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Bullet Journalling For Beginners

Weekly planner spread

If you follow me on Twitter you’ll perhaps already know that I’ve abandoned a typical planner this year in favour of a Bullet Journal. For those unfamiliar with the concept, the Bullet Journal offers a flexible and creative means with which to plan, track and organise your life. I’ve been aware of the Bullet Journal for a while now and though the format appealed I felt somewhat intimidated by the creativity required. But when shopping for a 2018 planner I couldn’t find one that seemed fit for my needs. I am currently spinning a lot of different plates so to speak and I wanted a planner that would allow flexibility first and foremost. The Bullet Journal seemed the best option.

July Monthly Spread

When I originally drafted this post, I was one week into it. Somehow, 6 months have now passed! And I am a total #bujo convert! I’ve been charting my progress via Twitter: check out my feed if you want to follow what I’m doing there (I’ve been using the hashtags #bulletjournal #bujo #bujobeginner – though I’ve dropped the latter one of late as it feels a bit disingenuous now that it’s been 6 months!). I’ve found it really useful and not half as time-consuming as I expected.

June Monthly Spread

I mostly work with monthly and weekly planning spreads. I usually vary the monthly layout based on templates I find on Pinterest. I’ve tended not to experiment too much with my weekly planner format. If I find something I like and that’s functional, I tend not to tweak it too much. Again, I usually scan Pinterest for ideas though all that seems to achieve is me feeling envious at my lack of creativity & artistic ability!

Word Count Tracker
Daily Writing Tracker

I’ve also been using the Bullet Journal to track my writing progress as I work towards the completion and submission of my book manuscript. I’ve come up with writing logs and word trackers which allow me to see how productive I’m being. Taking note of how much I can achieve in a short time as well as noting when I actually get time to write is proving enormously helpful in terms of understanding my work habits within my current routine.

I am absolutely loving the Bullet Journal and plan to proceed with this for the foreseeable. It has most definitely aided my productivity and there is something very therapeutic in the process of creating new spreads. What about you? Do you #bujo? Do you have questions about bullet journalling? Drop me a line!


2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Pecha Kucha: Review and Reflection

Last week I participated in my first Pecha Kucha event. I blogged about it over on The George Washington Wilson blog.


On Tuesday 2nd December 2014, a number of scholars affiliated with The George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture participated in a Pecha Kucha evening at the Belmont cinema.  For those unfamiliar with the concept, Pecha Kucha is a mode of presentation based on showing 20 images, each for 20 seconds with the images advancing automatically.  The format originated in Japan, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture.  (If you are interested, you can read more about the origins of Pecha Kucha here.)  While Pecha Kucha is a platform open to all, it has become a popular method of public engagement for academics keen to communicate their research with a wider audience.

Last week’s gathering was the ninth event in Aberdeen’s Pecha Kucha series, and our topic was ‘Visual Culture’.  The evening was hosted by Dr. Liz Curtis, who is the Public Engagement with…

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