This blog post has been in the works for ages! I’ve spoken so many times about how much I love using my bullet journal and finally here is a post all about how I use it.
If you’re not already familiar with what a bullet journal is, try checking out the official Bullet Journal website. To be honest, that version of bullet journalling didn’t really inspire me and it wasn’t until I started to see how creative people were getting with their journals that I decided to give it a try.
I’d always been more of a digital girl loving Evernote as a tool for keeping me organised. However, going back to pen and paper has been an experience, and now I can’t imagine not using my journal daily! I use a LEUCHTTURM 1917 dotted notebook, at least for the moment. You can use any old notebook though!
*Apologies for my shocking handwriting!
So here is a breakdown of how I use my bullet journal, with specific tips on how I use it for my health and wellbeing:
I focus on goals and habits and create this spread anew each month. You’ll see that I first start with a habit tracker, which is a graph with the days of the month down one axis and the things I’d like to track along another axis, in this case:
- Moves (30 minutes movement)
- Veggies (veggies with each main meal excl breakfast)
- Protein (protein with each main meal)
- Joy time (basically doing something that brings me pure joy)
- Mindful eats (i.e. not overeating)
- EFT (tapping)
Also: coffee, energy, mood and sleep
I also add the moon phases down the side next to the days of the month as I love staying in tune with the moon. I also mark when I have my period on that axis. When it comes to completing the tracker, I just shade in when I’ve completed a habit, and leave it blank when I haven’t. Alternatively, as you’ll see, I sometimes use a number (which is a scale of 1-10) to rate things like sleep, energy and mood. Coffee is simply the number of coffees I have! The reason I LOVE the habit tracker is that you can see at a glance what’s not happening and adjust things very quickly. You’re also able to see a picture of how balanced you are, as well as being able to spot patterns. There is, of course, a great satisfaction in shading all of your boxes!
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The habits / things you track can be completely bespoke to you, so try thinking about your non-negotiable habits that have a really positive knock-on effect on your wellbeing.
The other half of the monthly spread is a list of intentions / goals, etc.
I usually break things down into overall intentions, biz goals, wish list and things to do, and often I’m much more detailed than this, but hopefully you get the gist! Basically I use this page to get super intentional about how I want my month to look.
Some people also do a weekly spread, I simply list out all that week’s ‘to-dos’ and also add in an oracle card I draw for the week. But let’s jump straight into the daily spread.
I start with a list of what needs doing that day, and cross it off as I go. I also use it as a basic food journal so I list out what I’ve eaten in the bottom corner. Then comes gratitude, each day I like to write down 3 things I’m grateful for. To finish off, I add a little symbol to indicate what the weather has been like. I think it’s a simple thing that will be nice to look back on and also helpful for noticing patterns when matched up with the habit tracker.
In the back of my bullet journal I have listed out simple meal ideas and meal variations for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and dessert so I always have ideas. I’ve also used it to list out items in my capsule wardrobe, reminders of things for joy time and my treat smart list.
My bullet journal is pretty lo-fi, but if you have the time it can turn into a real art project. Take a look at my bullet journal board on Pinterest for lots of inspiration!
The beauty of the bullet journal is that it adapts to you. My problem with other planners is that they never seemed to fit exactly what I needed from them, so the bullet journal was a welcome alternative. Although I use a notebook now, I am wondering if the system I use would translate into a prettier desk planner like the Ban.do Agenda.
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Would you try the bullet journal style of habit tracking?
This sounds very interesting when you want something that’s tailored for you. It does look very easy too! I specifically love the graph of habit trackers, it would be very useful to me. I was looking forward this post and I’m really keen on trying this thing out. As always, thanks for the great ideas, Laura!
I’ve been using a bullet journal since Jan 1st and have found it really helpful and I especially like the habit tracker. It’s great to see at a glance what is working and what needs to improve.
Thanks for a great post as always,
I tried this a few weeks ago by checking out bullet journals on Pinterest but found the really arty ones a bit intimidating. I felt like they’d take me ages to even write out let alone competed any of the tasks. I love your simple, real life version. This evening I dug out my notebook again and am going to give it a go. Thanks, Laura, great post as always. x
I don’t really get this… is it just an elaborately design to-do list?? I’ve looked on the website but it just seems a bit convoluted. I have the Wunderlist app on my phone and that has been a lifesaver for me. I think this Bullet thing is just a bit too much of a faff for me! I’d forget what bullet points I’d need for different things. Looks cool though but it’s not for me I think!
I like the habit tracking idea! I have yet to start a bujo, feeling intimidated!
Laura, I love your handwriting haha! I’ve never really looked into bullet journals, and whilst I like to think of myself as pretty organised, I don’t think I’m organised enough to do something like start one up. However, I like the idea of tracking your habits/mood etc and that’s something I want to keep more on top of and see if it links with anything else I’ve tracked that day..
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