Bullet journaling. So by this time you already may have heard of bullet journaling, or you have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about. Well if you're the latter, then don't worry because in today's post I will describe to you all that you need to know about bullet journaling in the simplest, easiest way possible. Many friends have expressed that they would love to bullet journal but "simply do not have the time or creativity" to start one. Well, my hope with this post is to debunk some bullet journaling myths and to inspire you to begin utilizing a journal because keeping my journal has become one of my favorite habits and has helped me in battling anxiety and retaining mindfulness in my life countless times.
What they say bullet journaling is:
If you type in "bullet journal" in Google, you will be flooded with perfect, impeccable, visually satisfying "spreads" (a term used by bullet journalists to describe the full view of your notebook page). Here's a few examples of such spreads:
So, the original concept of the bullet journal was originally developed by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer living in Brooklyn, NY. The term bullet journaling comes from the idea of using bullet points to simplify the every day responsibilities and tasks. I'm not going to explain every bits and bobs of the original bullet journal here since I don't really adhere to it but give this website a visit if you're curious ( http://bulletjournal.com).
Now, be honest with me. Scrolling through those photos was extremely satisfying, wasn't it? Because it is satisfying for a lot of people. But if I tell you anything about bullet journaling, it is that achieving "perfect-looking" spreads is not the point of bullet journaling. If you start this journey of bullet journaling with solely the goal of having Instagram-worthy, perfect spreads, I will guarantee you that two things will happen: (1) you will hate every moment of it because you're constantly trying to make YOUR journal look like SOMEONE ELSE'S journal, (2) after various attempts and pouring money into supplies, you will end up quitting.
I began to journal five years ago as my freshman year of College as a means of escaping from my annoying and (overly-dramatic, I'm sure) terrible time as a college freshman. Looking back, I realized that I had been bullet journaling even before bullet journaling became a trend (oh, I know such a hipster/ trendsetter).
What bullet journaling really is:
Bullet journaling is just. journaling. Somehow as it became a trend, many frontrunners have began creating certain rules to bullet journaling that don't need to be adhered to by everyone. Don't get overwhelmed by the perfect spreads and the never-ending lists of expensive supplies that websites say you need. Bullet journaling is just journaling and putting down on paper YOUR thoughts, YOUR everyday to-do's and responsibilities, and WHATEVER YOU FEEL LIKE GETTING OUT OF YOUR HEAD AND INTO PAPER. I believe that the best bullet journals are the ones that most authentically represent who YOU are. Look above at those "perfect" spreads again, what else do you notice? They're all so unique and one of a kind to their individual creators. They represent those journalists and their imagination. That, in my humble opinion, represents the "perfect" bullet journal.
So, you want to try this bullet journaling thing? Well, let's get started then.
materials and supplies:
These are my supplies I use to bullet journal. I admit, I have dumped a lot of money on other supplies like washi tapes or colorful stickers or expensive pens and markers to try to mimic the styles of other bullet journalists but I have come a long way to find my happy place with bullet journaling and for me, less is more.
some of my spreads:
Honestly it's all about having fun and making the blank space something that will be authentic to you.
Don't worry too much about it being perfect and just pour out what is on your mind and heart: is it a grocery list? Or a 10 year plan for your professional goals? Just jot them down and you will be able to experience visually seeing your growth and maturation through the pages of your journals.
It's never too late to start, just grab a pen and notebook and begin journaling away today. Good luck and have fun!
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