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Lookback at one year in my Bullet Journal

March 31, 2018

It has already been one year. One year since I started using a Bullet Journal, that I adopted this organisational system that keeps on getting more popular by the second. Indeed, on March 9th, 2017, I started my first Bullet Journal, and since then, I am hooked.

In one year, I have thus filled up two Leuchtturm1917 journals and I have two more waiting to be opened. Many things have changed in a year, including my supplies, the pages that I include in my Bullet Journal, my page set up, etc.

 

My very first Bullet Journal, a Leuchtturm1917, emerald color. It was used from March 2017 to August 2017.

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So here it is: a lookback at one year in my Bullet Journal.

Bettering my materials

When I learned about the Bullet Journal one year ago, I was reasonable. As much as I wanted to, I didn’t go out right away to buy the beautiful journal I saw on the internet, as well as the fun pens that were recommended by a lot of Bullet Journal users.


No. I decided to be sensible, and start by using a notebook I already owned (previously bought at Dollarama), as well as some regular ballpoint pens. I already knew I liked the system from what I had seen, but I wanted to make sure I would keep to it before going out to buy a bunch of supplies at the nearest paper shop.

As it turned out, the test was conclusive. As such, I took a trip to Omer Deserres (stationery) to buy the famous journal everyone was talking about on websites dedicated to the Bullet Journal: the Leuchtturm1917. One year later and I have nothing to say against those amazing notebooks: in fact, I’m still using these for my Bullet Journal.

Weekly log of April 10th to 16th, 2017. At the beginning, I was using Weekly logs along with Daily logs to plan out my weeks.

As for the choice of pen, the selection wasn’t so easy. I naively bought poor quality pens for my first pens, and I regretted it. The black ink didn’t dry quickly enough, and too often, I ended up smudging it all over my pages. A few months later, I bought pens which I thought were better, some Staedtler Pigment liners. Indeed, they were better, but still not completely resolving the ink smudge problem. In the end, I changed for Sakura Pigma Micron pens, and they are still the ones I use today (in the 02, 03, 05, 08 and brush).

Blog and social medias

In March 2017, I started my first Bullet Journal, and a month later, in April, I started my Instagram account to post exclusively about my journal (I have a personal account as well).

Since then, I have discovered the wonderful community of the Bullet Journal users. I have met many talented people that share my passion. I have been inspired and encouraged, and I have learned to be less of an introvert.

Then, in September 2017, I launched my very own blog. When I was younger, I always loved to write stories: I sadly gradually stopped writing as school became prominent and took over my free time. However, I had been feeling inspired for some time to start writing again. And so, I launched my blog on the Bullet Journal, and I encountered another fantastic community: the bloggers.

Weekly log of June 19th to 25th, 2017. I tried out a vertical column-style for a few weeks.

However, even with all the inspiring people I met on the different social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook groups, etc.), I have noticed that the Bullet Journal is not very well known in the province of Quebec, Canada, where I live. So, the next step for this blog: share the Bullet Journal with more people in my little corner of the world.

The Bullet Journal of Ryder Carroll

Firstly, after one year, I can say that I have not derived much from the original method of the Bullet Journal, invented by M. Carroll. I use the Monthly log, the Daily log, the collections and an index. I also use the “official” notebook for the Bullet Journal, the Leuchtturm1917, as I mentioned above.

For a long time, I was using a “Weekly log”, on top of the Monthly and Daily logs of the Bullet Journal method. The Weekly log is not a part of the system of the Bullet Journal according to its inventor, but a lot of bullet journalists are using them. As such, I would set up a page for the month, a page for each week, and then a page for each week’s Daily log. Basically, I would be spending a whole lot of my time setting up, and for that reason, I don’t do Weekly logs anymore.

Daily log of June 19th to 25th, 2017.

I do use the legend prescribed by M. Carroll (for a reminder on what that is, click here for my article on this topic). However, I found that I do not use much the signifiers, which are the symbols that mean an additional something for your entry. Sometimes, for important things, I will put an “!” in front of the entry, but otherwise, I do not use the signifiers.

Style and page layout

Since I started my Bullet Journal one year ago, there two things that changed frequently: my style and the page layout. At the beginning, as I was only starting out, I was searching for my own style. I started by inspiring myself from what I saw all over the internet. Then, as I gradually gained confidence in myself, I found my own style from what I liked and didn’t like and adapted my pages as such.

Daily log of August 21st to 27th, 2017.

As for the page layout, it changes constantly. Every month, or even every week, I change my layout to something that befits more my mood or my needs. A few weeks later, I can change it again. That’s the beauty of the Bullet Journal: it’s versatile and can be adapted to fit your needs of the moment!

My Instagram account is a good place to see the evolution of my style throughout the last year!

In short…

Alright, that was a lot of information to read.

Weekly log of August 21st to 27th, 2017. I stopped using Weekly logs in January 2018.

Here is, in short, what you need to take with you from my lookback at one year in my Bullet Journal.

What I’m keeping after one year:

What I gave up:

  • The signifiers
  • Weekly logs
  • Some collections that I ended not filling up

How long have you been using your Bullet Journal? What have you changed since you started out? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

For more recent pictures of my Bullet Journal, go see my Instagram account!

‘Til next time!

Mélanie


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  1. Wow! I admire your continued patience! I have trouble enough updating my digital calendar and keeping up with my already-populated planner! I am glad to know that this is a habit that you have stuck with…. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Bullet journals are a new idea to me…I’ll have to read more of your articles to have a better understanding what they’re used for. Neat idea to look back on the past year of using.

  3. I’ve been reading about bullet journals. Sounds interesting but I love my calendar that I use right now. Looks like you put a ton of detail into your journal! Pretty.

  4. I’ve been using a planner of some sort for… well, let’s just say a long time. I love the look of your bullet journal. While I don’t think I have the time or inclination to use one myself, you’ve definitely motivated me to make my planner more my own. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I think your bullet journal is amazing! But I know that I won’t have the time or creativity to create one. Have you thought of selling a journal that has your templates in it? I would totally buy one! You’re very talented!

  6. I started just around 1 year ago too! I got my first Leuchtturm1917 and i do like it a lot but my Microns don’t dry fast enough and I feel like Tombow Fudenosuke take a million years to dry! That being said, this is one durable, well set up journal! Your journal and your instagram are beautiful!

    1. It is a lot of dedication and time on my part, but the beautiful thing about Bullet Journal-ing is that you can adapt it however you want it! If you want it simple and less time-consuming, you can do it that way! 🙂

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