Favourite Book(s) #33 – How to Bullet Plan by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

51kvt1Nnm8LFor reasons I cannot explain this book has become a favourite. It is a shame that this likely first book about Bullet planning was published by someone who did not devise the concept, but such is life!

I spotted this in a magazine I think last year and ordered it from Amazon because I could always return it, but it became a favourite, probably because like many others I am fascinated by what people include in their planners, whether or not they bullet journal.

This book has a mixture of snippets from famous diarists, such as Samuel Pepys and includes some  ideas for what you might keep in your planner or notebook, anything from tracking how much water you drink to chores, from health and food, debriefs if you see a councillor or similar professional. There are lists of quotes, planner set ups, daily, weekly, monthly and even future year – this is useful if you start booking events and things before purchasing the next planner. Packing lists, books and TV series lists and an assortment of others.

Did I learn something from this book, well yes I did and I dare say you will too if you choose to purchase the book or even look at the preview on Amazon. We are limited by only our imagination and sometimes, our imagination is expanded by the unlikeliest of books or things. There is a book written by the man (Ryder Carroll) who designed the concept of Bullet planning which will be published October of this year. I have it on advance order, because I would be interested in reading what he says about this style of planning and notebook writing.

At the back of this book is a small bibliography, a list of the pens the author uses. I don’t use the pens the author uses and when I did try them found them not to my liking. My preferred pen is a series of coloured Uniball ones and whilst I always by the set of 8 from Amazon, the colours I use the most are green and blue. Do I need to use colour pens? No, but that goes back to my O-level days and I am a creature of habit.

My advice to anyone is this – any pen and notebook (and/or planner) will work great. Make it yours and change the way you write and what you record until you find a way that works for you. Like with anything, our ways are always evolving.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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4 Responses to Favourite Book(s) #33 – How to Bullet Plan by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

  1. BookerTalk says:

    I know this is getting hugely popular but I don’t really get it. Isn’t it just a fancy way of describing a particular way of note taking ?


    • I think so Karen. As someone who is wordy, I struggle with bullet points etc. I take lots of notes and always have. I think what I find interesting is what other people record down. I have shared my process and have a few more things that I will share over the coming weeks. As much as I love technology, I find a pen and paper more rewarding & useful.


      • BookerTalk says:

        It’s amazing how much effort some people put into their journals and of course the retailers have latched on to it with all sorts of tape etc that you can use to decorate them….


        • I own two roles of Washi tape. One roll has trees in it and I use it to highlight which notebook pages have trees on & the other roll has stamps on it – I bought it because I liked it! I always admire the decorative ability of others, my pages are reams of notes!

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