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Bullet journaling is a popular form of organisation using the bullet planner system. It is becoming an even more popular planner with social media being flooded with spread and page ideas with beautiful intricate designs. More people are taking to create their own planner spreads for their needs.
If you are thinking about starting a bullet journal, you definitely should jump on the bullet journal bandwagon. Designing a bullet journal comes with so many benefits both for organisation and personal growth.
What Is A Bullet Journal?
If you are new to this, a bullet journal is a planning system that is a mix of a daily planner, to-do list and diary, typically using a dotted journal. It can also be referred to as a Bujo. The bullet journal is an analogue journaling system created by New York-based designer Ryder Carroll. He says that the bullet journal is to ‘help you track the past, organise the present and plan for the future’. Read the bullet journal website to learn how to use the system effectively and see more tips.
I have compiled a list of 11 reasons why you should start using a bullet journal and how it can benefit your life.
1. Gives You A Creative Outlet
Bullet journaling is a great way to experiment with your creativity. You can design various themes, page ideas as well as practising different lettering for your titles. You can bust out your brush pens, felt pens, coloured pencils, washi tape and much more. Being able to sit down and allocate some self-care time.
When I am starting a new month, I love to draw and doodle a new spread as part of my self-care. It calms and relaxes me.
2. It’s A Personalised Planner
As a bullet journal is a blank canvas you are able to design planner spreads that are personalised to your needs. Buying planners are great, but sometimes they do not have enough space, certain features or is not in the colours or designs you like.
Having a bullet journal allows you to create the ultimate planner for your needs. You never need to compromise on any features.
3. Everything In One Place
With a bullet journal, you can record and rack all aspects of your life, which means you have all you need in one place. When you have everything in one place it is easy to remember.
4. You Want To Unplug From Technology
As a lot of things are digital in today’s society, bullet journals can be a great tool to be able to unplug. Putting pen to paper is a simple way to avoid screen time. Bullet journaling allows you to take a step back, put pen to paper to focus on what is really important.
5. You Want To Be Able To Reflect On Memories
As a bullet journal is so much more than a planner, you can keep memories for example, keeping a gratitude log. When you want to reflect you can pick up your bullet journals and have a flip through. It can remind you of fun memories as well as showing you how you have grown over the months.
6. Can Improve Your Health
Using trackers can be a helpful tool in looking after your physical and mental health. You can use bullet journaling to track your medications, water intake, periods, self-care, exercising and much more. It allows you to highlight any patterns in your physical or mental health to ensure you stay healthy and have positive wellbeing.
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7. Will Keep You Organised
With the use of to-do lists, trackers and other spreads, it can help you keep organised in all aspects of your life. You have a planner that is holding you accountable and helping you to be successful.
8. You Want To Remember Your Appointments
Research has shown you are less likely to forget information when you have written it all down – that is the case for all your appointments as well. Using a weekly spread can help you record al your appointments and plan your week.
9. Increases Productivity
When you have planned and tracked areas of your life, it can help you work out how you will achieve your tasks and goals. Also, using habit trackers for example can actually motivate you to check everything off the tracker and your to-do lists and you are far more likely to be productive.
10. You Want To Achieve Your Goals
Using a bullet journal planner enables you to plan and manage your time effectively. This means you have enough time to work on tasks that will mean achieving your goals. You can also use brain dump pages to jot down ideas and tasks to help you achieve your goals.
11. You Want To Streamline Your To-Do Lists
Bullet journals can aid you in making more effective and productive to-do lists to achieve your goals and be successful.
12. You Want To Live In The Present
A key feature of bullet journaling is that you rapid log your daily log. Rapid logging just means brain dumping all your tasks, reminders, appointments etc. You will do this everyday in your daily log, which means you can live your life day by day, being more present and aware of your obligations and how you are using your time.’
13. You Want To Take Time For Yourself
The positive thing about using a bullet journal is that you in charge of your to-do list and how you prioritise it. Using your bullet journal for self-care is a great idea, you can jot down something in your daily log to ensure you are making time for yourself everyday!
It can be really easy to push self-care to the side when tasks are piling up and you have more deadlines. But it is important to avoid burn out that you schedule self-care activities for yourself.
14. You Want To Keep To A Budget
You can use pages that are collections (a collection page, is an idea that is not part of your daily or monthly logs), you can create a monthly budget and expenses tracker. If you are trying to get your finances in check, creating these trackers will keep you up on everything money in your life.
These are some of the reasons why you can benefit from using a bullet journal as your form of planer an organisation. There are so many other reasons and benefits to using the bullet journal method.