In yesterday’s post, I talked about calendars. I rattled off a whole list of different paper and digital calendars/planners that you can use to organize your life.
But what if those aren’t quite your style? What if you want more customizability?
Here are some options I’ve found through cruising the world of #planneraddicts.
Bullet journaling is a recent craze in the planning/journaling community. It’s a combination of a planner, a task list, and a journal. Here’s an example:
A bullet journal can be any notebook, but graph or dotted paper works particularly well (Leuchtturm1917 notebooks are popular). At the beginning of the notebook, you create an index. You list out months and note important dates. Then you progress through the notebook by day, listing out tasks, events, and notes in no particular order (unless you want one). You can code items with symbols of your own device. And you can, at any point, break off with your scheduling and ramble for a few pages of thoughts, plans, or otherwise. BulletJournal.com has a much more exhaustive setup guide.
Following that, you can customize any way you like. Click on the images below for close-up views and links to full posts where other bloggers have outlined their own bullet journaling strategies.
Filofaxes are another type of paper planner which are special for their customizability. They look like this:
Courtesy of galadarling.com
Unlike bullet journals, the history of the filofax goes back all the way to WWI, according to the official website at FilofaxUSA.com. Like bullet journals, they are hugely customizable, but unlike them, you don’t have to do all your own decorating. Filofax and other companies make pre-designed paper refills for all kinds of purposes. You don’t have to replace a filofax like you do a notebook–just its filling.
FilofaxUSA has countless types of layouts/paper to fill your filofax, but there are tons of other stories on Etsy and elsewhere that sell more “fun” (colorful) paper. There are monthly calendar layouts, yearly layouts, to-do list layouts, diary page layouts, blank pages, and more. Some bloggers even make printables for custom pages. LimeTreeFruits, for example, has printables for self-care pages, health trackers, and to-do lists. And finding more freebies and cool stationery is only a Pinterest search away.
These are two very popular types of DIY planners. As a disclaimer, I have only ever tried the bullet journal and found that I liked my current planner system (my Passion Planner) better. I also tend to prefer notebooks to binders, but maybe someday I’ll invest in a filofax and give it a try.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look into a more customizable way to plan your life. If you know of another DIY method for planners, I’d love to hear about it in the comments! Otherwise, I’ll be back tomorrow with the letter E.