How I Use a Bullet Journal, Part 2

Last December I wrote about how I liked using my Bullet Journal. Over the last year I've made a few modifications to suit my current needs and thought I'd do an update. I still keep my journal very simple. I don't participate in any of the "challenges" or "prompts" some bullet journalers host because, while a fun idea, I prefer to spend my creative time painting. 

I liked the idea of having a calendar for easy referral in my future log (6 month overview) so I rearranged my layout from horizontal rows to vertical columns and included one above each month. I don't waste as much space and it has helped me a lot to easily see what day of the week somethings is.

please pardon the blocking out of personal deatils

please pardon the blocking out of personal deatils

Partway through the year I realized the space I was devoting to my weekly and daily pages was too much. I also didn't like writing a few of the same things on multiple pages so for the way I wanted to work I decided to consolidate. After a couple of trials I settled on two page weekly spread with my days in columns, similar to my future log. There's space above for my To-Dos and notes that aren't date specific and I moved my "what we had for dinner" section up there as well.


You might notice all my "habits" are on the weekly spread as well. At the end of a long day I didn't like flipping through to 3-4 pages to fill in all my stuff so, again, I consolidated. Rather than marking them on one big monthly page, I track them weekly. Again, some are things I try to do every day while others are more observational and I don't beat myself up over doing or not doing them.

In the space for each day I write the things I need to do or keep track of but there's always space below to write a few notes which is one of my favorite things about bullet journaling. I can jot down how things went or if anything funny happened or whatever but I don't feel pressured to elaborate as much as I did on my daily pages. Again, short, sweet, and to the point, but it's still enough that it feels personal to me.


I don't really track my cleaning schedule anymore. As my kids have gotten older they are responsible for more and I just look around every few days to make sure things aren't out of control. I do still like the keep track of my semi-minimal wardrobe, which I still swap out every three months, but I don't mark what I wear any longer. I just like to see in black and white what is in my closet.

A few months into the year I decided to start a list of books I'd read throughout the year. I listen to audiobooks a lot (folding laundry, doing dishes, changing sheets, driving all over the universe, etc.) so I include those as well as the ones I read on my kindle. It's kind of dorky but I love seeing how much I've read.

I also added a couple of pages last year for gift ideas. When it comes down to it, I'm not a very good gift-giver but when an idea strikes it's usually nowhere near the person's birthday so, instead, I write it down here so when the time comes I can refer to it more easily. I also made another one this last year for Christmas. I even include a space for me so when Dan or my dad asks what I want I don't give them a deer-in-the-headlights look. I can look at my list of things that have struck my fancy over the last few months and tell them a few.


I still really love my dotted Leuchtturm 1917 and this year chose a beautiful navy colored one. I still keep my 6 inch metal ruler in the back pocket and almost exclusively write with a Uniball Signo Micro 207 black ink pen. With fewer pages to sort through, I don't feel the need to mark as many with tape the way I was before. I will still mark my future log and I'll mark my books I've read pages but that's about it. The bookmarks (the Leuchtturm comes with two-three depending on the one style) are enough for everything else. So there you have it! The current way I use my bullet journal.

Annie Preece