As another bullet journal is getting full, it’s time to start thinking about what my next one is going to involve.
The stock photo above shows a Stabilo highlighter. I’ve heard good things about these. However, I already have some highlighters lying around, so no Stabilos for me until those babies get used up or dry out.\
My stash of coloured pens is holding up, so I don’t need any more of those yet. I lost the light green pen, which is weird, because it’s not as though I’m moving around with them. Maybe the dryer sock monster got its hands on the pen somehow.
For the journal itself, I’m a big fan of Peter Pauper Press because they do cool designs plus they’re not expensive. Paperblanks has really nice journals as well, but they’re almost double the price, and I’m too cheap for that. I like just a basic, lined interior for the journal; no sort of fancy bullet journal-specific bits required.
Below are the journals that I’m contemplating. The images contain affiliate links in case you’re interested, but feel free to ignore those.
I write in my journal every day, so it’s something that I’m looking at regularly. My current journal has a nice Celtic oak tree design, but the colour scheme is pretty tame.
The options I’m considering (shown below) are a lot more colourful. The lower three have an elastic that slips over the front cover to keep the journal shut, and they’re a little bit smaller. I think I’d probably prefer a larger sized journal, so I’m leaning towards the Autumn Moon one (top left). The Spirit Of Flight, which shows the woman’s face, is pretty cool, although I think it’s a little bit too busy for me.
With my current journal, I set everything up at the beginning of the year, including my list of things that I track regularly. For my next journal, I think I’ll just set up the first couple of months ahead of time and then do all the rest of my formatting and stuff as I go along.
Another change I’m going to make is that instead of having my daily gratitude list for the full year at the back of my journal, I’m going to work it in with the pages for each month. I’ve been noticing for the last few months that I’m often forgetting to do a gratitude entry because it doesn’t cross my mind to flip to the back of the journal. I don’t do well when things aren’t right in front of my face.
I have some of these planner stickers already, but they’re more geared towards use in a day planner. A lot of them I just have no use for because I just don’t have a “normal” life.
The Amazon images don’t give a great view, but both of these sticker packs seem more motivational than the one I’ve currently got. Stickers are an important part of my journalling experience. I’m totally useless at anything artistic, so stickers, along with some brightly coloured pens, are what keeps the inside of my journal looking interesting.
Michael’s also has some stickers appropriate for bullet journalling, but not a huge selection. Does anyone know of any great places to find a good selection of stickers that would be a good fit for bullet journalling?
One final thing I need to get is a new ruler. I’ve got this short, flimsy cracked plastic job I’ve had for probably 20 years that makes creating an actual straight line just a slim possibility. It’s time to live large and upgrade.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve got in mind for my next journal. My current one should last me until the end of this year, but I’ll probably order my goodies next month.
Do you keep a bullet journal? What kinds of supplies do you use?
This how-to guide on creating a bullet journal to support mental health is available free from the MH@H Store. My approach isn’t about artistry; it’s all about functionality.