I want to take a few minutes to discuss one of my new habits: keeping up with a bullet journal!
If you read the words “bullet journal” and have no idea what I am talking about, I recommend checking out the source that started it all! Go to Bullet Journal’s website, get the low-down, and then check out their blog which features other bullet journal pros who have structured their life around this unstructured process.
Why did I start bullet journaling? I love lists and tracking things. Everything and anything. I make lists of TV shows I have watched, am watching, or completed. I track how many miles I run, workouts I complete, and calories I consume. I track how many hours I sleep and how much water I take in daily. I track how many days since my last vacation and countdown until the next trip. I log my volunteer time, crew time, and reading time. I keep lists of favorite recipes, grocery lists, and meal plans.
I like lists and I love (neeeeeed) to plan.
So when I first saw a bullet journal image on instagram, I immediately dug into it! What was this all-in-one method of tracking all the things??? I looked into it for about a month, made a list (yep… another list) of all the pages I would want to create, and then decided to start small on May 1, 2017.
One month in and I am hooked!
Top 5 reasons I love to bullet journal:
- It’s flexible – I could never find a planner that really met all my needs or had enough space for the information I wanted to log. My bujo (bullet journal) can be exactly what I need it to be without being constrained by a pre-existing design.
- It’s creative – But without judgment. I am not the most creative person in the world. I do not have pretty handwriting. At first I was very intimidated by the gorgeous bullet journalists out there posting their pages on social media. But then I remembered that it is about me and a way to express myself. So I enjoy the pretty colors and casual doodles!
- It isn’t stagnant – I can try out weekly formats every week, there is no requirement that I settle to just one! I have settled on one for the past three weeks but I think I will be mixing it up again next week. Can’t hold me down!
- Online resources – If you check out Pinterest, Instagram, or just google bullet journal, you will find so many creatives out there with wonderful ideas on new pages and styles! The options really are endless.
- Zero Commitment – If it doesn’t work for me, I will stop doing it. Aside from the investment of a notebook and pen (and I will be upgrading my quality after this book but I wanted to start small…), there is no stress involved. If I find that weekly pages are unnecessary for me, I can revert to monthly and stick with that for awhile. It really is whatever I want to make it and that is awesome!
If you are interested in learning more or checking out some of the possibilities, here are some of my favorite bullet journalists on Instagram (in no particular order!):
- rydercarroll (Creator of the bullet journal)
Tell me your thoughts:
- Do you have a bullet journal?
- What kind of planning works best for you?
- Any other bullet journalists I should have included on this list?