A beginner deciding to bite the Bullet Journal

Being secretary of a boat club and on the committee of the local Women’s Institute I need a good notebook. I’ve decided to try using a Bullet Journal in hope I can keep track of my tasks and events.

At every boat club meeting I scribble notes on the back of the previous months minutes. I put a reminder in my phone for events but I never really look at the notes when I get back home. I’m hoping a bullet journal will encourage me to review my notes, add anything relevant and ideas I’ve had.

A quick conversation I had with another club member resulted in us having two great fundraising ideas. Although I remember our conversation if I have it listed in a journal I can follow it up and keep it ongoing.

Keeping track of a month with the WI definitely needs a planner. Our WI is very busy. Besides our monthly meeting we have book groups, coffee mornings, day trips and nights out. Members can attend as much or as little as they want. In fact if you’re looking for something to do, your local WI is a good place to start, for women of all ages.

Now, I think just looking at bullet journals can be confusing so I got some advice from Hayley as I’d read a post about it on her blog, Hayley from Home. What I learnt was you can have any combination of reminders or notes as you need, It’s whatever suits you and can be as simple or fancy as you like.

Pinterest is always a source of inspiration


Starting with an index seems to be an essential, as are numbered pages. Both help you find exactly what you need without scrabbling through your journal. I’ve bought a cheap simple grid notebook to start with so I might need to add numbered pages or at least coloured tags to identify sections. Add to-do lists, breaking items down from a month, a week, a day. Mark off completed tasks and carry over what is ongoing.

I love this ‘days of the week’ washi tape, much neater than my handwriting.


There are lots of embellishments and decorations you can add too, which can be quite therapeutic. These are from Paper Robin Books on Etsy

I think i’m going to add mindful and kindness quotes to my pages. A daily reminder to not rush through the day without taking time to show kindness and caring, even to yourself.

mindfulness quotes

Of course you can just keep it simple. Here bullet journal creatorĀ Ryder Carroll shows a plain but effective style. This journal is all about getting things done as you work through your to-do list.

So from someone who usually just has a reminder in my phone I have my plan. Start by making a month calendar and a list of things I want to get done. I will have a separate week section for daily notes and once I get used to it I can add embellishments.

It’s going to be a challenge but I’m taking my book to tonights meeting, and notes will be written!

Do you like the idea of a bullet journal as a to-do list?


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