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LIFESTYLE: Why the bullet journal is good for you

September 20, 2019 Shaina Dulay

If you have trouble organizing certain parts of your life, the Bullet Journal Method is here to help.

You may call us over-exaggerating here, but the Bullet Journal Method is really revolutionary. It was created by designer Ryder Carroll.

If you aren’t familiar with bullet journaling, it is basically a system of organizing your thoughts, to dos, appointments and reminders in a single place. You can think of it as a diary + a planner + a calendar + a sketchbook.

Personally, we think of the Bullet Journal as something we can use for three things – organization, satisfaction, and expression.

Organization

 

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In the photo above, you could see that a lot of things are organized into one place. There is a calendar on the left side where events and birthdays could be written. Holidays were also noted at the bottom, along with a guide to the moons in September.

On the right side, you could see a spread called ‘Intentions’ where everything that the user intends to do is laid out. Work, health, skills, and personal goals were all included. This is a good example of the different ways you could utilize your Bullet Journal.

A lot of people also use a ‘Collections’ spread to organize a group of things – it could be books you want to read, movies you want to watch, or a bucket list. The sky is the limit and in the Bullet Journal, you could organize any idea you may have into a spread usually called a ‘brain dump’.

Daily to-dos also fall under organization.

 

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Satisfaction

How could the Bullet Journal satisfy me, you ask? Well, not in the dirty way that you are thinking. Satisfaction from the Bullet Journal may come from ticking off the agenda that you have written for your day, week, month, or even your year. After completing a task, you could finally check that thing off your notebook.

 

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#Repost @brettjwright with @get_repost ・・・ Last week’s bullet journal spread all filled in. _____ The “April” lettering was inspired by one of my favorites, @ajournalbyannie. I kept this week’s layout similar to the previous one since it was a busy week. My friend was visiting (hi, Justin!) and we put so many pins in the LA map: Runyon, Row DTLA, Disneyland, Griffith, a Sofar Sounds show, LACMA, In N Out, bar hopping around WeHo, and some pool time of course. ☀️🏖 _____ 📔: Leuchtturm A5 dot grid 🖊: Pilot Juice Up 0.3 (Brown), Uniball Signo UM-151 0.38 (Khaki), & Stabilo Fineliner 0.4 (no. 88) . . . . . . #bujo #bujocommunity #bujoinspiration #bujoideas #bujoinspire #bujoaddict #bujobeauty #bujoinspo #bujospread #bujobasics #bulletjournal #minimalistbujo #minimalism #planneraddict #planner #bujoweeklyspread #bujoweekly #pen #leuchtturm1917

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As you can see above, it is very satisfying to see completed tasks, especially if you can see them all in one place. You could remember the feeling of finishing something that may have given you a hard time. Also, that satisfying look.

A lot of people also choose the way they mark their tasks with a ‘Key’ or signifiers. In the photo below, you could see how you can also get satisfied through different creative ways. Because a lot of people like to track their habits or moods, you can see that when they get filled in, it is a beautiful sight!

 

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#Repost @lifemaderesplendent with @get_repost ・・・ An update on my mood lightsaber! I love how it’s coming together, and it definitely fits for my March theme, but it’s a little too restricting for me. Also, as you can see, I’m still not keeping up on my habit tracker 🙈 oh well. This system is all about learning what works and what doesn’t, right?? • How are you all doing on your trackers this month? • #bulletjournal #bulletjournalcommunity #bulletjournaljunkies #bulletjournaladdict #bulletjournalnewbie #bujo #planneraddict #showmeyourmarchsetup #lightsaber #starwars #moodtracker #showmeyourbulletjournal #creativeoutlet #handlettering #bulletjournalmoodtracker

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Expression

The Bullet Journal is basically a place for you to dump everything. In your very own notebook, you can write out a lot of things – feelings, random thoughts, ideas. You could treat it as your diary and just lay out everything that comes into your head.

It is also a place where you can show your artistic expression.

 

 

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A lot of people who do bullet journaling are very creative and incorporate a lot of different elements into their space. Some even have assigned themes to all their different months. This is also an amazing way to see how you could grow your craft and at the same time, yourself.

 

As we said, the sky is the limit in bullet journaling. There aren’t really any fixed rules that you should follow in using your journal. You should just use it the way that is most fitted to your self, and then see how it goes from there.

For inspiration, you could get a lot of ideas from Pinterest. You can also check out YouTubers like Amanda Rach Lee and Boho Berry to see how they use theirs. Or check out the official site of the Bullet Journal here.

 

How do YOU use your bullet journal? Share with us your thoughts through the comments below! Or hit us up on our Facebook or Twitter @UDoUPh.