I don’t know about you, but I love working from a planner. Writing everything down helps me remember everything I need to do as well as keeping track of bigger projects and deadlines. Plus, how annoying can hundreds of post-it notes get – I like to have it all in one place!
When it comes to buying a new planner for the year ahead, I can never find one that does everything I need it to or has all the right page layouts how I’d like. I usually end up with a basic planner with scribbles all over where I’ve ignored the intended layout.
But recently, I’ve got into the idea of bullet journaling. It’s completely changed the way I organise my weeks, months and even days.
What is a bullet journal?
The bullet journal was created by Ryder Carroll, a Designer based in New York and in his words, it is meant “to help you track the past, organise the present, and plan for the future”. It’s an amazing system that keeps a record of everything you could ever want to toss at it.
And onto why you should have one, here are 7 benefits I’ve found since using my bullet journal…
#1 You can make it what you need it to be
We all have different needs when it comes to our planner or diary. I like to write lists, whereas other people use theirs for keeping track of budgets, important dates etc.
By creating your own bespoke bullet journal, it means you can tailor it for exactly what you need.
Plus, bullet journals are budget friendly. All I had when I got started was a pen, blank notebook and a ruler. Some people also use washi tape to decorate their journal or to help them colour code different sections, but I just use a colourful selection of highlighters instead.
#2 It’s easy to learn and set up
It can seem like a big task to populate an empty notebook with layouts, content and everything in between, but it’s actually quite simple.
Don’t worry about making it look like a masterpiece of design work. It doesn’t have to be like those pictures you see online, as long as it works for you, that’s all that matters.
To get you started, I’d recommend using your first page as a key. Noting down what each colour, symbol etc. means throughout the journal. You can add to this as time goes on too.
#3 Get organised
Keeping your journal clear will help you in the long run. Don’t overdo it with the drawings and colours. Although it’s tempting.
By keeping it simple, it’s easy to see at a glance what you need to do that day. You can also create an overview page for the month for bigger tasks and deadlines. I also tend to update my to-do list at the end of each day, meaning I’m set up for the next day before it even begins.
#4 It inspires productivity
I love checking things off on my to-do list – it gives me a great sense of accomplishment, especially when everything is ticked off at the end of a day!
Plus, at the end of the week seeing a fully completed to-do list helps me enjoy my weekend more.
#5 Create what you need
I love the fact that if I need to create a page all of a sudden, I can do this to whatever layout I need.
Whether that be a shopping list or a mind map for an important project – I can create the page to my needs. You don’t have to worry about collating scrap bits of paper because anything you need can be added and tailored to you.
#6 Keep track of habits
Aside from work, I also keep track of my daily habits at the bottom of each day layout. Especially those I’m not great at keeping up with, like drinking enough water, going to the gym and making sure I get up from my desk at some point throughout the working day!
#7 Track your long-term goals
Set up a page in your journal that gives you an overview of the whole year ahead. This way you can make a note of any goals you hit and when, plus you can add new ones when you want to challenge yourself.
You’ll be full of accomplishment when New Year’s Eve hits and you can see everything you’ve achieved over the whole year. Plus, it becomes to be very motivating when you see the page getting fuller and fuller.
There we have it my top 7 benefits I’ve come across since starting my bullet journal, something I can’t live without now. My 2020 bullet journal is in full swing and I can’t wait to continue adding to it…
Do you use a bullet journal? What is your top benefit?