Bullet Journaling as a form of self-care
I was one of those people who bought 3 or 4 planners a year, starting all of them, finishing none of them. I was constantly on the lookout for one that worked for me, that I was going to be able to stick with and use.
In September 2015 I heard about Bullet Journaling, a method of planning and journaling invented by Ryder Carroll (bulletjournal.com, @bulletjournal on Instagram, @rydercarroll on Instagram). Folks, this was my UNICORN planner!
It has worked like no other plan has ever worked for me! I’ve been consistently using mine since September 2015 without a break. I’m on my 5th volume, although a lot of people use one or more journals a year. I don’t need that much space but I’m loving every page.
I use it for everyday tasks, record events, make lists (oh boy, do I make lists!), keep quotes, manage projects, keep data like car insurance account numbers, vaccination dates, surgery dates, medical information, etc.
This has allowed me to plan a skin care regimen for myself, plan a gym routine that I’ve been sticking to for almost a year, keep track of all the books I’ve read, and I’ve almost never missed a birthday or an anniversary!
Ryder’s version is very minimalist, no stickers or drawing or tape. But there are accounts where the entire book is a work of art (not mine!). Just look up bullet journaling – you can make it whatever you want it to be! It can be a tool to control the chaos in your life, it can be a journal for your mental health, it can be a record of anything and everything important to you.
Here are two clips where I speed through so you can see a little of what I do in mine. If anyone wants more information, just reach out. I can easily take some close up photos of pages…