a page per day, writing to do's for that day and migrating to do's I didn't get done to the next day.

The downside to this was that I got lost in the daily stuff. I needed a monthly page to write down some monthly goals and to do's there, so I would not have a perfectly clean cat litter box at all times but forget about important work related dates.

So I added an index and a monthly log. I had to glue in paper to make my index, I had not left blank pages for it. The next thing I added was a yoga tracker. I'm still happy with that :)
I write down my yoga practice in my "done list" book as well, but it's much neater to have it all on one page.

On to some pictures:

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This is my bullet journal right now. It's very small and I decorated the cover after a while. I use a derwent graphik line maker fineliner in 0.2. The only reason I use this fineliner is that it turned out to be not waterproof. I have a collection of black ink fineliners, and I use them for sketching in combination with watercolors. This one is useless for that and so I was glad to put it to use here.

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The index pages. I had to glue them down several times, because the glue stick dried and then the paper came off again.

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These are some daily pages and embedded in there is a collection: a grocery list for smoothie making. I didn't buy all of the stuff, but I wrote down what I would need for some recipes at - I highly recommend her recipes! tasty stuff!

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That's what my yoga tracker looks like.

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I was inspired by Boho Berry to start a gratitude log in december, and this is the page I set up for it.

I think that's pretty much it.
New things can be added as the need arises. In the meantime, it works really well for me and I don't have to worry as much about forgetting things.
I also tend to get less overloaded with tasks because I have an overview of what's going on, and I don't keep adding more and more if my days are already full.

For a calendar to keep track of dates, I don't use the bullet journal. I have a google calendar which is synced between all my devices and the computer, and which also contains the google calendar of my partner. So we can see when we are busy and can plan our weeks around each other.

tiny yoga disclaimer: I'm doing yoga but I think it's good to be aware that this is a field where a lot of cultural appropriation takes place, and I would like to encourage everyone who loves yoga and happens to be white and living in a western society, to learn more about it and think about representation, power dynamics and their own role as a white person in yoga traditions. I try do do this myself. some useful info can be found at

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