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Bullet Journal

March 10, 2016

Hello people. How is it possible that I’ve only JUST discovered the incredible system that is the Bullet Journal, can anyone tell me?

The Bullet Journal is created by Brooklyn-based designer Ryder Carroll. He spent 20 years developing the method so he could stay organised. It’s really like a modern Filofax (do you remember those?), a place to brain dump all your thoughts, organise yourself and use (or discover) your creative side. How brilliant is that?

So what exactly is it? It’s essentially a coded system for organising your thoughts, ideas and to do lists. The magic is that you’re the creator of all of it with a blank book to do it in. Like with all great things in life, it’s in the journey. The fun part has been creating, adapting and personalising it to my own needs.  This is definitely one of those life changing methods for me and will help improve your life.

Well, I came across it last Thursday night and probably spent the next 48 hours immersing myself in the life of bullet journalling. I’ve read numerous blog posts, watched videos and started obsessing about what spreads to create and how to keep a track of everything I do.

A couple of days later I went and bought the much recommended Leuchtturm 1917 notebook and off I went.  I’ll never look back. As you can see I’ve even personalised the cover of my notebook.

bullet journal // colourliving

As expected, I cannot wait for this system to be perfect and work for me 100% every day but slow does it. I can assure you that I’ve already made great strides and don’t know how I managed without the Bullet Journal.

As I’ve done all my research, the most inspiring woman using the Bullet Journal for me is Kara from Boho Berry. Kara has taken the Bullet Jounalling world by storm and has a dedicated Bullet Journal category on her blog. For now, I’ve copied quite a few things Kara has recommended until I find my own mojo with this. The ideas are already flowing. WARNING: you’ll spend hours and hours reading Kara’s posts and watching her videos!
Thank you Kara for all your enthusiasm and for sharing  your pearls of wisdom with us readers.

So, do you know the Bullet Journal? Are you already a user? I’d love to know.

You can get Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks in many places. I’ve ordered some from First Stop who have a vast selection in colours and sizes and are very competitively priced. Have fun!!

This post will stay live until Thursday 17th March 2016.

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  • Reply Alison sye March 10, 2016 at 8:27 am

    I almost dare not look at this!

    • Reply tina March 12, 2016 at 11:13 am


  • Reply Trinske Driscoll-Antonides March 10, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I wasn’t going to read this, but you’ve got me intrigued now!! x

    • Reply tina March 12, 2016 at 11:13 am

      You’ll thank me later x

    • Reply Anna van der Feltz March 12, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Me too Trinske! I am completely hooked now thank you Tina! Think is is what I’ve been looking for all my life, ha ha! So much fun!! I really am a sad person that I get so excited over things like this xx

      • Reply tina March 12, 2016 at 1:09 pm

        I was totally hooked last weekend and think I stayed up till 5am to watch videos and absorb it all.
        The next morning I went to get my Leuchtturm 1917 notebook and off I went.

        I realised very quickly that this IS the way forward. I’m juggling so many balls and I needed a system that allows me to put it all into a coherent method.
        I tried so many times to devise one but hey…. not wired that way. Now, the ideas for spreads are flowing and I look forward
        to making my life easier. This week already felt more productive.

        Hope you are well xx

  • Reply Holly March 11, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    omg. I need this in my life. What a clever little system, and perfect framework for tailoring to your own needs. I’m sold. Tina, thank you for sharing this, it’s brilliant! I can only imagine how beautiful your bullet journal is going to be!!!!!! I want to see pics 🙂


    • Reply tina March 12, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Haha. It’s help with Kaito coffee, new baby and generally with your goals and dreams.
      Have fun.

      Mine will look good but don’t think that I will share. Enough people online doing the sharing…:-) xx

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