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bullet journalling revisited {blogtoberfest day 30}

When I first posted about bullet journalling, I thought it would be one of those posts that get a bit of a a quick glance and we all move on – six months later and it is consistently one of my most viewed posts, which never ceases to amaze me. I am still kind of sort of bullet journalling, but I’ve twisted it into a hybrid that works better for me than a straight bullet journal.

I love the idea of bullet journalling. But I am quite possibly the only person in the world for whom it just doesn’t fit. I missed my diary. I was bulleting too many things & it was getting messy and out of control. So I went back to my Filofaux, armed with a pretty pink financial year diary from Kikki K, which has a format that I ADORE – a month to two pages at the beginning of each month, a week to two pages in a pretty grid of 8 boxes covering the days of the week and one for notes, gorgeous creamy paper stock, sweet & inspiring quotes, and two ribbon makers. Oh, did I mention it was PINK? As much as I loved the idea of bullet journalling, I love this diary more, and it fits much better for the way my brain works, it seems.

I haven’t completely abandoned bullet journalling principles, however. The notebook that lives with my diary is my pseudo-bullet-journal. It holds notes and daily to-do lists, as well as shopping lists, and previously also our fortnightly menu plans. In meetings I can easily take notes and add them to the index for quick location. Party plans slot in easily. For notes and lists, it’s perfect.

And then I have my diary that works better, for me, for the weekly happenings and appointments and goings-on – as well as giving me a chance to get all pretty with washi & cute sticky notes…

And as I mentioned above, my menu plans no longer make it into the notepad, but instead I was inspired by Alyce using the folded Project Life journalling cards as menu planning inserts – I don’t generally use these cards in my Project Life spreads, so with a stack of them just sitting there, this was a brilliant idea I was quick to adopt. Even better? They perfectly fit a full fortnight’s menu plan. AWESOMESAUCE.

And for now, this system works for me. Traditional diary for events and day planning. “Bullet journal” for notes and lists. Not necessarily a perfect system, but one that works and keeps me organised. That isn’t to say I haven’t requested a pretty organiser binder should the gift giving bug hit a certain someone, though…

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