I’m not a journaler. I’m not good at it, and I feel like I never have enough time to sit down and write thoughtfully about my day. Usually, I prefer to spend my time on other things (like writing blog posts and stories. You know, stuff like that). Maybe you feel the same.
I’d read about the benefits of keeping a journal, and tried off and on to do it, but it never stuck. Then I stumbled across the concept of Bullet Journaling. I’ll be honest—at first this concept intimidated me. It looked overwhelmingly complicated, and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep up with it. But I decided to give it a shot, and so far, I’m loving it—and I’ll tell you why.
#1: IT’S FAST
If you don’t have thirty minutes of extra time to spend on a journal, bullet journaling is for you. Most days, I spend as little as five minutes working on my bullet journal. It’s beautifully efficient, and amazingly simple to keep track of once you’ve developed a system.
#2: IT’S ORGANIZED
I don’t know about you, but I live for schedules. I’m a planner to the letter (INFJ here), and the bullet journal makes my heart happy. If you take comfort in creating and pouring over a gorgeous weekly spread, you’ll be addicted to this in no time.
#3: IT’S VERSATILE
In the words of its creator: “The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organizational system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary; but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.”
There are dozens of ways you can adapt the bullet journaling system to suit your personal taste and needs. Just check out Pinterest for some ideas!
#4: IT’S A GREAT CREATIVE OUTLET
If you want to spend a little extra time, bullet journaling can be a great way to exercise your creativity. You can get as fancy as you like, and if you ever want to change up your system, you can! Your imagination is the limit here.
If you’re thinking you’d like to try out bullet journaling for yourself, you’ll need some supplies to get started:
- Your favorite notebook
- A quality pen
You can use other gadgets and gizmos as well, such as stamps, stickers, and colored pencils, but these are your essentials. You can check out this video for a detailed explanation of the system, and how to set up your bullet journal for the first time.
Top 3 Basic Page Ideas
Maybe you’ve decided to give this a go, but you’re not sure where to start. There are endless ideas out there, but I want to give you three basic, super useful pages to start out with:
- The Legend – Your personalized bullet code. This is where you begin to develop your system of icons. You can either stick with the basics, or create something special—or a mix of both.
- The Year-at-a-Glance – This is super useful for quick reviews, as well as creating new pages. Plus, you can add in a second page for major events.
- The Weekly Spread – This is probably the most useful page type in your bullet journal. It’s where you can plan out your week, keep track of events, and record your thoughts—all in a surprisingly short amount of time. There are dozens of ways you can lay out your weekly spread, so pick whatever works best for you!
If you’re like me and you struggle with journaling but love the idea of being able to reflect on your week, I want to challenge you to give bullet journaling a try. Stick with it for at least a week, and see how it helps your organization and focus.
If you’re the type who feels that schedules are the plague, I want to challenge you to try this system for the organizational benefits. Instead of having your thoughts and ideas scattered about, creating a bullet journal will allow you to keep track of things—whether it’s a novel outline, an Etsy business, or a blog—and will likely help you to be more productive as a result.
- Have you heard of the bullet journaling system before? Have you tried it?
- If so, how has it been useful to you?
- What are your favorite pages and why?