An Exercise in Patience

aka: That Time Kim Tried Bullet Journaling and Fought Desperately Against The Urge To Burn It All And Start Over. At Least Four Times.

I like to say I have Situational OCD. There are some situations where a little clutter or mess really doesn’t bother me too much. And there there are things that I just cannot abide. Anything that I handwrite is one of those things. I can’t even begin to count the number of times, during my time in college where I would start taking notes and then either rip out the page and start over (multiple times) or come home and completely re-write them until they looked pristine. It’s a serious problem. Something I really do try to work on, but I usually will toss the page and start over. I know White-Out exists, in fact, the little White Out Tape Machine on my desk is my best friend.

So, the fact that I’m going to try and tackle a Bullet Journal seems, in the deep corners of my mind, like some kind of heinous self-torture. I mean, this thing is in ink. And color. And holy Jesus what am I doing to myself. But the more I researched it (yes, I researched it … for weeks and weeks now), I came to realize that part of the beauty of the Bullet Journal is that you make it up as you go. It’s part organizer, part planner, part brain dump, part creative outlet, part goal tracker, and on and on. I’m only using mine for personal stuff, I have way too many work tasks on a daily basis to even attempt it for that, but getting my personal stuff (chorus work, writing, household stuff, etc) in order and doing some goal tracking and habit forming, seems like something I can try and take on. So into the breach I go. Lord help me.

You may be wondering, Kim, what the flock is a Bullet Journal? Well, I wondered the same thing for a while. I had heard about them and saw things floating around on Pinterest, so I jumped in and did some reading about them. The “creator” of the idea is a dude named Ryder Carroll. He’s a digital design guy from New York. The BuJo (yes, I know) is an analog organization system. In a world where technology is king, I’m a lover of reading an actual book and writing with pen and paper, so call me old fashioned, but this seemed very interesting to me because of that. It utilized Rapid Logging to track tasks and events and whatever else you want to track. It is infinitely customizable and can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. You can read all about it on the original Bullet Journal page, and I encourage you to do so. Great basic information and the best starting place if you want to know what it’s all about.

I’m trying to keep my set up simple to start, I clearly need to invest in a really good eraser, as I’m doing it all in pencil first, because I’m partially bonkers about this stuff. I figure I will try to get into the habit of daily logging first and then I’ll try to get fancy.

My Basic Supplies:

I got myself a decent and not too expensive journal, the Essentials Grid Lined A5. It’s basic black, has decent grid lines, not too dark, and I think I’m gonna like it.

I’m using some pens and pencils I already had, being an Office Supply Addict and Hoarder helped in that respect. My main pen is a black Pilot Precise V5. It’s the pen I already use at work and I like it, although there is a bit too much bleed through in my journal, so I may try using more pencil and see if I like that any better. I also have some Pilot Precise V5 colored roller ball pens that I really like, but again, the bleed through may be an issue. Once I get a little further in I’ll have to decide for sure. But since I’m trying to do this on the cheap, I’m going with what I have for now.

I am using the good old-fashioned and very basic Crayola Colored Pencils at this point, because until I really know how I’m going to do this, I don’t plan to spend any more money than absolutely necessary.

My Supply Wish List:

Having spent the good part of one whole day “actually” writing in my journal, and endless hours researching layouts and ideas and suggestions and samples, I do have a decent idea of a few things I think I do want to spend money on at some point.

I’d like to get a nice metal ruler for my lines. I’d like to explore some other pen options, just to see if I can find something with less bleed-through. I may try to dabble in some graphite paper for tracing fun things on my pages. I enjoy the whole Adult Coloring Book thing and I think that might be fun.

This Will Be Good For Me … Right?

My end game in this whole thing multi-fold. I’d like to make myself lighten up with regards to my penmanship needing to be perfect all the time. I’d like to release some of my inner creative. I know it’s there but that stupid OCD part of me when it comes to putting pen or pencil to paper makes me stop before I really get started. I’m hoping to use the habit tracker pages to get into some better habits and make some significant changes in my life, in the way of my health and mental well being mostly, as well as self care and doing more creating of things. Be that writing or other crafty type stuff. I’ve been saying for a while now that 2016 is The Year Of Kim and this is just another attempt at me trying to find myself and trying to encourage myself to be the best me I can be. Sounds totally corny and super cheesy … but it is what it is friend. This year is the beginning of some serious self-discovery for me. I’m about to BuJo all over this bitch.

PS: I’m hoping this is the first in a series. I have a couple more pages I want to set up and then I plan to post some photos of my first few pages. BuJo Herewego!


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