After trialing the Bullet Journal idea for three months; trying different page layouts, being a bit creative and making "mistakes" I had a good idea about what worked for me. I wanted to create my own journal from scratch, mostly because I like the design aspect, and enjoy the making. I also could completely customize it to my needs. The question was - What did I need? I'd really enjoyed the look and feel of my hard covered journal and felt it worked really well for the Bullet Journal approach. However, as I wanted to avoid ruling up my appointment pages by hand I needed to create templates. I have a spiral binding machine (from years of making my own planner/diaries) and so that won out. Added to which the spine would easily store a couple of pens, and add and remove pages should I need too. Following this I went on a hunt for good quality paper, and settled on an artist sketch pad which was slightly off-white in colour (doesn't show up white out) and thick enough to prevent bleed through or ghosting. The next task was to decide on content. I made a list of criteria based on what had worked over the last three months:
We are now moving into June, and I'm moving into my third month of this journal. I'm loving it - still experimenting, trying different ways of getting things done and holding myself accountable. Having a daily relationship with the Bullet Journal system is key to it's (and my) success - it really is the next best thing to a Personal Assistant!