With bullet journalling taking the blogging world by storm, how do you know if it’s the right set-up for you? I wrote about why I started a bullet journal back in April, but for those of you still wondering ‘is bullet journalling right for me?’ I’m gonna throw some ideas around to help you make up your mind.
What are you using the system for?
Bullet journalling can take on a variety of forms, but the underlying system should always be present with ‘true’ bullet journalling. Are you using your bullet journal to organise your personal life? Will it be your new work companion? Will it help you plan your blog posts and keep track of your stats?
Working out what you intend to use the journal for will help you figure out if the system is right for you. My bullet journal massively helps me organise my daily life, but I also use it to help plan my blog posts. I intend to split these into two separate journals at some point to make my planning simpler, but the blog bullet journal might end up being more of a notebook rather than sticking to the bullet journal ‘rules’. To me, this is a way of adapting the system to work to my needs, which of course is something you can totally do too.
Perhaps this process can only work through trial and error, but consider what you’re going to be using bullet journalling for. The official website has a lot more info on the system (and explains it better than I ever could) so watching the 4 minute intro video is probably your best bet for deciding if the system is right for you.
Do you struggle to keep organised?
This is the main thing that drew me to bullet journalling. I hate feeling disorganised, but never used to be able to keep track of everything I had to do. I had countless notebooks with multiple to-do lists, and never got to the bottom of anything. With the bullet journal I can see all my tasks in one place, and I can decide to do them, migrate them, or leave them completely.
If you’re in a similar position, I would absolutely recommend bullet journalling! If you’re already using a system that works for you then bullet journalling may not have a lot to offer you.
Are you just looking for something new?
The above point said, if you’re just looking for a new way of spicing up your current system, bullet journalling may well be the answer to your prayers. It does take time to draw out layouts (especially if you take inspiration from the likes of Boho Berry) but that can be part of the fun.
Are you creative?
The bullet journal doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but if you’re creative you can find yourself having a lot of fun with it. From colour coding to washi taping, there’s loads to keep your creative mind working in your bullet journal. See my 5 must-have pages for my bullet journal for some ideas!