I think we can all agree that planners, in comparison to bullet journals, suck.
It’s not the planner’s fault that the bullet journal is way more flexible and creative, that’s just how it is. I’ve never been a big fan of planners, but if you like using them, it may be hard to commit to a bullet journal since it’s so unique and different, and that’s okay!
I get it, I waited to start my bullet journal for such a long time for a lot of reasons (mostly because I was lazy and it sounded like a lot of work) but also because I’d never started a regular journal before, so I wasn’t used to writing everyday or setting up a page layout. Also, I just didn’t see what the benefits were in starting a journal.
Honestly I wish I could rewind time and tell myself to start that bullet journal the day I learned about it. That’s why today I’m gonna tell you exactly why you need to start a bullet journal right now.
Want to go ahead and start your bullet journal? Here’s an in-depth guide on getting started!
WHY YOU SHOULD START A BULLET JOURNAL RIGHT NOW
1. IT’LL ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE
I figured I’d start with the obvious and most common reason people start a bullet journal- to get organized!
A bullet journal can organize your life. Like, your entire life. If a planner and a journal had a baby, it would be a bullet journal. So no matter what you’ve got going on, whether it’s school, work, etc. the bullet journal can handle it.
Trust me, I’ve never been very good at keeping up with life when I’ve got multiple things going on. But since I’ve started blogging as well as working full-time, my bullet journal has been a big help in keeping me on track with my blog’s to-do’s.
Not only does it help me keep up with my blog, my bullet journal is also a great place to collect my thoughts, schedule family appointments, keep up with my social life, and so much more. If you’re in need of some page ideas to fill your bullet journal, I’ve got a whole post full of ’em here.
2. IT’S A CREATIVE OUTLET
I’m a naturally creative person. Always have been, probably always will be. In high school, I’d draw every day, all over my notes and test pages. But when I got married and had a baby, I was always busy and didn’t have time to draw anymore. It was really discouraging, and I felt like there was no way to be creative and also productive.
That’s why I love the bullet journal system, because it allows you to be both creative and productive.
And even if you’re not an ‘artsy’ kinda gal, there are still minimal layouts out there that look gorgeous without a lot of drawing involved. You can even include washi tape to fill space or brush pens to add color. Or, there are plenty of printables out there that you can print out on sticker paper and stick into your bullet journal!
Speaking of printables, I’ve already created some for you to put in your bullet journal, which you can grab below if you’d like!
And if you’re in need of some creative inspiration, I’ve got a Pinterest Board FULL of bullet journal pages and posts to help you out.
3. IT RELIEVES STRESS
Let me tell ya, if I don’t write something down, one of two things will happen. 1. I’ll forget about it, or 2. I’ll stress about it.
I’m actually really bad about about stressing out easily, to the point where I actually had stress-related seizures in high school and after having my son. So it’s pretty important that I don’t worry too much about things, and my bullet journal has been a huge help in keeping my stress levels down.
Writing everything down and keeping it in one place saves me all kinds of headaches down the road. It’s also nice having a place to keep my thoughts, so if I’ve had a bad day at work or I’m feeling overwhelmed, I’ve got a place in my journal where I can just vent it all out.
It’s also kind of therapeutic to create layouts and outline them. I love pulling out my little ruler and drawing, it’s a nice way to relax and create a gorgeous layout. (If you’d like to see some of my layouts from my journal, I share them on my Instagram!)
4. YOU CAN TRACK YOUR HEALTH
The bullet journal can do basically everything, and that includes helping you track your physical health. From a sleep log to a weight loss tracker, there’s something for everyone. I’ve even seen diabetics record their blood sugar levels, to make sure they’re staying at a normal level (which probably comes in handy when they go to the doctors and can see the trends.)
This is a great tool for mental health and self-care as well. Self-care has become so important for me in the last 2 years, especially since my son was born. At my postpartum check-up, I had a ‘mild case of PPD’, so I started looking into ideas for self-care. Even after things started to get a little better, I make sure I still take the time to care for myself because it’s so vital for my mental well-being.
No matter what you’ve got goin’ on, you need a bullet journal in your life, girl. That’s why you need to start a bullet journal, and if you’re finally ready to start the bullet journal of your dreams but unsure of how to do it, don’t worry, I got you.
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How has your bullet journal helped you?
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