Even since I “officially” started Bullet Journaling in May it seems like the BuJo has swept the nation! A lot of folks are starting their journey and finding their own version of peace with a system that will help them get shit done. There’s a lot of stuff out there – how do we start? I talk a little bit about this in a previous post, but this is for Bullet Journaling specifically. If you’re looking for specific, step by step, I talk about that here as I set up a work bullet journal.
Why am I doing this? The power of purpose shouldn’t be underestimated, and in this case, centering yourself always on the reason why you’re planning in the first place. It is SO easy to get swept up in all the crazy stuff that’s out there, endless articles, Pins, Instagram accounts… so it’s important to know why YOU are doing this. I personally don’t plan just to plan, I plan in order to:
Often I need this reminder when I get swept up in how BEAUTIFUL people’s layouts are, how neat someone’s handwriting is, or how creative someone’s list is… I’m not personally planning to get stuck in all that – so I need to let go of trying to be someone I’m not in my planner.
Focus on the “how/why” and less on the “stuff”. As with any other industry, it’s easy to feel like what we have is inadequate – we don’t have the “It” notebook, the right pens, the best traveler’s notebook, bag…. it gets. insane. This economy THRIVES on our sense of inadequacy and we need to remember what marketers wish you didn’t know – you are ENOUGH, your supplies are ENOUGH, and … buying this stuff won’t make you organized just like buying that workout top won’t give you abs. You have to make the changes in your habits, using these supplies, in order to see the results you want.
Take the time to reflect on what works. A lot of new folks will come to a decision point of “should I use dot grid or grid?” “hard cover or soft cover?” “which pens?” asking for others to tell them what to do. This has always seemed crazy to me. I can’t tell you what to do – I don’t know your life, how you want to use this stuff, or your personal preferences – you have to do the work of figuring that out. Then, make the decision and take ownership over that, failure or triumph! We can certainly give you pros and cons but we can’t choose for you.
Check out this video to see what I mean by “I didn’t get here overnight” – I flip through ALL of my bullet journals from last May 2015 to March 2016 and show you how I had to do a lot of work to figure out what works for ME – I hope you go through a similar process! There is so much joy in becoming.
My other less philosophical advice:
What about you? What do you suggest?