Bullet Journalling — One notebook to rule them all!

To keep myself organised and, because I love paper and all things stationery, I’ve been a journalist all my life. From writing in little spiral-bound notebooks and school exercise books as a child, right on through to a fancy leather-bound Midori (an expensive Japanese notebook) that was a birthday gift. I’ve been an avid note-maker since I was able to hold a pencil and write.

I’ve used all sorts of notebooks to scribble in, and even tried the made for journaling journal by Baron Fig—yes, what a great name! Never mind the journal that everyone seems to hold as sacred, the Leuchtturm1917. But amongst them all, big, small, ruled, dotted or blank, fancy, plain, expensive or cheap. The one I love the most has to be the A5 pocket size Moleskine.

I’ve noted everything from lists of movies watched, to books I want to buy, to snippets I want to remember—quotes, sayings and random thoughts—all the things I don’t want to forget. From To-Do lists to complicated weekly and monthly calendars — they’ve all been scribbled in my beloved Moleskine.

Whatever the notebook of the moment, I’ve found the best way of journalling, the way to make it a habit rather than a chore, has been to follow the simplistic guidelines of Bullet Journal Guru, Ryder Carroll, who has made journalling not only easier to stick to, but almost an art form in and of itself.

Simplicity being the key to making it work. We’re not talking the kind of journalling where each and every page is a work of art, quite the opposite, in fact. Carroll preaches the minimalist approach. His BuJo approach gives you leave to just jot down notes and ideas, thoughts and reminders, as a series of short form sentences paired with a symbol that is your visual guide, as you categorize your entries into: Tasks, Events, or Notes (in it’s basic form).

In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could do to any person; I create myself.” — Susan Sontag

For more information, Melody Wilding writes a great introductory article about Bullet Journaling for Beginners, over on Medium, and the New Republic has Why The Humble Notebook is taking over. Even the prestigious LA Times ran an article Why Is Everyone Crazy for BuJo?

Why? Because it gives people in a digital world the freedom—and yes, permission—to go analogue when it comes to note-taking. Rest assured, a BuJo only needs a pen or pencil—nothing more, nothing less—and doesn’t need constantly charging or updating. Further more, filling a notebook and filing it away on a shelf next to its brethren is an achievement.

And you, do you obsessively note take, and do you BuJo with the best of them?


  1. Oh, you’re a lady after my own heart, Alexandra. I too adore all things notebooky (also lovely pens) – Moleskine is my favourite, too. BuJo sounds fascinating – I must investigate further. Thank you for the heads-up!

    • Oh, how lovely to find a fellow stationery lover like myself. Pens, notebooks, you name it, I collect it like a hoarder. And I do love the Moleskine to jot notes down in, the A5 is so convenient and a decent handbag size.

      Yes, check out Bullet Journalling. I’ve found it really useful, once I understood the principles and use just the bits that work for me.

  2. Looks like we’re members of the same club! I love notebooky stuff too and yes, the pens! A cousin gifted me a a lovely Laura Ashley bird-themed set last year and for the moment, it’s my fave!
    The joy of writing with a real pen on paper just can’t be replaced digitally.

    • Alexandra says

      Oh, glad to have you in the club, Veronica. I think a lot of us who read also have a love of all thing stationery. Maybe it’s something to do with paper? ☺️

      And yes, that joy you get from writing on paper with a great pen, is something special.

  3. I really need to get back to using a bulletjournal. I’ve gone all online and I don’t necessarily love it — there’s something so helpful about actually writing a to-do list.

    • Alexandra says

      Oh, indeed, Nikki. I carry my flex moleskine everywhere with me, so I can scribble stuff in it, as need be. It’s just easier than a phone or ipad, or even the computer.

      Just start with a small pocket sized notebook and pen. That’s all you need.

  4. Oh, I love notebooks, and scribbling all the time 😀
    Really like those Baron Fig ones.
    I’m using now a plain Moleskine one for my book notes, and write my journal in an A/4 spiral notebook. Hehe.
    I tried a bullet journal, but never really managed to get into it. I like looking at other people’s ones though.

    • Alexandra says

      Ah! Another fellow scribbler!

      Yeah, the Baron Fig notebook was lovely, but I’m back to my plain simple Moleskine, I like it best out of all of them. It gives me freedom to scribble all over the page. As I love to doddle too.

      There are some very creative types out there, whose spreads are works of art. Lovely to look at.

    • Hi Josie, thanks for stopping by. I tried them all but still prefer my Moleskine. I think we all find works for us.

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