Let's just start by writing about why I'm doing this blogpost.
I was writing a decription for an Instagram post the other day where I've realised, it turned into a little declaration of love to my Bullet Journal and I really feel like I want to talk about some things that changed for me for the better and I know it's all because of my Bullet Journal. So here we are, this is my official “Ode To My Bullet Journal”
The Big Three (or the best good things that changed for me)
Being more organised (duh)
Being more organised: You think that with starting a Bullet Journal, I expected to be more organised at some point. But to be totally honest, when I started in late summer of 2016, I never expected to still be Bullet Journaling in 2019. I thought, this might be a nice, creative hobby for the next few months, expecting to be over the time effort it takes at some point. Also the fact that I’m a true, chaotic person, didn’t help much. My mind and life were always chaotic and I accepted that this was just me. Of course I had tons of notebooks and notepads to do ALL the list but it just was all over the place, there was a notebook where I wrote, one where I hoped to be sketching at some point and so many, pretty notepads and post-its, I couldn’t count them anymore. The idea of having everything at one place, immediately got to me and is the sole reason, I started Bullet Journaling.
Investing time to create the planning tools I need to be more productive helped me to be consistent with planning and organising my life for the first time. With daily planners I’ve bought, I usually only scraped at the surface of planning my life because I usually had only enough space to put in an appointment or one important To Do. This wasn’t really enough to keep my busy and chaotic mind at bay and I usually stopped using a daily planner after three to four months.
I always loved the creative part of Bullet Journaling but it took me a while to fully get into the planning part. The first few months it was mostly about trying out different layouts and styles I saw on social media, which was perfect for me because I could try out so many different styles and layouts and learn what works for me and what not. As soon as I found a layout that truly suited me I started to automatically got into planning every aspect of my life because why invest all the time to layout but then not use it, right? It took me a good six to eight months until I found a layout that really suited my needs and for me, it was when I fully stripped down on decoration in my planning spreads. I really wonder why it took my so long to learn what “having everything at one place” meant for me. I don’t have to be creative on every single spread I create. With my planning spread I have the intention to be consistent in setting up and have an easy overview and enough space, so I keep everything minimalistic and simple. With other spreads I have the intention to be as creative as possible. My Bullet Journal gives me the freedom to do whatever I like, all at one place. Took me a while to understand what this truly means.