I get annoyed easily and hate having to re-write the same thing a million times. Yes, technically I could go and get a pre-printed journal, so it’s done for me, but I have never found a planner that suited me or met the needs I had in a planner! I love the bullet journal system and love making spreads, but do hate the constant re-writing for certain things! I’m so excited to share with you the details of my signature bullet journal method: the reusable collection!
I’ve seen many people utilize tools to help them add items to their bullet journals.
Stickers are trendy in the planner community. There are infinite options out there for you, lots of people make and sell them on Etsy. I’m not a fan of stickers for a couple of reasons. Number one, I don’t like how they would add to the thickness of my journal. We all know the Leuchtturm expands as you work through it, of course, it’s not going to stay as pristine and flat as when you bought it. Number two is the fact that writing on a sticker just isn’t the same as writing on paper. I don’t want to have to worry about my pen smudging and it just doesn’t feel right to me for some reason, the texture is different.
Stencils and stamps are also very popular. I love the idea of these, and if I were to look for something extra, I would choose one of these. Stamps could smudge, yes, but if you have the patience to let the ink dry, it’s perfect. I even thought about learning how to make them with my Silhouette Cameo. Stencils also intrigue me because it sounds easy to use. I’ve found a few that I almost purchased but hesitated because I don’t like the idea of spending money on something when I’d likely only use 1 or 2 of the 30 options on the stencil. I also prefer to use the traditional dot as a task indicator instead of circles and squares. I’m a fan of consistency and don’t like the idea of having some pages with circles and other pages with dots to indicate a task!
A new concept
I first thought about the idea of a reusable collection when I created my cabin packing checklist spread.
I needed something that is simple, something that I could use again and again and won’t waste pages or paper while doing it.
My initial thought was to have these items listed in a large tracker format, similar to habit trackers, but when it’s not consistent dates I needed it, it didn’t make much sense.
Then it came to me – something I could fill out, then have the ability to erase and use it over and over again!
What drove the need
I am a forgetful person by nature. I’m the person who will tell you the same story ten times, completely having forgotten I’ve already told you. I’m the person who walks to the kitchen for some water then leaves with nothing in hand just to have to go back again. It’s pretty horrible. I commonly refer to myself as having the memory of a goldfish. I have no idea where that came from or if goldfish have good or bad memories, but once I said it once, it stuck!
You know what I need? A remembrall. You know, from Harry Potter. The one Neville Longbottom got from his Gran in . Why can’t magic be real?
I went on a search to find a system that would work for me. I was tired of blank, lined daily planners that helped me in no way. I’d write a note to one of those days, and it would forever be lost in that book never to be seen or heard of again. I tried using planner pages I had made for myself, first in a binder, then in a discbound journal. It was much better, but I found that every week, I had to tweak the design and reprint it. Even when I thought I solved it, some tiny circumstance in my life would change, and I didn’t have a way to track it in that perfect planner I had designed.
I don’t even know where I found bullet journaling, honestly. Maybe it was Pinterest, maybe it was Instagram, maybe it was a random page that I found on-the-line (yes, online. I effing loved The Internship, Vince Vaughn nearly killed me by using this phrase!) but I found it. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll have seen that I took months between discovering the system and doing it. Now that I have, I’ll never go back. Now and then I’ll see an adorable planner, but I won’t get it because I know it doesn’t serve the purpose I need.
Revolutionizing my bullet journal
I think my favourite thing about bullet journaling is that the entire point of it is to make it your own, do whatever the hell you want in it. The sole purpose of the system itself is to give you a place to store anything and everything, without losing the information you need. If I make a note on a random page, there are always ways to index it later on. If it converts into a task, it’s easy peasy to put that in a daily, weekly, monthly or future log. If it’s just something to remember, add the page number to your future log, so it’s easy to find!
The way I’m making my bullet journal mine is by utilizing a reusable collection. I started with the cabin packing list, and now I’m applying it to a few spreads in my new journal already (Check out my 2018 Setup here!)
Of course, I refreshed my cabin packing list for 2018! But I wanted to use this reusable system on a few things.
You’ll see on the right here; I also created a reusable menu plan and grocery shopping list. I hope it’ll cut down on items I forgot to buy to avoid trips to the expensive corner store!
I also created a reusable cleaning checklist. It has a full month’s worth of daily, weekly, biweekly and monthly tasks that I can check off as I go then as you guessed it, erase and reuse! I’ll be honest here; I didn’t want all these task dots in here…I fudged up the pen and covered it up with metallic brush pens! Proof that you don’t need to be a perfectionist to bullet journal!
Free up pages with reusable collections
I agree that a large part of the fun of bullet journaling is to do fun layouts, but when it comes to mundane tracking, I just get kind of annoyed. Who likes writing laundry as a task every single damn day? Creating these spreads not only helps me stay organized, but they also leave extra room for the rest of my Leuchtturm1917, and I can make the notebook last longer!
The only negative that I’ve come across doing this is the fact that the black ink starts to fade the more you erase. It was barely noticeable in last year’s cabin spread, so I don’t see it being a huge issue. If it bothers me, I can always freshen up the ink and go over it again!