September 11, 2017

Great Resources for Bullet Journaling and Planning

If you follow me on any form of social media, you probably know how much I love planning and keeping organized. If I don't write things down on paper, I feel lost, and I lose momentum throughout the day. And yes, I am one of those people who writes easy things like "shower" on my to-do list in order to feel the accomplishment of just crossing something off.

I have been sort of bullet journaling for a few years, even before I knew what that term meant. I always tape important things into my planners, color code, use special symbols and abbreviations. And listing in general. I've been doing that since I exited the womb.

But now that I know WHAT bullet journaling is, and how to customize my planners and journals to fit my needs, I feel more productive than ever. Important information comes with me everywhere, and it is easy for me to reference.

I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite resources that pertain to bullet journaling and planning. You can really use most of these tips and layouts no matter what you are writing in.


Instagram

The #bujo community is strong, y'all. I follow a couple of accounts and absolutely love the aesthetic that some people create in their journals and planners. Mine look nothing like that in real life, but the ideas are great. I've tried a couple of different things that some of these accounts regularly use, but I just can't seem to either keep it up, or devote the time to doing it right in the first place.

Some accounts that I love and follow are @Lissa_Letters, @BulletbyMalin, and @MapleBujo. You can also check out the awesome tags #bujoinspo, #bulletjournallove, and #bulletjournaljunkies.

Facebook

There are a ton of groups devoted to bullet journaling and planning. Two that I belong to are Bullet Journal Junkies, and We Love Day Designers. Personally, I have these two groups muted because there are SO many people in them I was getting notifications all the time. But they are really good to check in with if you need inspiration or have a question about almost anything related.

Pinterest

Everyone knows that some of the best visual resources are on Pinterest. I have searched so many times for specific layouts, and have found what I was looking for every time. I also sometimes want printables for my planner/notebook, and this is a great place to find them. I always search for free printables, but if you want to invest in something for your planner or journal, you can definitely find that as well.

Check out my board filled with bullet journal ideas and resources here:


Supplies

What supplies you use for your journal or planner is a hugely hot topic in both the bullet journal and planning communities. Everyone has their own opinions and tips for what you should do, but at the end of the day, it is totally up to you. The truth is, all you need to create a functioning planner or bullet journal is paper and a writing utensil. Lots of people make lots of money on this stuff, and I don't blame them, but it is just what you want for your journal and budget.

I like to get my pens, washi tape, and other fun odds and ends from either Michaels, JoAnns or Amazon. MAKE SURE that you are using a coupon when you purchase at a craft store. I tend to pick up a few things when they are on sale, and that makes me feel better about not spending too much money.

For planners, I like to use a Day Designer, but I just purchased one of Kelsey's new Peacock Paper Planners! I am so excited to try it out, and can't wait to get my hands on it. For notebooks I like to use this Book Factory Ghost Grid Dot Journal. I have used a couple of different sizes, and prefer the 5.5x8.5. I find that it lasts a long time, the paper is good, and it is pretty inexpensive.

Do you use a bullet journal or planner? What are some of your favorite resources?

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