Ah… the bullet journal.
As you may know, I am a very organized person and love all things to do with lists, agendas, planners, etc. Naturally, when I learned about the bullet journal trend, I was thoroughly excited. I stalked lots of Instagram accounts, read lots of posts, went out and bought beautiful pens & stickers, and a beautiful moleskine notebook.
Unfortunately, the excitement didn’t last long. As much as I love being organized, I could not stand the rigidity and discipline it takes to keep a bullet journal. Today, I am going to tell you WHY and what I do instead.
First thing’s first….
What is a Bullet Journal, Anyway?
The bullet journal. One of the most popular trends over the past few years, and for good reason.
If you are unfamiliar, I will quickly give you the run down. Bullet journals are journals that you customize to track WHATEVER you want. They are artistic, beautiful and highly, highly detailed ways to track just about anything in your life. From monthly, weekly & daily spreads, to habit trackers and sleep logs… You can do it all in ONE PLACE!
Here are some examples :
What I Dislike About Bullet Journaling…
- It ended up feeling like a CHORE – Rather than looking forward to it, as I normally do, I dreaded “having” to fill out my bullet journal each day. Especially at the end of a long day. The last thing I felt like doing on some days was pull out my pretty coloured pencils and go through all the things I did / OR DIDN’T do (even worse).
- When I would forget, I’d beat myself up – On the days I didn’t remember to fill it out, I ended up feeling LESS productive than normal and would be so hard on myself about it. Not good.
- I’m NOT ARTISTIC – As much as I would love to be, I’m not. I could never make them look as beautiful as in the pictures.
- Too time consuming – Creating the spreads took hours, upon hours. It seemed so ridiculous by the end of it. As beautiful as some of the spreads can be, I knew I didn’t want to have to make a new spread each and every week. Kind of defeated the purpose of trying to be productive.
What I Do Instead…
I shared a similar post about my organization strategies, however they have changed SLIGHTLY over the past few months. Here is what I currently do to keep myself organized at all times:
AGENDA & DAILY TO-DO’S:
Still an agenda girl, through and through. I currently use the 2019 Refresh Weekly Planner by Workspacery. I fill out birthdays, appointments, and work times & dates in my agenda. I keep it close by, however don’t feel obligated to look at it every single day, which is nice. I also keep daily to-do lists using my Actions by Moleskine app. It is a LIFESAVER.
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MY BULLETIN BOARD LISTS:
This is the MAIN THING I do to replace the bullet journal. I have THREE lists that I keep on my bulletin board (similar to a vision board). I keep these three lists on my bulletin board because it’s a place in my room that I look at often and it helps to keep me on track, without creating something that feels like a chore.
Why do I find this method better than bullet journaling?
- Less time consuming – I don’t have to commit to tracking my every single move. Instead, I am reminded frequently and use these reminders as focus for my day.
- More flexibility – I like that I don’t have to say OKAY TODAY I’M CLEANING THE HOUSE! No. I will clean the house once per week. I can move it around based on my schedule and do it when it’s a suitable time for me.
- Neat, organized & to the point – I find it easier to read this way. Bullet journals can become overwhelming, and when trying to stay organized, overwhelm is something you want to avoid!
- Consistency – Lists like this will help you to be more consistent. I look at it this way: A daily reminder rather than a daily “chore”.
LIST ONE: THINGS TO DO ON A DAILY BASIS
I write down things I want to habitually do on a daily basis. If I don’t do them, it’s okay. I don’t beat myself up, I simply try harder the following day! On this list, I have things like: meditate, green tea at night, yoga, eat clean & drink lots of water. They are REMINDERS of how I want my day to look and things I want to make an effort to include.
LIST TWO: THINGS TO DO ON A WEEKLY BASIS
On this list, I note down things that I want to do once per week (not necessarily on a specific day). Here, I include tasks such as: laundry, clean the house, tanning routine, pedicure & face mask. You get the point!
LIST THREE: VALUES TO ALIGN WITH WHO YOU WANT TO BE
This is my favourite list, and honestly is the most important one in my opinion. Closer to the end of 2018, I started to realize that my behaviours and habits weren’t necessarily aligning with the woman I want to be and my core values. I thought… let’s change this. I am trying to do this in several ways, however this “Values” list I have created really helps to remind me of what’s important. I read it often. I am reminded of things I need to implement on a daily basis to become more aligned. See the photo below for an example of things I write down to focus on.
There you have it, folks!
I hope this post helped you and maybe gave you some inspiration. I’m definitely not knocking anyone who can keep up with the bullet journal! I think it’s awesome if you can, it just isn’t for me.
As usual, have a great week and I will talk to you soon!
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