Bullet Journaling is a great analogue organisational system designed by a chap called Ryder Carroll. At its heart it is basically a way to keep all those pieces of paper (post it notes, to do list, shopping list, appointment cards) in one place, along with somewhere to capture all those fleeting "I love to do that", "wouldn't it be a great idea if", "I must remember to" moments that we have during our days.
This Youtube video explains the whole process far better than I could ever attempt to:
I've been using this system since the beginning of the year and I have to say, so far, I'm really liking it. After some googling around the subject I did find a couple of tweaks to the process which I thought would help the system work better for me. This included adding a full calendar spread at the beginning, which I really need for work to have an overview of the Academic Year:
I also incorporated some ideas from Shandy over at her Aprons'n'Pearls blog, most notably a main page for Birthday's and Anniversaries and a page to monitor my weight loss journey (I've lost 5.5 in the last two weeks - woot!).
I suspect the whole thing is going to be an ongoing process of working out what works for me and what doesn't. For example for February I think I will include a traditional calender type page for the beginning of the month for events instead of the standard list overview. I find it difficult when there is more than one event per day to keep it to one line. Something like this at The Couponing Mum, would be much more useful I think.
On my blog hopping/web surfing/pinterest searching journey on Bullet Journaling I also discovered a fabulous type of journal called a Midori Traveller's Notebook (yes, clearly I've been living under a journaling rock for the last few years to have missed this! LOL).
The leather is basically just a cover and you buy removable inserts which are held in place by elastics. They look amazing. They're also hugely expensive (in my mind). £35 for the journal before you've even started with the inserts.
Being me I of course had to find out if I can make one, and of course the internet obliged! Lots of fabulous tutorials like this one from Sea Lemon, this from Happy Scrappie, and this excellent one by Ray Blake. Obviously I couldn't resist having a bash of my own. I was reluctant to pay out for a piece of leather at this point so I bought to reasonably think pieces of leatherette vinyl from the local fabric shop. A black and a deep raspberry red. The standard large size Midori was a little too thin for me (3.5 inches across doesn't seem quite large enough to be worthwhile for writing much). Continuing the Moleskine love I decided to make mine big enough to fit the large Moleskine Cahier notebooks (using one plain, one lined, one squared).
I'm pretty pleased with how it came out and anticipate I'll probable make another (maybe with a tutorial, I've plenty of material left) and if I use it regularly (once my currently journal is filled) I might invest in a piece of leather to make a leather covered one.
Here it is in all it's raspberry prettiness:
On an entirely separate note and after a somewhat trying week at work I'm making this my new motto:
Words to live by!