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8 Reasons You Should Be Using a Bullet Journal

8 Reasons You Should Be Using a Bullet Journal

8 Reasons You Should Be Using a Bullet Journal


What's your favorite productivity system? Do you have one in the first place? If you're looking for a way to organize your life and get more done, a bullet journal might be perfect for you. Bullet journaling is easy, flexible, and as simple or complex as you want it to be. Intrigued? Here are eight reasons you should set up your first bullet journal today.

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1. A bullet journal can be whatever you want it to be.

Want to keep all your to-do lists in one place? A bullet journal can do that. Want to make detailed plans for the next month, track your habits, log your water intake, or jot down notes about what happened every day? A bullet journal is perfect for that, too. The sky's the limit when it comes to bullet journaling - with a simple notebook and pen, you can do whatever you want to.

2. There's no need to get fancy (but you can if you want).

If you've spent any time at all on Pinterest, you've probably seen pictures of gorgeous bullet journal pages decorated with multicolored pens, fancy lettering, and washi tape. Elaborate bullet journals look great, but if you're not artistically inclined, you might feel intimidated about starting your own. No worries - a bare-bones bullet journal works just as well as an artsy one, and it's a lot quicker to set up. At its core, the bullet journaling system is about efficiency and simplicity, so don't worry if your journal ends up being more utilitarian than pretty.

3. Bullet journals are endlessly customizable.

In your bullet journal, you make the rules. Want to keep a running weekly to-do list instead of making daily lists? Go for it. Are you just interested in tracking specific projects with your bullet journal? Nothing wrong with that. There's no bad way to bullet journal, so you can try lots of things and see what works for you.

4. There's no such thing as wasted space.

The worst thing about using a traditional planner is skipping a day or a week and then having an empty space for the rest of the year. With a bullet journal, you create your pages as you need them, so you'll never have this problem. Your journal will always be ready for you to pick up where you left off.

5. You can keep all your important info in the same place.

It's annoying to have one notebook for your school assignments, another planner for your work projects, and a to-do list stuck to your fridge at home. With a bullet journal, you can keep everything you need - grocery lists, to-dos, due dates, and anything else you need to know at a glance - in your backpack or bag all the time.

6. It's easy to keep your lists and notes organized in a bullet journal.

Bullet journaling uses an indexing system to keep track of all your lists, notes, projects, plans, and other information. It's super simple (logging your pages in the index only takes a second) and it will prevent you from ever leafing aimlessly through your journal searching for that one list you need.

7. You can use any notebook you want.

With a bullet journal, you're not restricted to using a store-bought planner that might or might not meet all your needs. Sure, you can buy a dedicated bullet journal from the official website if you're nervous about setting up your own, but any blank notebook will work just fine. The specifics, like your journal's size, cover art, and paper type, are all up to you.

8. Bullet journaling keeps you focused.

We've covered the practical aspects of using a bullet journal, but you might be wondering if it actually helps you stay productive. The answer: absolutely, especially if you're the kind of person who likes making lists and keeping track of things. Obviously, the amount of effort you put into your bullet journal will determine what you get out of it. If you give journaling a fair shot and stick with it long enough to find out what works for you, you might be surprised how motivated you are to cross everything off your list by the end of the day.

If you love being productive (or if you're just a stationery fan), bullet journaling could be exactly what you need to stay focused and motivated. If you're sold on the idea of starting a bullet journal, you can find step-by-step instructions for setting one up on the official bullet journal website. Why not grab a notebook and give it a try today?

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About the Author

Hello! I'm Anne Halifax, and I'm a freelance content writer. I write articles and blog posts for individuals and small businesses who want to grow their online presence and attract more readers.

I have a bachelor's degree in classics and have worked as a news writer. Some of the topics I'm most knowledgeable about include health, productivity, self-development, and higher education.

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John - August 14, 2019

Anne, you are totally on point with this post. I have been using this system for more than four years now and it has really helped me. The flexibility of this system is what really allowed me to stick with it.

In the beginning I tried to do the full on Index, lists, bullets, habit trackers, etc. but that didn’t work for me. I just started removing things that didn’t work and over time I was left with something that did. I basically just use the index and the bullet portion of the system. I don’t really make lists that I need to keep track of.

Another things I tried and did not like was joining my work and personal stuff together. This had more to do with the form factor of the notebook. For personal tasks I prefer a pocket notebooks for it’s portability but at work I prefer something larger like an A5 size because I usually need more room. In the end I have smaller notebooks for personal items and a larger one I use at work.

Overall this has been a fantastic addition to my workflow in the office. I don’t forget things because as soon as it comes up, I jot it down. Being efficient is something I pride myself on and this system has helped me do that.

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