Keep It Together: What I Learned at a Bullet Journal Class

Posted October 18, 2018 by shooting in Planning / 30 Comments

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Bullet Journal Class

This month, I wanted to talk about the bullet journal “class” that I went to at my local library. I put class in quotes because it was more of an introduction to bullet journaling than anything. While I already knew what a bullet journal was (I have an entertainment-themed bullet journal for this year), I still wanted to attend to see if I learned anything new, and I did!

The librarian had these graph composition notebooks for everyone. Bullet journals are known for their dots, making it easier for you to write/draw in a straight line. I think these notebooks are a great way to start playing with a bullet journal because they aren’t very expensive and they have lines to let you set it up like a normal bullet journal.

One of the things that I learned at this class was different ways to use the bullet journal. Sure, I’ve seen a lot of examples on Instagram and Pinterest, but I still saw some new things…like the image above. I copied the same idea, creating an envelope with boxes inside. I’m going to NYC next month and I figured this would be a good way to keep track of the money I have in savings. On the left, you can see that I put Hotel and Fun too. I already paid for my flight, but I’ll pay for the hotel at the end, and Fun money really means everything else – food, places we go, any souvenirs, etc. I think it looks really cool too!

As I sat the library, I tried to think of other ways I could use this bullet journal and I immediately realized it would be a great way to keep track of what I got people for Christmas. As you can see above, I have my parents and my sister, Kari. I also have my nieces and nephew on the list, as well as an Other section for everybody else – friends, co-workers, bloggers I swap gifts with, etc. I’ll probably have to make another page for some of this, but it’s a nice start!

Obviously, a lot of people use bullet journals for everyday lists/tasks and I did make a section about halfway through the notebook, but I haven’t used it for that yet. We’ll see what I do, since I do have a regular day-to-day/monthly planner, but I think the idea of bullet journals are really fun. I wish I was more creative and/or artistic, but regardless, this is a nice way to keep track of things you might not otherwise have a place for!

Tell me: have you ever used a bullet journal? Would you be interested? What do you think of the pages I’ve made above? 

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30 responses to “Keep It Together: What I Learned at a Bullet Journal Class

  1. I am so jealous you got to have a class at your local library about bullet journaling! I would love to be able to go to one and learn about it — it is one thing to learn from posts, but having someone teach it would put everything in a whole new light.

  2. candy

    Wish our library would hold a class like this, might have to suggest it to them. I am still learning about bullet journals but like seeing all the different ideas.

  3. A bullet journaling class sounds like so much fun! If my library offered something like that I’d definitely go, even though I also know the bullet journal basics. I could always learn something new. I love your NY trip savings graphic, that’s a great idea!

  4. I like this. These creative kinds of pages are what make me want to start bullet journaling. I just don’t think I have the time to layout pages in a planner-like format. But hearing that you don’t necessarily use it for that is kind of new for me. Maybe a tracking/entertainment/list kind of BUJO is what I should be working on…

  5. First of all, how friggin cool that your local library had a class on bullet journaling?! That’s awesome! I’ve been meaning to get on the BJ train and think I’m going to aeitchbovervinvrje new year. While I’m not nearly as organized as some people who use this method, I like that you can create lists for anything, like you did for your upcoming NYC trip (when are you here anyway?!? I want to make a meetup happen if possible!) and Christmas lists!

  6. I really want to get into bullet journalling too. I started a while back but stopped as I’m taking a calligraphy course. Once I finish that I’m going to start again. Journalling is such a great way to get creative and stay on track!

  7. I’ve been waiting to find a new journal for next year but already dated rather than blank. I find I don’t have the time to decorate as such but still need a way to tick off goals and tasks, appointments and significant dates throughout the year. Your library sounds incredible Lauren, so many activities and such a welcoming environment. I must check out my local and see what they have on! ♡♡♡

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  8. How neat that you found an actual bullet journaling class to take!!! I would love to take something like that. I keep hearing about bullet journals, yet I’m wondering what the heck is a bullet journal?! Ha! It looks like you learned a lot.


  9. I have this type of bullet journal with the squares. I’m not very consistent with it but I’ve been using it to keep up with goals that I have. I’ve only been good with reading and blogging. I really need to draw, sew, study, and run more. See inconsistent 😛

  10. Thanks for sharing what you learned with us. I think using a graph paper notebook is genius. Currently using a lined blank notebook for my bullet journal and it has worked pretty well. I was interested in the leather journal you got at the Renaissance Fair. I am going to need a new blank journal soon and would love having a pretty leather one. But the graph paper notebook is practical and affordable.
    Great idea to use it to keep up with spending. I have a Word document but I don’t do very well keeping up with daily expenses, just bills.

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