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5 Reasons I Bullet Journal

Most people don’t know what bullet journaling is so it often takes a bit of explanation. To simplify it for you, I am going to tell you 5 reasons I bullet journal. There are so many planning methods out there and it can be hard to find one that works for you! Make sure to pin this post for later!

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What is Bullet Journaling?

In a nutshell, bullet journaling is a customizable organizing solution. It can be a planner, a calendar, a place for your notes and thoughts, a journal, a sketchbook, or all of the above! There are essentially no rules and you can do whatever you want with your journal to make it work for you!

It was first introduced by Ryder Carroll and you can find all of his intro posts here or watch his quick intro video.

 

5 Reasons I Bullet Journal.

1. Nothing was working to fit in all the facets of my life.

I homeschool five young children, no planner I have ever found fits that many kids unless I buy a separate student planner for each child in which case it is a TON of planning and writing for me. You can imagine planning posts, figuring out ideas, tracking my sharing, etc. takes up a whole other planner! Then I have my home life: meals, housework, errands, phone numbers, upcoming events, etc. etc. etc. I was working in numerous different planners to try to plan all these different aspects of my day and it was just TOO MUCH.

Bullet Journal Sample

2. I lose steam.

Envision it with me… a new planner. The excitement, the giddiness, the impatience to just dive in and fill all those pretty little boxes with your life! Then… you make mistakes, it looks messy, you miss a day, you don’t fill in everything or you are writing outside the boxes because they don’t fit everything. You start to lose steam. You’re planning in your home planner, your school planner, and your blog planner, you can’t keep up. Have you been there? I have! And that is part of the reason I fell in love with the bullet journal. All of my life in one spot, it is the perfect solution for me!

3. I am a hopeless perfectionist.

I am an all or nothing person. If I can’t do it all PERFECTLY, I do none. So I have all these pretty little planners, sitting on my shelves, a few weeks full at best. I WASTE MONEY. I WASTE TIME. I LOSE STEAM. With bullet journaling, every day is a blank page. I can use two pages if I want to for one day. I can use just a little section if I don’t have much to say. I can skip a day and I’m not losing any ground. I can journal if something inspires me. I can be super simple and just make a list, or I can use it as a creative outlet and doodle and sketch. The sky is the limit! I am not bound by any box.

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4. It is flexible.

Now I feel like I am just repeating myself, but seriously, the bullet journal is SO flexible! When you have all your life in one spot and you want to add something, you do! If you are sitting in bed and have a note you want to remember about the day, you just add it! If you have a random idea for your blog or work or something you remembered you need to do, you write it in! If you want to put in a page about what you want to read, go for it! The one word that describes bullet journaling is: FREEDOM. There are no rules.

5. It is easy to find your information.

The best part about the bullet journal is the way it organizes everything. At the end of the year, you have a book with an index at the front to easily find anything that is meaningful to you. If you found pages that relate to one another you can easily incorporate threading in your journal. Think of it not only as a planner, but as your life in words. Write down your child’s first word or paste in a picture that is meaningful to you. This little planner can become like a scrapbook of memories from your life. It will become your greatest treasure and easy to sit down and find everything that you want to because of the organization of the system.

How do you get started?

Ok, you’re sold. you want to start bullet journaling but have no idea how! All you need is a notebook, ideally graph or bullets, and a pen and you can begin! My favorite notebook is the Leuchtturm, simply because the pages are thicker so your pen doesn’t show through on the next page. But I have been making my own from my graph booklets on my Etsy shop and using the inserts in my Traveler’s Notebook for super cheap, which work AWESOME. You can find my Etsy shop with all it’s inserts at http://etsy.com/shop/rebeccaspoonerpg. Take a look at my top resources below!

I put my Leuchtturm in my Traveler’s Notebook to protect it and keep it together with my pen and any other inserts. I purchased my custom wide TN on an Etsy shop, AltGuild and you can get it 10% off if you use coupon code: HiphomeFun.

A peek inside my traveler's notebook

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I’ve recently started adding in some watercolor in my planning pages and it is blowing my mind! I can’t believe how beautiful it is and yet how simple at the same time!

Watercolor Bullet Journal Planning Page

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What type of planning do you use (or not use)?

Comments

  1. All those pretty printables in your Etsy shop are blowing my mind!
    So you just cut and glue those onto the pages of your journal (which is graph paper?)?

    Very pretty journal, but that looks like as super time consuming way of getting things done — but awesome for those who enjoy the artistic aspect 🙂 It reminds me of the beautiful Bible art journalling that a friend of mine does.

    You have a lot of artistic talent!

  2. I would love to know more about your homeschool planning page. I can’t figure out how it works. I have 2 kids and haven’t worked out how to schedule for them both in my Bujo.

  3. This school year has been a dismal homeschool planning failure for me! I had used a planner I really liked when I was only planning for my oldest, but now that I am required to keep records for two and would like to incorporate our 3 year old into our day (other than sending him to another room to play by himself because he’s so loud, or sitting him down with videos), the planner I used last year didn’t seem adequate. Add to that, I am a first year Classical Conversations director and a minister’s wife…. well, the result has been chaotic! And we didn’t need to add any more chaos. I’ve watched the video you show here, and I’m trying to re-watch it to get a grasp on this, but I’m still struggling to understand how it’s done. Maybe because I keep getting interrupted? Nah… couldn’t be. 😉 Did I miss a link to further explanation on how you do this? I saw the link to all of the intro videos, but I guess I’m interested in really seeing a finished product? I already have a notebook I want to use. I just don’t want to start until I understand, and I’d like to begin with March 1st! Thanks for posting this on Facebook, by the way! I’ve been thinking about when I get to come back to this since I read it this morning.

  4. I am so glad I started my bullet journal. I had to many things going on in too many directions. I have Exective Funtioning flaw that prevents me from staying organized. Now, I just create a month and do things by the day keeping track of things. It also helps with my creative side. If I make a mistake it is ok, because this is just for me.

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