Bullet journaling is a great way to track what you’re doing throughout the day. It’s also a wonderful record keeper. You can look back and see how far you’ve come in any given week and month. If you’re considering giving bullet journaling a try, I hope these big benefits will have you grabbing a pen and notebook to get started.
When I began bullet journaling I was hesitant because I am not an artist. I would look at Instagram and see these gorgeous spreads and immediately think, “I can’t do that!” When I finally set aside my perfectionism and let go, I found myself able to create simple but magnificent spreads.
I will admit that I bought stickers, stamps, markers all kinds of supplies before I was able to create what I wanted, but I’m so happy I just got started because it showed me what I wanted to add to make my journal “pretty”.
So let dig into 3 big benefits of bullet journaling.
It’s Easy And Customizable
You don’t need to go out and buy a big planning system or download a fancy app to your smartphone. Instead, all it takes is a notebook and a pen or pencil.
Chances are you have an old notebook lying around. Grab it and give it a try. Setting up a basic bullet journal is simple. The entire process can be explained in a few minutes.
Set up your key, index, and monthly spread and you’re good to go. Other options you could add are future logs, habit trackers, and daily logs to dig down to the nitty-gritty. Bullet journaling is all about what works for you.
Because it is such a simple system, it’s easy to customize it for your needs. If you need ideas, head on over to YouTube or follow a few bullet journal enthusiasts on social media. You’ll get plenty of ideas to help you customize your bullet journal for your needs. Because it’s an analog system (just pen and paper), your bullet journal will work anytime anywhere, no power or Wi-Fi required.
I also want to note that you can have a hybrid system. I use my bullet journal and a couple of digital tools to stay organized.
It Helps You Stay Organized
Once you get in the habit of recording and checking off anything important, your bullet journal will help you stay organized in all areas of your life. Keep track of work tasks, dentist appointments, and your grocery list in one convenient place. The key and index make it easy to keep track of everything.
Since it’s nothing more than a notebook and pen, you can carry it around with you everywhere. Throw it in your purse, keep it next to you on your desk, and review your day before you head to bed at night. Once you get in the habit of using your journal throughout the day, it will become second nature to carry it around with you, the way you keep your phone on you.
The most important thing is to get in the habit of using your bullet journal. Instead of having notes all over the place, you have them contained within your journal.
It Frees Up Brain Space
By far the biggest benefit to using a bullet journal is that it frees up a lot of brain space. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much of a difference this will make.
Most of us don’t realize how many appointments, tasks, and random pieces of information we keep track of. Writing them down allows you to use those brain cells for more creative and productive endeavors. You may even find that you sleep better because you’re no longer worried about forgetting an important task or appointment the next day.
Write it down so your brain can think about the big picture instead of the minutia of the day to day.
There are many customization options for the bullet journal. Be it how you layout your monthly calendar or monthly log you can create customized spreads to suit your needs.
Let me know in the comments what benefits you get from bulleting journaling. I would love to hear and others may appreciate the inspiration.