Bullet journaling has been a craze for at least the past 2 to 3 years. There are countless ideas, layouts, templates, methods and approaches to bullet journaling. An entire niche market has been established just based on bullet journaling. Seriously, have you seen Pinterest? Everywhere you look there are more and more ideas on how to use a Bullet Journal. My favorite thing about bullet journaling is the freedom. I rarely feel compelled to write long paragraphs among straight lined paper like I did when I was a teenager. Bullet journaling’s biggest difference from a regular journal is the dotted grid layout. Abandoning restrictive lines of a traditional journal, bullet journals allow you to branch out of conventional writing and explore a more creative form of journaling.
I started bullet journaling in 2017 and found myself meticulously drawing layouts to better organize my life. This method lasted a hot minute before I fell behind because I love to procrastinate. Anyone with me here? My intentions were good but my execution lacked tenacity. I firmly believe that everyone bullet journals differently and you have to find what works for you to really fall in love with the process of bullet journalling. So here are my top 5 favorite things about bullet journaling and how I approach the process.
1) It holds all the important things in one place
The absolute best thing about having a bullet journal is that it is a single place for which alllllll my things can live. I write down my budget, my bills, some super secret stuff like passwords, lists, notes and whatever else I may need to reference at any time. My bujo is always with me so it’s super convenient to keep any information I’ll need to reference back to in it. Right now I am experiencing the joy of pregnancy. With this being our first child, I am also in super fun BABY CLASSES. I take all my baby class notes in my bujo and so when I need to reference something in the future, I know exactly where my notes are. If my husband wants to know how much the water bill was and when it’ll be coming out of our bank account, I just grab my bujo and I have everything I need to know. I know this is a simple concept and one could also just carry any notebook or planner with them, but I find something special about it being a bullet journal and knowing it’s where everything lies.
2) Handlettering and sketching
I love to fill pages in my bullet journal with lovely handlettered quotes, affirmations and title pages. As I’ve previously stated, because the bujo is a dotted grid instead of a lined journal, the freedom to draw feels that much more available. When I’m at work and feeling a creative block, I pull out my bujo and find a quote and draw it on a page. It is the perfect 10 minute break I need to get refocused and back on track. Having quotes and drawings throughout my bujo also is fun to look back at and fills my bujo with flare amongst notes and lists.
3) List making
I am a planner. I like to plan all the things. Therefore, I love lists. I make lists for basically anything going on in my life because it helps me feel like I have a handle on everything. Even when I don’t. I make lists for things to get from the store, lists for what weekend projects I want to accomplish, lists for what I need to prepare for baby, the list goes on and on. And on and on because I have so many lists. Along with my first point, because I carry my bujo with me everywhere, I have these lists with me at all time. I don’t forget my grocery list at home on a post it because it’s in my bag where my bujo lives. Bonus love for bujos is they are smaller than a bulky planner or regular sized notebook so carrying them around isn’t a huge hassle.
4) Goal Setting
Like any entrepreneur or woman in her early thirties, I love to set goals. Goals range from business related to health or fitness related and I’ve found that writing a goal down really does help solidify it in your brain and make it more attainable to achieve. Sometimes my goals are written as a simple list, other times I draw layouts and pages to help keep track of my mini-victories along the way. I especially love writing monthly goals in my bujo because as each month comes to an end and I prepare to write a new set of goals, I go back and reflect on the goals I achieved and those I didn’t. I’ll be real with you on goals. I miss them more than I make them. But I keep setting new ones and I improve each day. That’s what this crazy journey is all about right?
5) Revisiting Past Bujos
The way my personal bullet journaling process works, I go through about one Leuchtturm 1917 bullet journal a year. This works out well for me because I also keep all my previous bullet journals. Having them broken up by year makes them easy to revisit and reference. Now, like I said before, everyone bullet journals differently. Some people might fill a bullet journal in a month, or 6 months. It’s whatever works for you! For me, it’s a year. So every December when I buy a new bujo for the upcoming year, I fill it with yearly goals that I hope to attack in the upcoming year.
So there are just 5 of my favorite things about bullet journaling. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves planners and working on their creative side. I use my bujo for many more things than I’ve stated above. Bullet journaling is almost therapeutic in a way and very meditative for some, including myself. I hope you’ll give bullet journaling a try and if you are already a fan of the bujo lifestyle, comment below on YOUR favorite things about your bujo.
-with love and nachos