5 Reasons to Start a Bullet Journal

Keeping a bullet journal style planner is the number one way I am able to stay organized in my life. Have you been thinking of starting a bullet journal but don’t know if it’s right for you? I’ve compiled a list of 5 reasons you might want to start one. These are the top reasons I can’t live without my bullet journal — but really, I could come up with SO many more.

1. It helps you stay organized in a way that works for you.

I think one of the main draws of starting a bullet journal is the customization aspect. I mean, let’s face it — there are thousands of premade planners out there and it may seem crazy that you’re drawing boxes and calendars over and over again right? But in my opinion, premade planners are always missing tons of things that I want in my planner, and they include things I don’t need. When you have a bullet journal, you can set it up however you want. Just flip to the next blank page and create whatever spread or list you need at the moment!
Personally, I love to use my bullet journal as a mix of a planner, a journal, random lists, and a place to document my life. And my needs from month to month may vary — and even week to week! So there is no way any premade planner can account for those fluctuations.

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2. It can help build or break habits.

One of the most popular types of spreads in bullet journals are habit trackers. These are nifty little charts, graphs, or even illustrations where you can keep track of habits you want to maintain, cultivate, or break. I’ll admit that I’ve done something just to be able to color in the little square in my journal! It sounds crazy, but any little way we can trick ourselves into doing something good for ourselves is a win in my opinion.
When you’re keeping meticulous track of your habits, you become very mindful of how you’re spending your time. If you’ve tracked that you seldom did something you’d like to do everyday (i.e. exercise, cook healthy food, practice a skill), but instead tracked a lot of instances of something not so great (watching tv, scrolling through Instagram), it gives you some accountability and honesty for where the majority of your time goes.

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3. It can help you achieve your goals.

In the beginning of my notebook, I have some large goals/trackers I document. But tackling a huge goal is so intimidating and often, we don’t know where to start. It would be so difficult to tackle a vague and huge project like that all at once. So each month, I like to make a list of smaller goals that will help me achieve these bigger goals. Then within each of my weekly spreads and daily lists, I can further break down that monthly goal into bite sized, actionable pieces. This has been really helpful for me to feel more emotionally ready to tackle big projects and to make larger changes in my life.

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4. It’s a great way to document your life.

This was especially important to me in 2018 because I had a lot of big life events happening — getting engaged AND married in the same year, moving, traveling. Of course, a bullet journal is a great way to keep track of those big events. But when I think about documenting my life, I actually think it’s the small, seemingly forgettable moments that I feel are so precious — all the more so because the little things are the things we forget first. I mean, for all those big events, we usually already have them on camera or video, but we don’t usually take videos of our everyday life. There are SO many examples of things I have documented in my bullet journal that are inconsequential but all together, they paint a picture of what my life is at a certain moment in time.
One example of this is the “Favorites” spread I do each month. This list is usually a list of very ordinary every day things — my favorite makeup at the time, something I’ve been cooking/eating a lot, that sort of thing. If you asked me what my favorite meal to cook three months ago was, I couldn’t tell you. But I’d have it written down in my planner!

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5. It’s a creative and emotional outlet.

I think that our society greatly undervalues creativity. Whether or not you consider yourself creative, or even if you’re not in a creative field, everyone can benefit greatly from doing something creative every day. This isn’t just my opinion — google it and you’ll find countless articles that can articulate the benefits of creativity far better than I can. Here is one article from Forbes and here is a blog post that I enjoyed.
Besides the obvious of how adding doodles and different font styles helps you to explore your creative side, I also find so much value in the space that my bullet journal creates to express myself in words. When you have a dedicated space to write down your thoughts and make list after list, you’ll find yourself discovering so many things you didn’t know about yourself, while unwinding from your day with a non-digital hobby — which is a blessing in itself in our day and age.

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So there you have it, 5 reasons why you should start a bullet journal. Now, if you want to find out how to actually set up your first bullet journal, check out my post on how to set up your first bullet journal, and follow me on Instagram for more inspiration!

Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Black
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Black

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Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Nordic Blue
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Nordic Blue

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Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Berry
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Berry

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Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Emerald
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Emerald

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Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Kraft
Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Kraft

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Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Black
Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Black

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Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Red
Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Red

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Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Grey
Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Grey

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Micron Pens - Variety Pack
Micron Pens - Variety Pack

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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens - 12
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens - 12

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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens - 24

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Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens - 48

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