Read On! Bullet Journals

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Bullet journaling, habit tracking, and life planning are all terms for the popular phenomena of using good old fashioned pen and paper to keep track of your life. Whatever you call it or whatever kind of vessel you use, designing templates to track various aspects of our lives is a big deal right now.

I did a quick survey of the staff working at the time of this writing and all of seven of us use some sort of analog system to record our daily lives. We use our various journals and planners to track a wide array of things – to do lists, car maintenance, habits to be formed, daily moods, bills paid, books read, and more.

Most of us have special pens we use in our notebooks or planners and have chosen to decorate the pages where we track the various things we want to record before we start using them. Some of us like to use stickers, others draw freehand or with stencils. All of us have taken time to think about what we’re tracking and devote a space for those things in our journals or planners.

I struggle with the difficulty of translating a vision of art onto paper, so my planner is not very pretty. I was feeling a little glum about that fact this morning, but then I remembered that the library has a collection of scrapbooking tools. It’s not an extensive collection, but if you’re looking for a free way to spruce up your planner or bullet journal (or do some actual scrapbooking), we’ve got fun stamps, fancy edge scissors, and paper punches that you can check out or use in the library. I’m excited to use some of the paper punches to make my own stencils.

If you’re interested in starting your own bullet journal or habit tracker, keep an eye out in the next few months for a workshop on this very topic. Our adult classes and events are the second Thursday of every month at 7 PM.