discovering the bullet journal and its parts

This is part 1 of a 3 part series on bullet journaling. If you don’t know what bullet journaling is, go here.

I was perusing Pinterest and clicked on a pin about bullet journaling, and then followed the internet rabbit trail by clicking on the links under #6 on her list. I love discovering the origins of things so I was happy to find that on The Art of Simple, Tsh has the video of the guy who started it all. The cool thing about the bullet journal is that you can hone it to your personal style. Figuring out what worked for me led me down the YouTube rabbit trail where I found inspirations for the different parts of my journal. But then I added my own flare as I went, and to be honest, a good bit of my journal deviates from the minimalistic style of the original system. So here is my take on the bullet journal.

In the very front of my journal I have a letter to anyone who finds my journal, that will hopefully encourage said person to return it to me.


Next, I have the opening verse to the Liturgy of the Hours (more details on this in my next post) followed by my index.


My index is not in the traditional bullet journal style. I had this journal before I discovered bullet journaling, intending to use it as a commonplace book, and developed my index based on John Locke’s method of indexing commonplace books.


I have a list of signifiers that I’m still working out.


My collections include my gratefulness/prayer journal, reoccurring chore list, liturgical year notes, photography notes, and blog notes.


My monthly and weekly logs were inspired by YouTube videos. I would try to commit to one style for a week and then decide if it worked. I wish I kept track of the videos that were my inspirations so that I could give them credit. I just searched “bullet journal __(part of journal)__” and clicked through the videos.



Another way I added my style is how I decorate. I wanted to keep supplies to a minimum for simplicity sake. I usually just have my journal and a black pen hanging around. Sometimes I use a pencil because I have commitment issues when writing things down. I have a pouch of pens for doodling when I can take time for it. I really enjoy this part, but I don’t want to pressure myself into decorating each new page so I add decoration as I’m inspired. I did finally splurge for some washi tape because I wanted to know what the hype was all about.


I’m still figuring out what works and what doesn’t. I’m planning an update post, so stay tuned.