Have you heard of a bullet journal? Well, you can click that link if not, but basically, it’s a blank journal that you fill with every avenue of your life. Want some way to track weight loss? Make a page for it. Need a physical weekly planner? Cut out a cardstock template and trace your month! Gratitude tracker, to-read lists, or a birthday calendar? It’s got you covered. 😉
Bullet journals are amazing for keeping an orderly life, but they’re also incredibly cathartic to create. It’s like adult coloring books, except you feel WAY more accomplished when you’re done, because you designed it and then get to use it however you please!
Last year, I had one journal I used for everything, including NaNoWriMo. Here are some pictures of a few of the pages I created.
But over the course of 2017, that journal has dissolved into merely a budget planning tool. A way to keep track of all of my utilities and expenses, in one handy book.
So I bought a second bullet journal, simply for NaNoWriMo! Yaaaaay! Blank slate FTW!
I read a LOT of writing reference books. And I lend them out like… well, like any other book I own. >.> So my goal with this journal was to create one easy location where all the best nuggets of information are gleaned. A spot where I compile everything that made me say, “Ohhh, THAT’S how you do it!” That way, when I lend my books out, I won’t miss the information. 😀
I’m dividing this journal into sections. The beginning are my NaNo word trackers. I’ll probably do another post on the sticky note one alone, cause my sister devised it, and it’s ingenious. The next section I’m tackling is character reference, but I plan to have plot and world-building sections later in the book.
It doesn’t matter to me how long this journal takes to create. Ultimately, it’s for my own personal meditation, a physical task to distract me when I’m tired of writing.
But I highly recommend you look into some kind of bullet journal if you have trouble with motivation or staying on task. Because honestly, after you spend two hours making a weekly spread, there’s no way you won’t look at it every day to admire your handiwork. And thus, you get stuff done. 😉
Do you have a bullet journal? Are you enticed by the idea? Let me know in the comments below!! (Also, if you have suggestions for my NaNo Journal, I’d love to hear them! I have almost 200 blank pages to fill! 😀 )