Remember back around New Year’s when I was all, Whoa, check out this genius bullet journal idea, and you were all, whoa, that looks amazing?

Well, I’ve been using mine daily for over a month, and an exchange with some folks on Twitter today reminded me that I’ve been meaning to blog about it for a while.

Bullet journal on desk

The most important thing I have to say about the bullet journal is that I use it. Unlike pretty much every other productivity system I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot.


Because I was fairly confident I wouldn’t stick with it, I decided not to go out and buy a new journal and fancy pen. Instead, I picked up one of several nearly empty journals I’ve collected over the years. I clipped off the handful of used pages, and got going. This book doesn’t have gridded pages, and though I think I’d like my next bullet journal to have that feature, I don’t mind using unlined pages. Also, around the time I started the journal I came across an old, cheap fountain pen and some ink, so I’ve been using that. It feels very special. So, how do I use it? Well, I use it pretty much as directed.

to-do lists

I manage my to-do lists in it, every single day, and I keep a master monthly list. You can see some little arrows that push an unfinished item to the following day. I do that all the time. It’s not like the bullet journal has made me do more stuff, after all, it just holds the lists of all the stuff I have to do.

travel planning in bullet journal

I’m using it to collect all the info and notes I have related to travel. For example, it’s going to be a pain in the ass to get to Craftcation. I’m super excited about that conference (are you going? you should go), but it involves a flight, a bus and a train to get to. I’ll have all my documents printed out and with me while I schlep Mighty Ugly materials from one vehicle to the next, but I’ve also listed all the info and connection times in my bullet journal as a backup, because I’ve come to know that this journal will always be with me. Also, I like occasionally using my red marker in it.


And I’ve been doodling in it. One of the things I’m really loving about #YearOfMaking (more on that in another post, soon) is that I’ve been doodling more (or, really, at all). The way a bullet journal is organized allows for all these different uses, which, to be perfectly honest, makes my heart sing. One book FOR ALL THE THINGS.

I know a fair number of you were as jacked up about this idea last month as I was.

Have you made a bullet journal? Are you still using it? If the idea is new to you, fire away with questions. This book has changed my life. For real.