Are you familiar with the Bullet Journal?
Popular within the planning community, the Bullet Journal allows the user to completely customize their planning/journaling experience by really limiting the amount of prewritten material inside (think no dates, no boxes, no nuthin). Basically the journal gives you tiny dots to work with as a guideline, and lets you pretty much design the rest (see above).
According to Bullet Journal, the best way to utilize this tool is by following a system of bulleting which will help you break down all of your tasks in the most efficient way. For example, you use an “x” for one type of task, an “*” to indicate timeliness, a regular bullet for other tasks, etc. Every task has a shorthanded way – a specific bullet – to express its significance and importance in your journal. And that’s the system.
However, after further investigation, I realized that many planners use the Bullet Journal in a much, much more labored, creative way than even the maker suggests. Take a look at Boho Berry’s site to see what I mean! She is the perfect example of what amazing things you can do if you love planning and journaling (and happen to be a talented artist to boot).
Look at that! She’s amazing!
I have to say, when I first came across the Bullet Journal, I felt like it was so plain that it wasn’t something that I could get into. But when I came across sites like Bohoberry.com, my mind was completely changed. The possibilities are endless. She makes this particular journal seem like so much fun and inspiring.
And if you look at her work and think, yeah it’s amazing, but there’s no way I could figure out how to even begin to turn the plain Bullet Journal into something like that, well she actually put together Youtube tutorials for it! I highly recommend checking them out if you’re considering this type of free form planning. She may have convinced me to pick one up and give it a try myself! And at around $25, it’s not too much of an investment to get inspired.
In addition to the Bullet, there are other planners that offer little structure but lots of possibility as well. Take the classic Moleskine notebook, for example.
This completely blank notebook offers even less of a guideline than the Bullet, if you can believe it, and is more widely available at places like Staples, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Once you look at what can be done with these blank type of planners, the possibilities are endless.
Planning without guidelines or borders may seem daunting but when you turn to our community for ideas, the inspiration really starts to flow. In addition to YouTube, checking out what some of you have done with your blank journal planners on Pinterest is really pretty incredible. Take a look at these pages!
Here’s to giving blank planners a try in 2017! I hope you seek out some planning inspiration of your own. Happy planning! xo