In my life, I have tried many different kinds of planning. There were the planners that we were given in school that every student was required to use, the planners with every hour dissected for precision, task list apps and online calendars. And each one ultimately failed me. For years, I feel like I’ve been living each day with almost no purpose, no direction. I’m just going through the motions and not in the moment. I started to find my way through this fog of living with the bullet journal.
If you’re anything like me, you have a collection of journals, half used notebooks, Post-It notes, legions of pens and markers, and other stray office supplies. Since I was young, I loved the idea of a nice organized office and brain, but my reality had always been far from it. So I hoarded all the ingredients, hoping to one day find the recipe to put it all together and bake an organized life. But I always ended up with three or four planners and notebooks for jotting down different things, and quickly tasks fell through the cracks. Finally, I tried this bullet journal system while keeping my expectations low. Surely, I thought, it would fail like the others and I’d toss it by the wayside, but my hopeful heart insisted that I gave this system a shot. It seemed different from anything else I had tried.
I started using it and got all excited setting up my first spreads, doing my dailies, jotting down collections. I kept everything very simple in the layout, but I went nuts making all kinds of lists. After the initial high, I slowed down a little and used it primarily for my dailies. Until recently, there was never an epiphany that this was a great system and that it was working for me. I just never really stopped. I slowed down for periods of time when there was not many tasks, such as the summer months while I was still in school. Then, a few months ago I flipped to the beginning of my journal and realized that it had been nearly two years of efficient and effective life management. And I’m talking schoolwork, graduation, planning a wedding, orchestrating a move, and finding a job. My bullet journal kept up with me the whole way through.
After my life circumstances changed dramatically and I found myself with more time on my hands and a real desire to build a positive life, I started turning to my bujo to make that happen. I began looking on Pinterest for inspiration on how to track my goals, plan better, and be more in the now. Very quickly I found myself engulfed in the seemingly secret community of bullet journallers online and fell in love with the art, organization, and connection. Never in my life have I felt more ready for each day that lies ahead. I can look at how I’ve spent my time, observe cycles, and learn more about myself to help better myself. And I feel positive that no matter what course I want to take in the future, my bullet journal will be right there by my side to help me be the best and most productive person I can be.
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