I first learned about bullet journalling when I was watching Lily Pebbles videos on Youtube and fell in love with the concept. I spoke to my auntie and she had already been bullet journalling for a while and shared her tips and where I could buy the essentials. I fell in love with creative outlet it gave me, I was able to design my layouts and be proud of what I had created. I have used a variety of different planners and journals, bullet journals are definitely the ones that not only make me the most productive but the ones that bring me the most joy. If you want to read about my old bullet journal you can see the post here. I thought I would share some of the pros and cons, so if you are undecided about whether it is for you, hopefully this post can help you.
Pros To Bullet Journalling
1. You can have a design/layout the way you want it
When you buy regular planners or journals they are structured and no room for you to change aspects you don’t like. Whereas with bullet journals you design your own weekly spreads your way. So whether you like a vertical layout, a horizontal layout, notes and reminders sections, meal plan you can have that all. Bullet journalling is all about tailoring it to your style and your need to be the most productive.
2. You can have everything in one place
Instead of having a day-to-day diary, to-do list pad and my habit trackers in a separate notebook, you can have everything in one journal to be able to refer to it easily as well as not carrying them around with you if like me you will take them to work for example. This is one of the reasons I love bullet journalling so much, so much more efficient for me.
3. A great creative outlet
For me being creative helps when I am struggling with my anxiety, it helped me so much before I had CBT too, it gave me focus. So being able to design elaborate themes, doodling and colouring helped me not only with anxiety but made my bullet journal look pretty and colourful.
Cons To Bullet Journalling
1, They can be time consuming
When you are wanting to design elaborate weekly spreads and themes, it can be time consuming especially if like me you want it to be “perfect“. If you are particularly busy it can be hard to find time to plan your weekly spreads, I try to allocate time usually on a Sunday evening to plan my week ahead and then I go into a fresh new week focused.
2. They can be intimidating
When researching bullet journalling, especially on Pinterest. Seeing the beautiful and creative designs can be so intimidating and can leave you wondering where to start, what to use and what spreads to use. It is hard not to get drawn into the creative possibilities. When I first started bullet journalling my designs where basic, but as you carry on you find your style and you can experiment more. No one starts out amazing! I am looking forward to sharing my newer designs in and upcoming post.
3. It can be expensive
Bullet journalling can get expensive if you feed into aspects on Pinterest (it is hard not to sometimes). You can be drawn into or sometimes advised to buy some “essentials” but they are not necessarily needed. Like any planner, you have different brands that will offer that service, I get my bullet journals from Amazon and they are very reasonable and affordable. I usually use Leuchtturm, but recently was gifted a Bujo Box which has all your bullet journal essentials for a reasonable price also.
I am going to be sharing some posts in the future all about bullet journalling, so if you are interested or wanting more tips from my experience watch this space. I have a post here where you can read about tips I wish I had known when I first started bullet journalling.
Do you like bullet journaling? Do you have other pros or cons to this way of planning? I’d love to hear in the comments.