Bullet Journaling How I Adore Thee

In my last post, I mentioned reading The Bullet Journal Method. I adore the idea of bullet journaling, but I need the flexibility of rings. And the fact that the Mead Flex binder also bends back like a spiral notebook makes it even better.

I’m in several Bullet Journaling Facebook groups and several people have shown how they are doing bullet journaling in rings. But no one can really tell me if they’re going to archive their pages or not. One of the points of Bullet Journaling is to be able to look back on past entries, thoughts, and ideas for reflection purposes.

I definitely use the Collections aspect of the method. So that will continue regardless of if I make the experiment work or continue using my current set up.

One notion of bullet journaling I’m not a fan of is setting up my week or in this case, drawing it out every week since the vertical weekly layout works for me. I may have found a work around. Something I’ll update you on later.

When I started using a Traveler’s Notebook, I knew I wanted a Bullet Journal-style collections section, but it was going to have to be a separate notebook. I started one in the Chic Sparrow Wide TN (“Collections”), and have been working on filling it up.

It’s taken me longer to fill up the first notebook than I initially thought it would to be honest. I’m currently up to page 78 of 99 in Collections #1, so it won’t be too much longer. Also, Collections #1 is more for long-term lists.

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Table of Contents

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Ran out of room on the TOC, so I started an Index in the back.

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Blog Posts on Deck list

If I have multiple posts ready to go, I put them here so I have a reminder.

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List of Blog pictures and videos needed.

This is really handy, since I batch sessions of filming and taking pictures.

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My Bucket List, which is an upcoming post.

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My Blog Editorial Calendar set up

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During #onebookJuly2016, I did add a second collections notebook to the CS Maverick TN I was using, with the idea of it being for more short-term / temporary lists.

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Very messy Table of Contents

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I left the next two pages blank as well, for the Table of Contents to continue.

An example of my Running To Do list

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Blog Post Ideas list

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Other Collections pages, where I noted things that would need to be transferred post-#onebookJuly2016. I still haven’t done that…shame on me.

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This post was originally written June 23. It’s now Sept. 21. I still have not finished the first Collections notebook. I think I’m on page 83 or 85.

YouTube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTV6YQd5IO0

If you have long term lists, how do you keep track of them? Phone app? Loose-leaf paper? Post-its everywhere?

© Cori Large 23 June 2016

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Alright, people, #onebookJuly2016 is over and I get to play with all of my traveler’s notebooks again! I’ve reset and reorganized them since I have a new one (Foxy Fix LP#5).

From smallest to largest:

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ZLYC Passport: story ideas insert, brain dump insert, and temporary lists insert.

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Fabric Dori: gardening insert, homesteading insert, and book notes insert.

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Foxy Fix Marina Le Petit #5: empty notebook, The Master To Do List, and Projects insert.

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ZLYC Narrow: Yellow Paper House’s 2016 Monthly booklet, kraft folder, 31 day journaling booklet, and a daily notebook for my daily set ups.

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Chic Sparrow Maverick: Collections #1, Collections #2, Knitting Notes, blank notebook, and Blogging notebook.

The wonderful things about TNs is that I can change things out and around on a whim, a lot easier than when I was in rings.

I carry the ZLYC passport and narrow with me. The Foxy Fix may come with me occasionally, but it depends on the day. And the Fabric Dori and the Maverick stay at home.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lmeraUGj5w

What’s everyone else using to stay organized?

© Cori Large 6 August 2016

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I made the video to go along with this post back in December, and then promptly forgot to write the post. Ironic since I blog mainly about planners and being organized, but what can you do?

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I’ve dabbled in bullet journaling and that I enjoy the concept. However, I couldn’t get past just how unstructured the system was. I need a little bit of structure. So I decided when I started a new journal, I would set it up how I thought a bullet journal should be set up—well, to make it work for me at least.

Here’s the video link so you can see what it looked like before I started using it: https://youtu.be/12GscRLft7s

I’m about half way through the journal, which isn’t saying much, since all my set ups took up about 2/3 of the pages. This journal is also college ruled, something I don’t care for in journals, but I loved the cover sooooo much I made an exception for the paper.

How I set this journal up:

MO2P—24 pages for December 2015 to December 2016 monthly set ups.

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WO1P—52 weekly set ups. I tried to vary the design.

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Then I started the collections/journaling/dailies section. I didn’t do any official collections or lists, just used this section for journaling.

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I did start my Index, in the back, but don’t keep it up to date. I only make reflection sections or if I do a pro/con or Compare&Contrast of some planners.

This set did not work for me. Mainly because I didn’t remember to use it. That’s my own fault. I love the bullet journaling concept, especially the collections, so I think I’ll just take that part of the system and run with it.

© Cori Large February 19, 2016

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FC Sierra

It hit me the other day that one year ago, I was using a Franklin Covey Sierra Classic Size with 1.5 inch rings. Since then my planner journey has been all over the place. After discovering the Planner Addict World on YouTube and Facebook, I tried making my own inserts for the Sierra because I wasn’t happy with the Blooms WO2P inserts I had gotten for 2015. I then made some Folio size inserts (8.5” x 11”) and tried using one of my flex binders as a planner. You can read about that here and watch the YouTube video here. This one was actually pretty nice. If I ever decide to go back to a full size planner, I think I’ll use my own creation. These posts and several other early related blog posts can be read in the Planner Pieces Series here.

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Then I found the Mini Flex (aka the Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook). I tried using that as a planner and then as a bullet journal. Then I tried Bullet Journaling in bound notebooks on and off from April to July. I really liked the Bullet Journaling system over the summer, when I have less going on.

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When the school year gearing up in August, I switched back to a ringed planner. I purchased a Day-Timer portable size Rose Gold Malibu and have been using it ever since.

During the year, I have acquired and resold different types of planner containment units. All in the hope of finding that elusive Planner Peace. I won’t say I’ve achieved it and haven’t given up either, but I’m not in such a rush to trade out containment units as I was.

I would not have guessed this is where I would be planner-wise a year ago. If anyone’s interested, the YouTube video that started it all was My Purpley Life’s video. Jennifer started it all. My decent into madness!

If you’re a member of the planner addict world, how has your journey gone? Please share in the comments.

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My Journey to Find Planner Peace

*This is a long one!*

This post is about the journey I’ve taken to find Planner Peace. And what is Planner Peace? It is a term I first heard when I discovered a Facebook group by the same name. The group’s description states: “What we are: a place to discuss in depth what is working and what is not, with respect to ‘planner peace.’”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PlannerPeace/

I have been a sort of Planner Crisis for about two years now. If you recall in my post Cori’s Planner Review, I switched things up quite a bit trying to figure out what I truly wanted.

Well, I started jotted down what I thought I would like and during 2015 made notes about what I wanted out of my planner.

Here is my journey:

December 27, 2014

(Okay, my journey started before 2015.)

  • Definitely need month at a glance.
  • Maybe get undated week at a glance pages for really busy weeks.
  • Want more a Project Management book, but without the big binder; maybe one of those smaller three ring binders.
  • I like the idea of daily tasks chart Weekly Layout 1
  • If I want to design my own inserts, use Philip’s AutoCAD program

January 7, 2015

Went a little nutso and printed out two of the weekly layouts I had made up, as well as manipulated the free Passion Planner ® pdf to do what I wanted.

Set up all of them for this week (Jan 5-11) to see which one I liked more. Passion Planner ® started to win out, but after chatting with a friend about my craziness, I calmed down. Passion Planner ® isn’t off the table completely. I fell in love with the concept in November 2014, but I had already bought my 2015 inserts.

After only a week of using the Franklin Covey ® Blooms columnar inserts, I was becoming frustrated by the small spaces in the Daily Tasks columns. While chatting with the same friend as before, I came up with two solutions:

  • Use the Sharpie pens, because they have fine point tips.
  • White out the Daily Tasks headings and write my own headings.

Calm has been restored for the time being.

January 12, 2015

Calm only lasts so long before my mind starts going a million miles an hour again. I’ve actually been journaling for the past four days, and have had some very introspective entries. The latest of which reflected that I’ve been trying to reinvent the wheel and wasting money doing it. In reality, the only containment unit I am truly content with is the Mead ® Flex binder. I believe my true problem has been my dissatisfaction with inserts. So I started designing my own inserts. Being summoned to bed, I’ll explain more later.

January 15, 2015

So two nights ago I sat down and turned my pink Mead Flex binder into a planner. Actually it’s more of a project manager with my calendar in it. I’m really hoping this one sticks. My FC Sierra is still set up, but I’m not using it for the time being. I have a whole other blog post ready to be written about it. I said it before and I’ll say it again: Calm has been restored for the time being.

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January 31, 2015

Still loving my set up. Even fixed up another flex binder for work! I think the only thing that could be any better is if there was a small one that took 5 ½” x 8 ½” paper.

February 3, 2015

While I was perusing the Mead website, I came across the Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook. IT’S A SMALLER VERSION OF THE FLEX BINDER!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! But it only has two rings. I ordered one of course, and it’ll be here in 7-10 days. Philip is very spatially minded and he believes that the rings are spaced the same way the top two rings are on a full size Flex binder. I’ll know more when it arrives. I’m very excited!!! At this moment, I have no plans to downsize again because I like having lots of writing room. I’m more excited about finally having a smaller REFILLABLE notebook.

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March 6, 2015

So I had this crazy notion that I should turn the mini flex (Mead Shopping OrganizHer) into my planner by putting my Franklin Covey Blooms monthly inserts into it. But I’d have to washi tape over the holes and repunch them.

I have since moved past this feeling and realized that I need the big weekly layout for work in one area and my other To Do lists. My biggest thing to remember is that I shouldn’t fill up each square like I did this week. Loving my color coding system.

March 11, 2015

Yeah, so that didn’t last. Surprise. Surprise. I’m currently experimenting with the bullet journal concepts in my current diary. Set this up Friday, March 6, in the afternoon. I started with the monthly list and my segregated to do lists (personal, CBC, writing/blog, YouTube, house). I’m still using it as a diary. I have added some weekly layout and a daily chart. I’ve drawn up two other potential set up—and just thought of a third—BRB. Okay, now that that’s sketched out…

I’m starting to wonder if my entries in this piece aren’t subconsciously spurring my changing habits just so I’ll have stuff to keep writing about…

May 29, 2015

I thought my journey to planner peace was completed. I found a smaller version of the Mead Flex Binder that I thought only existed in my dreams. But alas, for another planner came along, and all it cost me was shipping my DayTimer desk size Avalon. This new planner, Raika (brand and name I refer to her as), was the result of a swap. She will have her own introduction post soon enough.

I have had Raika for about a week now, and she has become the companion to my mini flex. The mini flex is my primary “planner” in that it fits a bigger calendar insert, is flexible, and acts mainly as my brain dump notebook. So what is Raika’s role? Her’s is the more organized one. I have my blog post chart, my knitting project charts, and book projects in there.

I’m going to end this post now, but I keep changing my mind, but one thing is clear: the Bullet Journal daily layouts work for me.

Raika 1 Raika 2

© Cori Large December 2014-May 2015

June 2015 Bullet Journal Set Up w/ Video

Hi everyone,

I shot a quick video showing what I changed in my bullet journal for June. I didn’t change much, just combined this brain dump and dailies section.

Here’s the YouTube video link: http://youtu.be/wgKgc_XfAps

I hope everyone has had a nice day. If you have any questions, comments, or content requests either leave me a comment below or visit my new Facebook page where you can post questions there. Have a nice day!

May 2015 Bullet Journal Set Up

Sorry this post is late. I was able to film a bunch of videos a couple weekends ago.

Here is the video for my May 2015 Bullet Journal set up: