Have you heard about this thing called a Bullet journal? And you don’t really know what all the fuss is about?
It seems like a lot of work, when you could just buy a ready-made book that serves all the same purposes?
Okay, let me stop you right there. That isn’t really the point.
The point of a Bullet journal is that it is yours. You create it, from scratch.
So, if you believe (that maybe, possibly) it is time for you to jump on the Bullet journal wagon, this post is for you!
I would like to say that I do not intend to teach you the Bullet journal system in this post. Instead, I will try to explain why the Bullet journal is so effective, to help you determine if it is for you.
First, a little disclaimer. I am the kind of person that will write things on my to do list that I’ve already done, so I can check them off. I love words, and will write down quotes that speak to me. I also loooove notebooks and cannot count the number of notebooks I have bought throughout the years. I always create reasons to get new ones, and therefore end up with a bunch of them.
I am in love with my Bullet journal. And therefore, I will not be objective in this post. Still, hear me out.
So here it goes, why I’m in love…
It’s an all-in-one book
Like I said, I like buying a lot of notebooks for different reasons. Then came the Bullet journal! My book consists of everything I will ever need to write down – like my schedule, my to do lists, my quotes, my inspiration, and so much more.
I bring my book with me everywhere, always. It has everything in it, and I need it to be able to plan anything. And as it is only one book, not several, it is easy to carry around.
You always have a blank page in front of you
What do you want to make of this page? Is it a place for your yearly, monthly, weekly or daily log? Is it for your goals, for your affirmations, for inspirational quotes? Do you want to track your habits for the next month, or do you want to track your yoga practice for the next year? Do you simply want to journal a few things, or write a “let’s rock this day!” list? The opportunities are endless, and you can make your book exactly like you want it to be.
And more importantly, you can always change your tactics. If the week layout isn’t working, you can change it next week. You can do everything just the way you like it.
Your week does not need to match the regular calendar
I took a trip in the beginning of this year, and instead of – like usually in a normal planner – trying to plan my trip over the weekend and next week, I simply made my own “week” for the time I was away. That way I made a special week, being able to see everything I wanted to get done. I know from experience, that before, I wouldn’t have used the book at all. Yes, I know, needing to flip the page back and forth isn’t so bad. And still, it would stop me from using it in cases like that.
I also adjusted the schedule during the summer, as in spring I needed a lot of space for the tasks that I needed to get done, while in the summer I had less to do, so I could put two weeks on one spread.
And now, in December, I am doing no weekly or daily logs. Just a monthly overview, as that is all I need.
It is imperfect
I am (or used to be) a perfectionist. Like a huge one. Everything needs to be perfect, all the freaking time. And, it doesn’t make me feel good, it limits my creativity and is a total bummer when things don’t go the way they should. So therefore, I have been practicing for a while to let those tendencies of mine go. And my Bullet journal is the best tool for that, as I am making all kinds of imperfect things, drawing stuff and making doodles, and taking every single task like that as a challenge. Because I will love every single imperfect part of it.
My bullet journal shows my experiments and what I learned. It shows me when I “failed” and what went well. And it taught me how I want to make my next journal.
It is yours
Yes, I know I said this in the beginning. It still deserves a separate point.
The most important thing when it comes to a Bullet journal, is to make it your own! There are so many ways to do it, and you will need to go through a bit of trial and error before you find what suits you the best. There is no right or wrong with this. Do what feels good, and make using your book a pleasure, not an obligation.
You can always adjust your book, based on how you are feeling and how things are going. It is always there, at your service.
There is just something so nice about dedicating this journal to you and you alone. It is a tool that you can use for everything, and it truly feels like you can get further with it, than without it.
If any of this speaks to you, I encourage you to try it. There are plenty of “How to Bullet journal” articles out there. You may read them all, or none of them. The main system is explained here, and then you can add whatever you feel like.
Enjoy it. Experiment.
And let your journal be yours.
(Warning: Starting a Bullet journal might result in an obsession, were you buy a lot of really cool pens and spend hours doing all kinds of trackers or logs or collections that you may or may not need. And when it happens, remember that I warned you!)
Are you a bujo junkie? Share your favorite things about yours in the comments!