I know lots of people here like stationary, journalling and have bullet journals. What are your favourite methods, resources, people to follow who have super over the top pretty journals etc?
Oh no oh no oh no why you gotta start this thread I’m gonna have to up my stationary budget.
I love love love this planner which essentially lets you life log with a companion bullet journal: https://www.jetpens.com/blog/kokuyo-jibun-techo-a-3-in-1-planner/pt/949
More to come I have a serious problem.
Are we sticking to only journalling stationery, or are we talking mail too?
I have bujo’d regularly for years now – it’s very satisfying for me. I don’t use the exact Ryder Carroll method, but something pretty similar. The basics for me:
- Weekly pages (one page, with a side bar for tracking my book reading and for taking notes), plus five lines for each day to write down meetings, etc so that I have it at a glance in situations where I may not want my phone on me
- Monthly pages (one page, used to keep track of monthly goals as opposed to scheduling – this has walking and exercise goals, de-cluttering goals, saving goals, crafting, whatever I want to commit to that month)
- TONS of pages for tracking (I have pages for purchases to age; birthdays; tracking reading statistics; things to be grateful for; addresses; things to write; project lists; quotes)
- TONS of pages for notes (annual review notes; work notes; scratch sheets to figure out financials; etc)
I don’t get super fancy with mine. I use a dot grid Moleskine (that’s my fancy element), a regular Bic pen, and some colored pencils. There’s relatively little color in mine, although every weekly page gets color because I fill in a bar for how much I’ve read that week in each book I have going.
Yes, this is me.
My bullet journal is pretty straightforward (to me) and mostly follows Ryder Carroll’s original system, though I’m constantly making changes to the setup and structure to make it better for me–it’s an iterative process and I don’t expect to ever get to perfect!
I start with an index. The next page is a future log, then a running task list (for to-dos without a particular date). Then I start with a monthly page, just a simple list of dates and the day of the week each is, one line per day and two lines each for weekend days. Daily tasks/events follow that, taking up as much space as they need to. I also have space dedicated to notes on sourdough, headaches, goal review, story plotting/ideas, a reading journal, and other various topics.
Other than the index, future log, and running task list (which are one page each), a full spread gets only one topic, but the next spread can be any topic. When I run out of room in the previous spread with whatever I’m doing, I just turn to the next available spread and note the page numbers in the index. That flexibility is the real magic of the bullet journal system to me.
I love and collect stickers and washi tape, but lately I don’t take the time to use them very often. The color in my journal comes from switching inks in my fountain pen (I’m having fun trying out samples). I’m two-thirds of the way through my current notebook and the index has six different inks in it!
I’ve noticed when I have a lot of chaos or anxiety in my day to day life, I follow a bunch of minimalist bujos on instagram with lots of white space. My favorite account of those was sarahboparah. Just her handwriting alone is calming to me
My work bullet journal is used daily and is crazy simple - week laid out across the spread, tasks/notes below the date, incoming vendor stuff above. I usually only lay out the current week but skipped ahead to make a blank spread (cuz confidential) then forgot and started filling it in, heh.
I originally used Ryder’s version for work but found it worked better to keep a physical calendar for the month up by my desk so my colleagues can quick check progress of bigger projects. I definitely use it to rapid log things as they come up, though - especially phone calls and meeting notes. Meeting notes just go on the page following my current week. Any random notes - training plans, colleague preferences I need to track, whatever - also get jotted on the next blank page. All of it indexed.
My home bullet journal is pretty close to Ryder’s method and is a total hodgepodge. It’s the first journal method I’ve ever used and not given up because it looked sloppy at some point; or planner that annoyed me because I skipped a whole month. Index is helpful - especially for finding random recipes I’ve scribbled while meal planning, and house project progress. I’ve started using Google Keep for on the go notes so will transcribe from bujo to Google and vice versa. Prior to using Keep I had a little notebook that went everywhere with me so I didn’t accidentally leave my ten pages of wah wah emotional processing laying open around my office
I’ve only used Rhodia and both journals right now are Goalbooks.