When I first heard about bullet journals, I thought nah I’m good. It seemed like too much work. Plus, why would anyone want to make a planner when you can buy one? But clearly, I didn’t know what I was talking about. And now I’m singing a different tune. It even made it into this month’s favorites video. Check it out below.
I’ve worked in all different types of jobs but what no one tells you about working for yourself? You have to motivate you. No one else can pull up the slack for you. This last fall my schedule seemed all over and I wasn’t organized. I thought back to how I stayed on track in college. What was the key that kept me on point? My planner.
So, armed with black Friday deals and a desire to get on track, I picked up a physical planner. I like to keep events and things in my phone but the daily tasks I would write down. It helped keep me accountable for what I was doing for Savee & Savory each day.
But after I while, I found I wasn’t really using my planner. I would pick it up occasionally and only stay with it a week or two. It still wasn’t getting the job done. Luckily for me, several of my go-to youtubers were sharing their love of bullet journals. Their videos helped me see how I could make it work for my life style.
Based on the advice of the many videos I watched, I purchased a bullet journal styled notebook. You can make the outline for everything yourself but I wanted to save time and make it easy. I also grabbed some new pens with a fine enough point for my new journal. I’m a bit of a pen junkie.
Honestly, I fell in love with the journal quickly. I’ve been raving about it to all my friends. So, today I thought I’d share a bit about why I’m obsessed.
Initially, I didn’t like this feature. A planner/journal that was individualized seemed like extra work. But I’ve found that it’s the best part. I can keep all of my content calendars, ideas and blog post break downs in one place. I no long find myself chasing post its. It’s great!
It keeps me organized.
I’m a list person. When I need to get myself organized, I opt for a list. I’ve made countless lists filled with ideas for posts, a to do list and just generally breaking down things. The problem with this is that my lists don’t always end up in the same place. With my bullet journal, now they do. Some of my lists are running lists. Some of my lists are daily when I feel like I need to check individual things off.
It helps me see ahead.
Because of what I do, it’s important to be able to create a calendar showing content. I need to be able to see what’s ahead, I also need to be able to pull from a list of ideas when that calendar looks sparse. I’ve created that with my bullet journal. I can break down both the monthly content and the ideas list. And it’s all in one place.
It lets me track progress.
If you’re wanting to track your diet and weight loss, a bullet journal might be an awesome idea. I like to track general numbers for different social media channels and the blog. I have a list of them all in one place so come January 2018 I can see the progress I’ve made.
It’s for everyone.
Because you can change it to your needs, everyone can use a bullet journal. Grocery Lists? To Lists? Maybe you just need a place to vent. It’s great to have something so versatile at hand.
Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about it. And I can’t believe how long I waited to try it. But I really do love my bullet journal. If you’re just getting into it or have no idea where to start, there are tons of great videos on youtube. I’d recommend going to their website as well. And if you want to get the one I have you can find it here*.