Ever since I first talked about starting a bullet journal on the blog and my Instagram, I had been getting questions about how I liked it and if I’d recommend switching from regular planner to bullet journal. So here – finally – is my verdict. Is it worth the hype? Or an utter waste of time?
My bullet journal journey
I’ve started journaling with an extremely organized bullet journal that contained monthly, weekly and daily spreads as well as habit trackers and a cleaning schedule for the flat. It started off great. I had been motivated and sat down every night to color, write and schedule. It was fun, relaxing and allowed to me to take some time off and unwind.
With time, however, it became more and more of a chore, rather than a relaxing activity. When I went out I forgot it. When I was feeling upset I didn’t feel the inspiration to touch it. When I was at my friends I completely forgot about it and on busy days I started to scribble in it, rather than delicately draw and unwind.
When the new year rolled around I decided to get a “real planner” for my day to day life again. And that was the end of my bullet journal. Or was it?
How I use my bullet journal now
Truth is, I find a regular pretty planner so much more useful for me. I need something I can scribble in. Something with clear lines and also days that go months into the future for when I’m planning big projects and/or try to find out when I can jet off to a tropical destination. (e.g. never) I need to-do lists and space for thoughts to clear my mind and organize my life.
My bullet journal, however, I still use. Not for to-do lists and a weekly plan. But for writing down thoughts. I have some pages dedicated to a gratitude journal. I write down blog post ideas and poems when they cross my mind. It contains half a novel from the days when demons haunt my head. It contains drawings from when I’m sat at the doctors waiting to be called in. My bullet journal is a normal journal. My safe haven now.
So… is it worth the hype?
Bullet journaling just wasn’t for me. Just not in the way that it’s supposed to be used. The creating of weekly and monthly spreads was exhausting to me and didn’t allow me to plan further than a few days at a time. Also, it troubled me to write down what crossed my mind when it did because often I didn’t have the right pen with me or was in a hurry and couldn’t do it nicely. I wanted to have it all neat and pretty but that stressed me out more than it calmed me down.
I do think bullet journaling is great. And for some it might be the perfect match. For me, it simply didn’t work out, though. I now use my Jo&Judy planner (buy)* again and adore it. My Leuchtturm1917 (buy)**, which I had bought to journal, has become my daily companion for when I want to write something down. And the Tombow watercolor markers (buy)** I had ordered for the journal I now use to mark important dates.
Are you using a bullet journal? Do you like it? Or do you think its overhyped? Let’s discuss in the comments down below. I’m excited to hear how you think about it.