My Bookish Bullet Journal

Last week I made a post about tracking your reading progress that included a couple quick pictures of my bookish bullet journal. I got so many comments and messages about it throughout all my platforms that I decided to move this post up in my schedule.

I’ve always been a huge planner and list maker. Basically, I can’t survive a day without multiple lists laying around the house! I know I’m not alone in this either. There are so many people I’ve talked to who make lists for everything and prefer a physical day planner to write down all their tasks. I’ve tried to use my phone to document everything but that didn’t last more than a week. Here’s why lists work for me (ok…. i’m making a list about lists… I think I’ve reached an all time low…. or all time high….. depending on how we look at this!):

  • I like the satisfaction of crossing things off when I’ve completed them.
  • If it doesn’t get written down, I won’t remember that it needs to be done
  • Sometimes things are scheduled months in advance and if it’s not written down I guarantee I would miss it – appointment cards are just too easily lost!
  • The act of physically writing something down helps it to stick in my mind
  • I get the chance to be creative and doodle!

I only found out a few years ago that Bullet Journalling was a “thing”. I then fell down the rabbit hole of Pinterest and spent countless hours drooling over the many gorgeous pictures of other people journals. I made MANY attempts at journalling and each time I failed. I now know why. I was trying to duplicate this beautiful pages with wonderful handwriting that were so full of organization and colour. Each time I attempted I was reminded how strongly I failed as none of mine looked like theirs. I have thrown out so many notebooks and ripped out countless pages. It took me way too long to realize that bullet journalling is, 100%, a personal thing! The layout needs to be something that works for you and STOP comparing your handwriting and design with others!

I have included most of my pictures in this post but some I didn’t for private reasons. I also have many pictures of post ideas that I want to keep private as I worked hard on those thoughts and don’t want them out until I post them πŸ™‚ There are also a few pages of blog stats that are boring so I won’t include them.

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This is my actual journal. It’s a special edition Harry Potter Marauders Map moleskine. My mom bought it for me for christmas – she knows me so well!

These are my books read pages. There were more for 2016 but those pages are unfinished so I won’t post them. There is still a ton of space in this book and it may take me forever to fill it, so I’m planning on maybe doing some more detail about the books I’ve read including the title, author, pages, star rating, and quick thoughts.

These are my blog specific pages. I do a calendar each month with my posts to keep track. I add the title of the post and the type of post it is. There are pages behind it which I keep track of monthly stats, post views, followers and more. It makes it easy for me to see what posts i’ve done and what posts are working for me. It also makes it easy to plan ahead! I added one blog post ideas page but there are a few others, including top 5 Tuesday ideas. I leave a box at the beginning of each and colour it in when i’ve completed it.

Lastly I’ve included a couple of doodles! I plan on doing more but haven’t gotten around to it. I also plan on adding some book quotes and maybe some fan art (gasp!) at a later date. I will be doing an update post about my journal every few months so expect to see more later!

TIPS FOR BOOKISH BULLET JOURNALLING:

*** Like I said above – don’t compare! Comparing your book to others will only set yourself up for failure – I speak from experience.

*** Find a journal you LOVE! That way you will be more motivated to keep at it and not rip out the pages!

*** PRACTICE! Before you put pen to paper, practice on a piece of loose paper outside of your journal. That way you can see if you like the design before you put it in your journal and then can’t erase it.

*** Plan your layout! I can’t stress this one enough! Part of my problem is that I would add in pages and then find that I didn’t have enough space to put things in linear order. I would end up adding things down the line and I was constantly flipping back 10 or so pages to find something. It can get really annoying. So leave some pages blank in between. That way you will have the space to add things if you need to. Later on down the line, if you haven’t filled those pages, you can always add in pictures, book quotes, or doodles. It’s better to be prepared than to regret not having space!

*** Change up your handwriting! Everyone else seems to like my regular hand writing except for me. I started off with my regular handwriting then started practicing writing in a different style on loose paper. Now I love it! It’s even smaller so I can fit more words in small spaces and it looks unique, even to me.

*** Invest in washi tape! My original goal with this journal was to hand draw all of the different designs throughout the book. But in reality I didn’t have time for that! So washi tape will be your best friend when it comes to quick pops of colour in a little amount of time.

I hope this post helps you out in your own bullet journalling adventure. Once I finally settled on something that worked for me I’ve found this book to be my companion and life saver. If you have any questions I am more than happy to help! Also, if you have any suggestions on things I can include I would forever be grateful!

Until next time, happy reading!

21 Comments Add yours

  1. This is such a lovely post! I absolutely adore your bullet journal pages and how you colour-code everything and have little illustrations at the top or the bottom of a page! ❀️
    I’ve always thought that writing down the things that you need to do help me remember them and I always write tons of to-do lists! I also have a blog journal that is similarly structured to yours! I haven’t really had time to doodle in it so it all looks very plain but I might try and draw little things here and there every once in a while!
    Again, I loved reading this post! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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    1. Awe thanks! Finding the time for those little doodles is hard. Yes they’re small, but it takes away from reading time….. and that’s no good! LOL The struggles of a bookworm!

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  2. Justine says:

    My sister is an author and picked up bullet journaling while back. I took a look at her writing journal and it looked so intimidating! I might slowly dip a toe into this because it looks so satisfying. You give good tips for beginners, thank you!

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    1. YAY! Glad to hear the tips are helpful!

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  3. judithcmoore says:

    I adore this! Totally agree with not trying to emulate beautiful online handwriting

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  4. lacyliteracy says:

    I’m the same with physical planners. I can’t use online ones or ones on my phone. It just doesn’t compare with actually writing tasks out.

    Your bullet journal looks amazing!! I wish I was creative enough to bullet journal/ into them, but I don’t have the attention span for it πŸ˜‚.

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    1. LOL the attention span is sometimes the problem! I keep up with it great for a week and then i don’t touch it again for another three weeks. I spend a lot to time playing catch up!

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  5. mikaela says:

    Ah, yours is so gorgeous! 😍 I really wanted to have a journal for planning out everything regarding my blog, but I ended up not doing it because I had no time, which is probably best for me, since I change things around so often. πŸ˜‚

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    1. That’s why I don’t write my posts on the calendar page until the post is published! I keep all my ideas on one page and then check them off when I finally get to them πŸ™‚

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  6. So pretty! I love looking at your images. I don’t know if I could ever keep a bullet journal like this. I tend to have a hard time keeping up with things like that, but your pictures do make it tempting!

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    1. It takes a while to get into the swing of it but once I got used to it, it’s been a lifesaver. I hope you give it a try!

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  7. I have a bookish journal too, although it’s not as prettily decorated as yours. Although now I’m going to spruce mine up, great post!

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    1. Glad to have inspired you! Share some pics when you make it pretty πŸ™‚

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  8. ignitedmoth says:

    I love that Marauders Map notebook! Super cute. All your doodles and designs here are so adorable. I love the owl drawing too. Very creative! πŸ˜€

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  9. Sharon Charlene says:

    Gorgeous journal pages! I actually got giddy when I saw your Maruader’s Map journal. I received the same one from a friend last year for Christmas! Loveeee it.

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  10. Love this post! Your bullet journal is gorgeous and I love love love the notebook. What an amazing present.

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  11. You got that right, comparison takes all the happiness away πŸ™‚ that’s why I don’t do it xD I can’t do it pretty, and then when I can’t, I feel like I just wasted all that time, and it IS a lot of time. But your journal is very pretty πŸ™‚

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  12. quirkyfangirlblog says:

    You have a beautiful bullet journal! I’ve been putting off doing my own for a while now- it seems like such an awkward time to suddenly start! Yet first I must get a cute notebook! Thanks for the tips- really great post!

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    1. Awe thanks! And there’s no bad time to start. I didn’t start really using mine until February. And a cute book is a must!

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