Bullet journal

The much awaited blog post on my bullet journal is finally here! I was eager to tell everyone about it and I have received a little scepticism surrounding the idea of it. Along with a bet that I will only keep it going until Christmas…

There’s a whole world of bullet journalling on the world wide web so if you are serious about starting one I suggest that you check out the professionals as I’m quite an amateur to this. So I’m going to run through my bullet journal with you guys to give you some ideas about what you can include in yours and maybe even convince you to start your own.

It’s quite a time consuming project hence why I started it over the summer holidays. To start off, get your hands on a really nice journal. I bought mine from WHSmith and it’s brilliant and simple. This journal has ruled pages but if I could, I’d probably go for a journal with square dots or even plain pages.

What’s unusual about this type of journal is that it has an index. This means that you don’t have to worry about the order of the contents in your journal because all you need to do is write page numbers at the bottom of each page and then add it onto the index when you decide to do something different on each page.

On the following page, I decide to outline a basic calendar of the year to record all the important birthdays. But you can record whatever you like on this, for e.g. holidays, important events etc… I have covered the birthdays up with post-its for a bit of privacy!

Quite possibly one of the important things in a bullet journal is the key. There are various ways in which you can use this. The majority of people use a bullet for a task and then cross the bullet when they’ve completed the task. I personally think the following will be clearer for me. As I started making the journal, I did find it a bit difficult trying to navigate through the book. So as you can see on the picture below, I have created a sub key which allows me to colour the edge of the page and that will help me find things easier.

PS. A question I got was what ‘migrated’ was. This just means that if you didn’t finish a task, then you add the arrow in the box and then create that task again the next day.

I decided to create a master shopping list for all the basic food items I’d need and this helps me clearly see what I need to make sure I have a constant supply of.

Habit trackers are a great way to make sure you complete certain tasks. You can include whatever you deem important within this like going to the gym, housework, blogging etc… This was probably the most time consuming bit of my journal.

As a student, it’s important to be on top of all your expenses. So with the help of my sister (who has got into Queen Mary in London to do accounting with management this year!), I was able to create a log of all my expenses.

The master task list is for tasks you have to complete at some point but you have no specific deadline.

Now comes the fun bit! This is the bit where you can get creative! I’ve decided to include the weather in each day just so I can prepare myself for the following day.

I know it’s time consuming and some may argue that the time you spend to create tasks can be used to better use. But I’m the type of person that organises my whole life into a book. My brain can only work by seeing things laid out in front of me so I think this will work in favour for me. Especially as I’m in the busiest academic year of medical school…

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