Bullet Journal – Is It for Me?

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Have you heard about the organizing and scheduling tool known as bullet journaling? You may have wondered, Bullet Journal? Is it for me?  I’m personally a huge fan of the bullet journal. As the busy mom of three, wife of an active duty service member and a small business owner, my bullet journal keeps me organized, on schedule and on task. It reduces my stress and helps me focus on what’s important to me.

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I live by my bullet journal because it allows me to keep my calendar, planner, To Do Lists and journal together in one portable spot. I’ve used a variation on the bullet journal for years – before it was even a thang. 

Bullet Journal – Is It for Me?

In today’s busy world, where we have to keep track of lots and lots of information. It can be overwhelming and stressful. Most people can benefit from bullet journaling. The bullet journal system of organization has some unique properties that make it particularly helpful for people who thrive on lists and appreciate an old school, non-digital system. 

Bullet Journaling May Be for You If:

You Use To-Do Lists

If you’re a fan of to-do lists and have one sitting at your desk or your kitchen counter right now, then a bullet journal may work well for you. Think of it as a large, ongoing to-do list that also helps you keep track of appointments, grocery lists, wish lists and more. Since it’s all in one journal, there won’t be any more frantic searches for the list that held everything you needed to do today.

You Are Looking For An Analog Non-Digital System 

Electronic scheduling and organizing devices and apps are and integral part of today’s world. But sometimes you want to go back to pen and paper. I know that just the act of writing a task down on a piece of paper helps me remember it in a way that just doesn’t translate to electronic systems. If you want an organized, easy-to-deal-with system that doesn’t require Wi-Fi, batteries or power, then a bullet journal will work for you. 

Even if you think your online calendar manages your schedule for you, I would like to encourage you to give bullet journaling a try. There’s just some magic in physically writing things down by hand that helps us process them and remember them differently.

You Haven’t Found the Perfect Planner, Calendar or Organizer

How many different types of calendars, planners and other types of organizing journals have you tried. How many do you own right now?! No more looking for the perfect planing tool, you’ll create it yourself. The bullet journal allows you to design the perfect organizing tool for you. The bullet journal is also flexible and adapts with your changing life and needs. 

You’re Looking For a Creative Outlet

If you are looking for a creative outlet but you just don’t have the time to sit down and sketch, paint, or create, then bullet journaling may be your answer. As you plan your day, you can express your creativity as you doodle and decorate your daily pages. The creative, artistic aspect of bullet journaling is not required to use a perfectly functional bullet journal, it’s an added benefit if you want to take advantage of the creative outlet.

You Feel Like You’re Keeping Track Of Too Much “Stuff” In Your Memory

Do you have a constant running tally in your head of everything you need to do and remember today? That technique is very stressful and takes up a lot of brain space. A bullet journal may be the perfect solution for you because it encourages you to jot down all your appointments, to-do’s, meetings, and ideas you don’t want to forget as they come up.

Writing things down allows you to forget about them and stop stressing over that long list of stuff in your head that you need to remember. Just think of what you can do with all that extra brain capacity and how much less stressed you’ll feel when you can stop worrying about forgetting something.

You Need Something Mobile

A big advantage of the bullet journal is that it’s nothing more than a notebook and a pen. You can sit down anytime, anywhere to plan, check on your progress through the day or add a new line item. There’s no need to hunt down a power outlet and it works just fine in bright sunlight. You can throw it in your purse, backpack or briefcase. You can literally throw it and not worry about it shattering. 

There’s something about the act of writing, drawing and doodling that stimulates creative and problem solving thinking. 

Even if you don’t count yourself in all or even most of these groups, I encourage you to give it a try. You may not think of yourself as a list or “pen and paper” type person, but may find that this is just what you needed to stay on top of everything that’s thrown at you on a daily basis.

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  1. I use a form of bullet journaling in my Filofax. I love it. I trust and rely on it. I “touch” it all day long. It is sort of like my offloaded brain. Yours is much prettier than mine, though:)

    1. “Offload brain” is exactly how my bullet journal saves my sanity, Seana. I’d been expending so much energy trying to remember everything (like keeping plates spinning in my brain). šŸ™‚ Love that – offload brain!

  2. I’ve never tried making a bullet journal, but I do write things down. I have sticky notes, a planner, little paper notes, all around the house!

    1. I used to do that too, Brenda, and then wasn’t able to find my notes. Having everything all in one notebook has been revolutionary for me (and I still use sticky notes in my journal, because those little things are just amazing!)

  3. I didn’t know about bullet journaling. It looks like an amazing tool. I loose a lot of ideas due to lack of documentation. I will use this tool.

    1. I used to use loose paper, too, Stella. It really has been revolutionary for me to use a journal and have everything I need in one notebook. And, really, any old notebook will work perfectly. I’ve used everything from a $1 notebook to a journal designed for bullet journaling. I’ve loved them all.

  4. Oh, my goodness! My version of your Bullet Journal is the EXACT organizational tool I’ve been wanting for years. I’ve had scatterings of it but never all the information I wanted in one notebook. Thank you so much!

    PS. I am a retired military wife and admire all military wives of every generation. It is not for the weak of heart, but it can also be so filled with blessings.

    1. So happy to meet a fellow military wife, Jeanne! It’s definitely an adventure, isn’t it? (sometimes I say “adventure” with excitement and sometimes frustration šŸ™‚ ). I felt exactly the same way about bullet journaling when I discovered it. I hope it’s as helpful for you as it has been for me.

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