Three's A'loud

Introduction to bullet journaling

It is no secret that I like to keep busy. When I am not running our guesthouse I enjoy doing hotel management training. I love being involved in a few different charity projects and then there is also the small matter of getting three kids at the right place at the right time with the right backpack/sports equipment/bribe money. Oh and I also write a little blog…you might have seen it.

Of course all these different interests have to be managed and planned to some extent. I have always been quite attached to my A4 diary. What can be more satisfying than crossing out daily tasks on a hastily scribbled to-do list? NOTHING, that’s what! Everyone would tell me “There’s an app for that.” but what is the point in doing something if you can’t draw a big fat line through it afterwards to look back on at the end of the day? Sometimes I would even write “Make a to-do list.” just so I can cross something off as completed.

So when the whole “Bullet Journal” thing came around to South Africa at last I just shrugged. Meh. I already have a system. And to be honest it just seemed like something students in America were doing so they could doodle while listening to lectures.

One day I even saw these absolutely gorgeous leather journals in a local stationary shop but luckily I already had a system. My trusty old A4 page-a-day-diary.

However, pretty soon I started hearing about more and more professional respected (grown up) boss ladies having a bullet journal. So eventually I did what we all do…I googled it. And just like that I was hooked. And by hooked I mean obsessed. And by obsessed I mean my journal has become one of my most prized possessions.

It has been 5 months and I have never looked back. I can best explain it by saying that I think the left side of my brain and the right side of my brain is in synch for the first time in years. Obsessive-list-maker-boss-lady meets little-girl-painting-raindrops. Welcome to the inside of my head.

For the next few months I would love to share some thoughts and tips on the process (and lack thereof) and would love if you share your thoughts and tips right back. For starters today, here are 4 clues that you should seriously look into this:

  1. You make lists

    I am a massive list maker. I already told you about my dairy but I also had a notepad on my fridge and a desktop calendar at work. I had an entire rainbow of post-it notes all over the place and crumpled shopping lists in my handbag. There were long lists on my phone’s Notemaker app and I even sent emails and text messages to myself.

    My journal keeps my shopping lists, to do lists and general information ramblings all in one place. Some of it is pretty, some of it is messy and some of it would make sense to no one other than me. Much like our daily lives. It just works.

  2. You have unique requirements from your diary

    So your kids have to be at choir practise every Monday, in ballet class every Wednesday and take some cookies to grandma’s house every Friday between 15h00 and 16h00? Which means you cannot schedule any Skype meetings or supplier proposals during those times. Ever. Also you are trying to live healthier and so you scribble your daily-8-glasses-of-water-goal on the back of a flyer which you have stapled to the back page of your diary. Also you have this list of books that “Every woman needs to read to live a fulfilled life” printed out and its always falling out of your laptop bag when you take out your computer but when you get to a bookstore its magically nowhere to be found. Don’t you ever wish you can have a custom made diary to keep all these things in the same place? Enter the bullet journal. It can be all these things and more. Or less. Whatever you need it to be.

  3. You are creative

    …but seriously, who can have a full time job and still make time to be creative? YOU! That’s who. Some days you might feel like creativity means doodling a cute little fox in the margin of your to do list and other days “creative” might mean a double page water painting of your extended family walking into the sunset with flying unicorns above their heads sipping beautiful cocktails. (Please note this is a completely random example which is in no way based on my own journals). Your journal will ensure you have time and a place for both the minimalistic and the dramatic creative urges that you might or might not have.

  4. You are not creative at all

    Not creative at all? Then a bullet journal is definitely for you. The system is so logical and analytical it will become your new best friend.

I will share a few tips for getting started in the days to come but for now have a look-see if these links inspire you:


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