2016 was the year I finally took the bullet journal plunge, and wow, am I glad I did. When I made my list of the top things that worked for me in 2016, it was one of the most obvious things to put on the list.
When I started my bullet journal, I heeded some wise advice and kept it super simple. As I got the hang of it, I gained confidence, but my own system is still pretty bare bones, and not a single one of my pages is as pretty as the ones you’ll see on instagram. I like it that way, and I like that with bullet journaling you can do whatever works for you—simple or complex, highly decorative or spare minimalist.
My bullet journal is filled with the things I care about and want to keep track of: my daily agendas, habit trackers, vacation logs, stuff I learned. And, of course, notes about books. Lots and lots of notes about books and reading: what I read, what I want to, what I loved, what I hated, future releases I don’t want to forget about, potential lifetime favorites lists … it goes on and on. And with a bullet journal, it’s been surprisingly easy to keep track of all that stuff, in the same place.
If you relish a fresh start of any variety, this is a glorious time of year. Here on Modern Mrs Darcy, we’ve been talking a lot about how to get more out of your reading life. We just kicked off the 2017 Reading Challenge: a choose-your-own adventure checklist that lets you decide what you need in the year to come: do you need to rediscover the fun of reading, or do you need to stretch yourself in 2017?
Readers are split on which path they need, but I’m encouraging everyone to track what they read—to keep some kind of book journal. I don’t care what system you use, as long as you use one, but I can tell you this: learning how to bullet journal as a book lover is one of the best things I did for my reading life last year, and it will continue to make a big difference in the years to come.
That’s why this year I taught an online class in the MMD Book Club. It’s called Bullet Journaling for Book Lovers, and it’s an hour-long look at how to use this analog tool to get more out of your reading life.
Here’s what we cover:
- Bullet journaling basics: I’ll briefly explain how a bullet journal works, so newbies won’t be left in the dust.
- Tools! I’ll share favorite journals, pens, and pencils, and the various extras journalers use to add flair and functionality to their journals.
- Customization. I’ll show examples of simple and complex bullet journal methods, and explore the basic and over-the-top ways people design and decorate their journals, with an emphasis on the reading life.
- Real readers, real journals. I’ll share oodles of examples of how actual readers are using their bullet journals to organize, inspire, beautify, and maximize their reading lives. We’ll discuss more than a dozen ways to use your bullet journal specifically for your reading life.
- A practical get-started guide. We won’t send you on your way without specific next steps to put into practice.
free for MMD Book Club members ($10/month, no obligation, cancel whenever you wish).
Want to join us?
• If you’re an MMD Book Club member, you don’t need to do anything. You can access the class whenever you’d like.
• Want to join the MMD Book Club? Do so right here.
• Purchase the Bullet Journaling for Book Lovers class here, and get one of our Reading Journal Kits while you’re at it!
I hope this class gives you the information you need to get more out of your reading life—and your bullet journal—in 2017. Happy journaling, and happy reading!