***If you are reading this blog, it is likely you either already know what a Bullet Journal is, or you are hoping to learn more about it. I suggest you visit the home of the Bullet Journal to get a more in-depth explanation from the creator, Ryder Carroll, as I will be discussing more of how I have made the system work for me. But first, a bit of background.
I came across Bullet Journals in early 2016 via a Goulet Pen Company video with guest blogger Kara Benz of Boho Berry. Of course, that discussion then started me down a rabbit hole of YouTube videos (you know how it goes).
I was inspired by Benz’s “perfect” spreads and her cheerful personality, but also by her inquisitive perspective regarding all the possibilities of this new planner system. (She has recently made a series of Bullet Journal 101 videos.)
As I watched these videos, I realized I was already using the Bullet Journal system in my own way. I think the main difference was that I didn’t use the key Caroll developed for himself and I completely crossed off items on my lists when I was done. I have since tried to organize my work journal a bit more like the official bullet journal, especially in 2017, but the general idea is still there.
Below are some past examples from my work journal.
One day, I watched Benz’s video on how she was using a bullet journal for her business (in addition to the one for her personal life). At the time, I was in the midst of a business plan writing class at WWBIC in Milwaukee and thought I would like to keep better track of my business’ development through a bullet journal.
Even though you can DEFINITELY use a plain jane, run-of-the-mill book and a pen/pencil/crayon/etc, I set myself up with a book, pen, and some ink because, simply, they bring me joy and I felt this new chapter of my life, as a business owner, needed something special.
Reflecting on this setup, while I don’t regret my choices, I do think there was a bit of anxiety around “messing” up my book with unimportant or imperfect pages. But that is what this blog is all about, “real, not-pin-worthy” planner reviews.
As I mentioned earlier, a bullet journal can be customized in SO MANY ways it is slightly ridiculous but also freeing. Allow me to share what my business bullet journal is a place for and what it is not a place for. That might give you a better understanding of how it may be useful to you.
My business bullet journal is a place for:
My business bullet journal is NOT a place for:
Personal appointment calendars
Homemaking/meal planning lists
Personal development/improvement trackers
Only pretty pages
In future blog posts I plan to dive into each category I mentioned above and share what is and isn’t working for me and explore what I can do to make it better.
But before I go, I want to leave you with some ways I make my journal a place for Inspiration.
These pages allow me to be creative and capture what I am hoping to bring to my business: soul. I chose the word “soul” as a focus for my intentions as a baker and business owner.
If you had to choose one word to set the tone for your path in this chapter of your life, what would it be?
Let me know in the comments below.
Angela Steinkamp has lived and worked in Milwaukee, WI for the past 6 years. In addition to being the Office Manager for Brilliance Business Solutions, she is also the owner and “Bakeress” of August Sweets. When she is not baking for customers, she is often baking for friends and family and attempting to adapt a bullet journal for her baking company. Angela is married to her husband Chris and together they enjoy gardening, improving their new old house, bicycling, loving their 6-year old orange tabby cat named Panza (pahn-za), and nature adventuring. Angela dabbles in many hobbies that are constantly shifting on the priority list, in no particular order and including but not limited to: sewing, knitting, painting, crafting, reading, puzzling, anything Harry Potter/Hogwarts (always near the top), and in general “making”.