Bullet Journaling has been a hot trend for a while now in the planner and organizational communities online, so, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years, you’ve probably heard of bullet journaling, especially if you ever get on Pinterest. If you love to-do lists and checklists, this is something you don’t want to miss.
What Exactly is a Bullet Journal
I found bullet journaling on Pinterest about two years ago. Since then, bullet journaling has honestly made my life a little easier and definitely more organized. Bullet journaling is a completely customizable organization system where you can consolidate all of your calendars, thoughts, finances, schedules, to-do lists, trackers, and miscellaneous life notes into a single book. It’s an easy way to organize all of those different things you try to keep up with on a daily basis. Just think of how much more productive and less stressed you’ll be if you can stop trying to remember all this “stuff”.
If you are like me and you have too many things to remember and think about on a daily basis and you need a simple system to help you keep track, bullet journaling is right up your alley. We all have a lot of different daily tasks, appointments, and various things we need and would like to remember, right? Plus, if you have multiple things you’re trying to manage, such as work and family, it can become exhausting.
I don’t know about you, but in the past, I’ve used spiral notebooks, notepads, planners, calendars, post-it notes, scrap pieces of paper and apps in an effort to keep my life organized and running smoothly. But nothing ever really worked for me. I had a habit of writing things down and either losing what I wrote it down on or setting it aside and forgetting about it. Then, when I wanted to write something else down, I would have to start over with a new source. Eventually, I ended up with so many spirals, notepads, planners, and calendars that it became ridiculous and every attempt I made to make my life easier failed. Thank goodness for creative people and Pinterest!
The many benefits of bullet journaling can vary from person to person according to his or her specific needs and desires.
1. Bullet Journaling is Easy
Really, it is. After the initial setup of creating your index, calendars, and lists, all you have to do is use it.
2. Bullet Journaling is inexpensive.
All you need to get started is a journal and a pen. That’s it. Now, you could go all out with multi-colored pens, pencils, washi tape, stamps, stickers, and all kinds of other doo-dads on the market for turning your journal into a piece of art, but you don’t have to. You could just borrow your kid’s colored pencils and go to town if you want to be creative. It’s up to you. You personalize it the way you want it.
3. Replace Your Traditional Planner With a Bullet Journal
I’ve tried several different planners as an adult, but there were too many limitations involved, not much variety, and not very customizable. For me, that meant that I would only use certain parts of the planners I bought, never getting past two or three months trying to make it work for me. But with a bujo (bullet journal), if you create it and customize it to your specific needs, you will have created something that fits into your lifestyle and will work your YOU.
4. Creating Your Bullet Journal Should be Fun & Satisfying
Because there’s no right or wrong way to do it, creating your bullet journal should be fun and satisfying. You can make yours as simple or as elaborate as you want, but it needs to be something that reflects your personality because if you try to mimic someone else’s bullet journal, you run the risk of not utilizing it in the way that would work best for your lifestyle.
5. Record Memories in Your Bullet Journal
With my first child, I recorded every little thing he did. EVERYTHING. Aaannd, with each child, the list of memories I have written down has significantly dwindled as my life has become busier and fuller. I don’t know how many times my kids, or husband, did or said something that I told myself to write down so that I would remember it, but never did because there was nowhere to write it. Or, I did write it down but lost it. I don’t do a lot of Facebook anymore, it just eats up too much of my time and for me, it’s not productive. As for Instagram, I’ve never actually gotten started on that. Maybe one of these days…. But for now, I have my bujo, which I always have with me so that I can record memories when they happen.
6. Your Bullet Journal is Your Go-To Source for Everything
Combine everything into one source. No more hauling around multiple books and pads to keep track of schedules, notes, to-dos, etc. You can now write all of those things in one book. Life just became much simpler!
7. Become More Organized With Your Bullet Journal
With your calendars, to-do lists, and goals sheets all in one “handy dandy notebook” (sorry, I couldn’t resist – I miss Blue’s Clue’s!) organizing your time and other aspects of your life is easier, as well.
8. Reduce Stress & Anxiety by Using Your Bullet Journal
One of the major benefits of keeping a bujo is to become more organized. If you’re more organized your stress and anxiety levels will go down. But, you can also keep a record of your moods and behavior changes, which can help you determine triggers for your stress, anxiety, and even panic attacks.
9. Create Good Habits & Throw Away the Bad With Bullet Journaling
Twenty-one days makes a habit – have you heard that? With your bujo, tracking your habits on a daily basis will help you reach your goals for better habits. Trying to drink more water? Keep track of how many glasses of water you drink every day. Anxious about forgetting to take your medication? Mark it in your habit tracker as soon as you take your medication.
10. Schedule Your Time More Efficiently With a Bullet Journal
Let’s face it, these days everyone is busy. And if you are married and/or have kids active in extracurricular activities, you are probably trying to juggle everyone’s schedule, trying to keep everyone on track, making sure nothing overlaps and everyone gets to do what they want to do, right? You need a bullet journal to help you keep track of everyone’s schedules and schedule your time more efficiently!
11. Stay on Top of Finances With a Bullet Journal
A bullet journal is an excellent source for organizing and keeping track of your finances. With a bullet journal you can monitor your income, expenses, and spending habits, set up a bill paying system, create a savings plan, and keep track of your debt reduction efforts. This type of journaling system keeps all of your finances in one journal.
12. Set & Maintain Short & Long-Term Goals With a Bullet Journal
A bullet journal can be life-changing. At the very least, it can help you organize your days, making your life run a little smoother. But if you choose, it can be a powerful tool in creating and achieving your goals, both short-term and long-term goals.
13. Create & Achieve Your Bucket Lists With a Bullet Journal
A bucket list is basically a set of mini goals, and they are all the rage right now. Why? Maybe it’s because when you put ideas, goals, dreams, and fantasies to paper, you make them more real, more attainable. When they are on paper, you have a visual to work with, which helps you think through and record all the steps necessary to help you reach those goals. Bullet journals are the perfect place to keep all of your bucket lists.
There are so many other reasons I have not listed for starting a bullet journal. I hope this post has encouraged you and inspired you enough to give it a try and start your own.
If you liked my post, please check out my other posts on how to Boost Your Productivity With a Bullet Journal and Using a Bullet Journal for Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
Marking my spot,
Melissa (BUJO loving) Shantel