My First Bullet Journal

I’ve been curious about the Bullet Journal concept since I started on my traveller’s notebook journey and with lots of people buying Never-ending Notebooks for this very purpose, I thought it was time I gave it a try too.

So what on earth is a Bullet Journal you ask?  Well, as I’m still getting my head around it myself I thought it might be best if the creator of this system, Ryder Carroll, explain it.  Here is a great little video of Ryder giving a brief overview.  For more detailed explanation check out bulletjournal.com

There is so much information out there on bullet journaling and it can become quite overwhelming and intimidating once you start seeing lots of creative layouts on Pinterest and Instagram.  My advice is to start simple. You can always add pretty embellishments later as the main focus of the system is ORGANISATION & PRODUCTIVITY.

Future Log inspired by @maryj13 on Instagram

If you can’t stop yourself from adding a little extra, like me, there are lots of great page layouts out there you can take inspiration from.  Don’t worry about it being perfect, you can always sketch it out in pencil first.   Always remember, it’s not supposed to be perfect, it’s supposed to keep you on top of things.

 

Before I set up my ‘Future Log’ (which is really just a simple calendar), I left space for my Index page as that is one of the most important parts of bullet journalling.  I then started on my ‘Monthly Log’ & ‘Daily Log’.  Another vital part of this system is having a ‘key’ of the types of bullets you will be using and having it somewhere that is easy to refer to.

 

My ‘key’ taped inside of one of my laminated dashboards that I will keep around my bullet journal notebook.

I won’t go into too much detail about the system in this post as Ryder Carroll’s video and website will make far more sense than me at this stage.  I will keep you posted on my progress in future posts and focus on each of the individual areas of bullet journalling.

Monthly Log

I would love to hear from you in the comments if you use a bullet journal or have tried one before.  Do you like it?  How have you changed it to best suit your needs?  What are your favorite sites and resources?

Daily Log

Well now I’m going to click ‘Publish’ on this post so I can happily mark it off in today’s Daily Log.  Happy Journalling everyone!

 

Where did I go?

So way back in March I decided to start this little blog.  I was pretty enthusiastic and had great ideas for what it would become… I even made a special Never-ending Notebook just to plan it and keep track of my posts and ideas!  So why did I all of a sudden seem to disappear?

A few month ago, I fell down the stairs and injured my shoulder.  Ouch!  It progressively got worse to the point where I couldn’t actually use it to make my books or attend markets.  Big bummer right, but surely I could still type?  Still keep working on this blog and growing my business?  That would have been the smart thing to do, but unfortunately I have this nasty habit of dropping the ball when I’ve got a good thing going.

 

This habit goes all the way back to high school days and my early twenties where I became the queen of self-sabotage.  Back then I had an excuse, probably a good one I guess, I suffered from depression.  Now why would I tell you this personal detail?  Especially since I’ve been managing it great for years and I’m a fully functioning adult (well, most of the time)?  I guess it’s because it’s nothing to be ashamed about and as a society we should talk about it more.  I was really good at hiding it back then too.  None of my friends knew, not even my family.  It wasn’t till I was around 20 that I acknowledged that it was a problem and got help.

 

This probably seems like a completely random thing to be writing about on a blog about notebooks, but in my mind, at least I’m writing something.  So this nasty habit has crept back into my life and it’s allowed me to become lazy, not just with this blog, but with all aspects of my life.  For example, I have a half finished ‘Kmart Make-over’ in progress in my kitchen right now…. that I started at least a month ago!!  As for the shoulder, it’s much better and nearly back to full function.  So no more excuses!  Time to get back in to using these notebooks for one of the main things they’re great for… Organisation!!  Thanks for letting me share with you guys and use this post to help keep myself accountable.

 

Till next week… Heidi.

My First Blog Post 

Welcome to the first post of The Never-Ending Notebook Blog.  I hope this blog will give you a chance to get to know me and what The Never-Ending Notebook is all about.

 

A little about me…

I’m a wife to an amazing man, mother to two crazy kids, and as it turns out, a bit of a creative individual.

I don’t remember ever being all that creative or crafty as a child… I was either thinking about horses or riding them.  As I grew up I was always impressed by how talented my mother was at sewing and cooking but I had convinced myself that it must have skipped a generation.  After all, I spent most of my time in home economics at high school unpicking whatever it was I was attempting to make!

Eventually I started to embrace my creative side (although I still can’t sew to save myself!).  When our kids came along and I became a stay at home mum, I started a small jewellery business, just as an outlet for myself.  I loved making jewellery and meeting new people but it was starting to take a toll on my hands and joints.  So in the beginning of 2016, I decided to give it up.

That was supposed to be the end of my creative business journey, or so I thought….

 

The beginning of The Never-ending Notebook…

I’ve always loved stationary and notebooks and that love affair seems to have grown in adulthood.  I will quite happily wander aimlessly around stationary stores, and if you live in the Gladstone area, you have probably seen me in our local Officeworks many times.  There is just something special about putting pen to paper, although I have been guilty of hoarding notebooks and pens “because they’re too good or too pretty to use”.  Thankfully, I’m getting out of that habit.

Late last year I came across the concept of Travellers Notebooks.  I was instantly hooked and googled everything about them.  What an awesome idea – an interchangeable and very personal notebook system!  I had to have one… So I decided to try and make one myself.  I made one for me… my kids…. and a couple of my good friends who are also addicted to notebooks just as much as me. 

With the encouragement (and bullying) of my close friends, I went into production mode and The Never-ending Notebook was born.  There is now a growing number of Never-ending Notebook users in my local area and just last month they went international when I posted one to a friend in Spain.

 

My hopes for this blog…

This is my first ever attempt at blogging and like anything, I’m sure I’ll get better at it with practice.  I think this will be a great way to share with you all the amazing and different ways you can use your Never-ending Notebook that will ensure it will work best for your individual needs.  Post topics will include; Tips & Tricks, Planning, Bullet Journalling, Events, Give-away’s, Guest posts and many more… 

I look forward to getting to know you – your passions and goals.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or ideas on products and blog posts you’d like to see.

Thanks for joining me on this journey,

Regards,

Heidi xx

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