Let’s talk about bullet journals! Ok, so I’ve told you how to start, what to use a bullet journal for, and how to go about decorating it. Now, I’ll tell you one thing that I sometimes forget about myself. Get messy! That’s one thing about a bullet journal you can’t get with regular ones. With bullet journals you can get messy with the way it looks. You can put your tracker boxes wherever you want, and still keep track of your daily tasks on the same page. You can add extra windows and flaps, in case you run out of space, and you don’t have to be careful where you stick them.
Now yes, in most other journals you can do that too, but you’ll find that the margins in those books are rather small, and you’ll be blocking certain tracker boxes and dates, so you’ll either have to go over the bits you’ve taped over or glued over, or you’ll have to guess what date you’re on, by counting the boxes. Either way it’s messy, and not in the good way. That’s why, using a bullet journal can help with that creativity.
It Doesn’t Have To Be The Same
In most store-bought journals, you’ll find that the layout for every day, every week or every month is exactly the same. This isn’t the case with bullet journals. You can be as messy and as all over the place as you want to be. After all, with store-bought journals, the factory print is already set, and while you might be able to get away with a few things, it’s more likely you’ll give up contending with the lines and boxes that have already been printed on the paper.
By using bullet journals, whether they’re lined, squared, dotted or blank, you’ll still be able to work freely. You can rearrange your tracker boxes however you please. You can add extra Dutch Doors and flaps, to make more space for your trackers and doodles. Essentially, you can do so much more with a bullet journal than with a regular one.
Take a look at my bullet journal for example. I experimented over the last few years, in terms of my layout. I moved tracker boxes here and there, added in and took out collections where I didn’t really need them, and I changed the layout of the spreads that I wanted to use. So, last year, I split my pages in half, so that one side of the page included my tracker boxes, and the other had my daily and weekly tasks. This year I’ve used one entire page for all my trackers, and the other for the daily tasks. Now, I’m not sure which one I prefer, but both are easy for me to use, and I might just alternate them next year.
I might even use a different layout altogether. I could easily create Dutch Doors and flaps to the week or month, so that I can keep an eye on my trackers, while still having space to create doodle art for that week. I could even add a gratitude log, like I did last year, and I can change up what I want to track. Essentially, every week and every month is a chance to let my creativity loose. That should be the same with you. If you’re going to create your own bullet journal, don’t forget to be creative. You don’t have to stick to a formula that you know, because it’s there. You can change it up however and whenever you please.
It’s Your Expression, Don’t Lose It
Essentially, with a bullet journal, you’re free to lay out your spreads in the way you want, and you don’t have to confine yourself to set layouts. In fact, if you’re not the kind to micro-manage your life, you don’t even need to have trackers and collections. You can simply use your bullet journal to list out the tasks you need to do for the day or the week.
Sometimes a bullet journal can simply be an expression of your creativity and art. You can even lengthen your months and weeks, by including double-page spreads that are pieces of artwork, or doodles, or even a motivational quote that you find inspiring and will return to throughout the year. A bullet journal isn’t confined like a regular journal would be, because you can do whatever you like to it. You simply need to be creative about it.
Let’s look at mine, shall we? Now, I’m not the type to use my journals for art pieces, and I highly doubt I’ll interrupt my weekly spreads with one, but that doesn’t mean I won’t create a double-page piece. In my bullet journal, I use the back pages for my collections, yearly trackers and logs, and I’m sure that my monthly spreads won’t take up the rest of the journal, so what will I do with the blank pages I’ve got?
Well, if you’ve been on my Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve done some watercolours, and doodle art every now and then, and I want somewhere to store them, instead of being confined to the sketch books that I’ve got them in. So, they’ll be going on those blank pages, once the year is through. How I’ll arrange them, you’ll have to wait and see, but that is my plan for those pages, and even if it’s messy, I don’t care. At least I have somewhere to put them.
It’s Your Journal, You Choose
So, I know this post is short, but I hope it gives you an idea of what you can do with your bullet journal. Like I said before, it’s not like your regular store-bought journal, it’s something you made for yourself, and if it means keeping extra journals for the things you can’t fit in it, then go ahead. I know I have extra journals for some of my other daily challenges, and I’ll show them to you soon. For now, experiment, be as creative and messy with your journals as you want. You’re only limited by your imagination (I know that’s a quote from someone else, but I can’t remember who said it).
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