If you have followed this blog for a long time, you know I am obsessed with planners and have changed them often in my quest for “planner peace.” I have struggled over the years to find a planner that fits all of my needs. I want to be creative and have pretty pages, but I don’t want to spend hours decorating. I also want to be organized. I mean, isn’t that the point of a planner. I tried everything from generic planners from Target to two different types of Happy Planners, but in the end, I always come back to the Bullet Journal. Here are five things I love about my bullet journal.
- The bullet journal is completely customizable. Think back to all the planners you have had in the past. Were there pages that you just didn’t use? Or pages that you wish were included that weren’t? I know this has been the case for every planner I have ever purchased. I love the bullet journal system because there is nothing in the journal that you don’t want. You make all the decisions when you use this system. You pick what you want on the cover, if you want the lined pages or grid paper, what collections you want to include, what colors you will use. Every single detail of your journal is there because you chose it to be there. If you want to use only colored markers in your journal, go for it! If you want to draw pictures, do it! If you just want a list, no color no pictures, do that! Whatever you want, do it. It is your journal, your blank canvas to do whatever you desire to do. There are no rules.
- There is no commitment with using the bullet journal system. If something isn’t working, change it. You don’t have to go out and buy a different journal or print a new page. You don’t even have to finish the page you are on if you don’t want to! This is by far my favorite feature of the bullet journal system. I tried for years to find the perfect planner, but there is no perfect planner! The planner community talks often about “planner peace,” which is a state where your planner system does exactly what you need it do. I’ve come to the conclusion that “planner peace” is not a destination, it is a constantly changing journey. What works for me this week, may not work in two months, and that’s okay. I can change the system to fit what works best for me right now.
- The bullet journal can be as cheap or as expensive as you chose. You decide the cost of the journal and the supplies that you use. I buy my bullet journals at Ross, always have. I get the same journal every time, I just pick a different cover. The cover usually has a Bible verse on the front, it has lined, white paper and has a page marker ribbon. It costs me $5.99 for each journal and they last me between 3 and 6 months depending on how much I use it for things other than the daily to do list. Before I was a manager, I could go about 6 months because I only used it for daily to do lists and grocery lists. Now that I am in management and have meetings every day where I am taking notes, it is more on the 3 month end. There are more expensive notebooks with leather covers. There are traveler note books where you have a different notebook for each section (i.e. one for to do lists, one for grocery lists, one for notes.) There are even cheaper options than mine. Realistically you could use a plain $.99 notebook from Walmart if you wanted. You also decide the price range of the supplies you use. Most of my journal is done in colored markers and pencil or pen. Sometimes I use stickers or washi tape, but lately that has been rare. Looking at my markers, I have probably 4 or 5 different sets ranging from the cheap $1.99 markers at Ikea to the plain Crayola markers in the school supply section to a fancy set I got at a paper store for $15. And if I’m honest, the ones that get used the most are the Crayola markers which are right in the middle of the price range. I have seen people use expensive calligraphy pens or have tons of washi tape and stickers. You can have a pretty and useful journal using inexpensive or expensive supplies. It’s up to you.
- The bullet journal system is fun to use. While we were in Disneyland this last time, I found this place in California Adventure called Animation Academy. They teach you how to draw a character from one of the Disney movies. We took two classes, Piglet and Hay Hay from Moana. I had so much fun! I have never drawn prior to that class, but I was surprised at how not absolutely horrible my drawing turned out! It inspired me to implement that into my bullet journal. Every week since, I pick a Disney movie as the theme for that week. I look up a tutorial on how to draw one of the characters and then draw them in my weekly spread. I then use that color pallet on my headers for the week. I’ll admit, I’m not the world’s greatest drawer. Poor Flounder here has some weird looking eyes, but it is fun and it adds some life to my pages.
- I love the bullet journal system because it is not just a to do list. Yes, that is one of the primary things I use my journal for, but it is used for so much more than that! I take notes, I write grocery lists, I plan vacations, I do my budget, I write out goals, I have an address book…I could go on. I use my bullet journal for so many things, and I love that they are all in one place.
Next week, I’ll talk about the five things I dislike about my bullet journal. As much as I love this system, there are some downfalls to using it. See you next week!!