Why I Joined the Bullet Journal Trend

I have a confession: I am not an organized person. 

I try, I really do, and I can have weeks of success but when it all comes down to it - I can be chaotic. 

In school I was fine, mostly thanks to endless reminder notes for myself, and I've always been set at jobs. Both are places where I can be held accountable and others depend on me. But when it comes to just me and my blog? I can get a little all over the place! 

Regardless, every school year I would buy myself an agenda (the cutest one I could find) and go hard for a month or two and then *poof* I would stop. Even this year, being out of school, I went and picked one up to get my blog in order. 

Well, I soon realize there just wasn't enough room. 

I wanted to write notes and lists (I'm huge on lists) and see months at a time without all the flipping of pages. So, I went another route. 

The huge wall calendar was exciting to my nerdy self! Colour coordination, post-its galore and so much room to write! I went crazy! 

I had different post-its for different blog categories and different coloured markers for work but then reality came strolling on in - I could not carry this bad boy around. 

So while it was great to have on my desk and I loved ripping off a month and see all that I had done, it wasn't ideal. 

I tried to go another route - Google Calendar. 

I would always have it on me, you can colour coordinate, set alarms, share events with others and my friends have raved about it. 

I love the look of the app, so crisp, and it's very easy to navigate. 

But I missed pen and paper and scratching things off lists. 

At this point it's completely okay that you're rolling your eyes at me because I know that I am being a little dramatic here and really shouldn't have to try all these options...but I did. 

I don't really have any cons for this app! I know me wanting to write it down physically is certainly not a con for most and I would totally recommend this app to fellow busy bees. 

So what made me stop?

The mysterious trend that is bullet journaling. If you want to dive in and see what it's really about then you should check out the original idea because it is some intense stuff! I am not that hardcore but I'll fill you in on why I made the switch. 

A blank bullet journal (bujo for short) is slightly intimidating. 

You see them all over Pinterest and Instagram and my goodness some people can write! I'll be honest, my sister helped me the first page because I didn't want to mess up. Pretty bad eh? 

It has a Table of Contents & the pages are numbered and you can mix it up however you want, which is what I love. I have lists and quotes and (minimal) doodles. I switch between two main layouts: monthly and weekly...but soon went straight monthly because my weeks were getting too cramped with all the jobs. 

Here's what I think overall:

Pros:

  • all the freedom 
  • still compact to carry around 
  • numbered pages with table of contents make it easy to find what you're looking for 
  • endless inspiration online 
  • the dotted pages make it easy to create your own layout 
  • there's a huge community online that's fun to be a part of 

Cons: 

  • too much freedom can be a bad thing (especially if you over doodle!) 
  • it is up to you to keep the structure (this could be a pro or con really) 
  • it takes a lot more time because you're laying it all out yourself
  • it's really easy to compare to other journals online (tip: you do you)

Naturally I had to pick up a pencil case and markers to start me out - I recommend fine tip ones because they don't bleed through the pages too much. 

So there you have it, that's why I bought into the hype. 

I really do prefer it over the traditional planner and if you fall 'behind' on your planning you're okay because it's just blank pages so you can pick it up at anytime! 

If you've tried a bujo, show me! I'm always looking up new page layouts on Pinterest and I'll never tire of the inspo. 

Happy journaling!