7 Reasons You Should Start A Bullet Journal in 2023
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Why Should You Start a Bullet Journal?
The start of a new year is a great time to re-think your priorities, reflect on old habits, and consider your resolution for the upcoming year. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a tool that could help you achieve your goals and boost your overall well-being? I’m excited to tell you that this tool totally does exist and it’s called a bullet journal! This list will help you figure out how starting a bullet journal can help you start the new year with a bang!
#1 Set Manageable Goals
One of the best ways to succeed is to set specific goals to help you identify precisely what it is that you intend to do during the year. Consider a goal that has a measurable outcome. This means that you will be able to track your progress along the way. You are way more likely to achieve your goal if you write it down and remember it, which is where bullet journaling comes in! Some goals to consider are: paying off debt, drinking more water, or even saving enough money to go on a wild adventure. What will your new year’s resolution be?
#2 Track Your Goals
My favorite element of bullet journaling is fun artsy trackers that you can use to document your progress with a specific goal over time. It is really neat to have a visual that allows you to see how much progress you have made on your goals. Your tracker will act as a beautiful accountability tool that you can check in with on a regular basis.
#3 Document Your Journey
Beyond goal-setting, another way to use bullet journaling is to document your journey. A couple years ago, I bought a journal specifically for tracking my pregnancy. I used watercolor markers to write beautiful quotes, did some collage work with the ultrasound photo and even tracked some of my crazy pregnancy dreams. A bullet journal is a great way to get creative and keep document your favorite memories. What special journey are you on right now? Some journies that might be worth documenting include a fantastic trip, fun time with family or unique recipes that you cook throughout the year.
#4 Use Your Creative Side
In the wise words of author and researcher Brené Brown, “creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.” Creativity is important. If you are anything like me creativity and art help me to stay positive, especially during the winter months. This can be as simple as a pencil drawing or as complex as a washi tape geometric shape. Bullet journaling is a fun and easy way to express yourself. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does have to be a reflection of who you are. Check out these tips if you are afraid that you do not have the artistic ability to spice up your bullet journal, and don’t worry; stencils and stickers are an option.
#5 Improve Your Health
Many of the people that I meet who are interested in bullet journaling often have wellness goals. In a society where sugar and processed food are nearly unavoidable, having health goals makes sense. You can use your bullet journal to get specific with your health and wellness goals, but remember to ease in. Don’t draw a fitness tracker that requires you to run 4 miles every day starting January 1st. Instead, begin with small milestones and build up. Couch to 5k, anyone? Other health trackers that fuel my data-driven desires include hydration, sleep, and self-care trackers.
#6 Find Yourself
In the digital age, it is easy to deep dive into your phone for a quick look at everyone’s highlight reel only to ignite a sense of inadequacy in yourself. When looking at all of these photos, it is easy to forget who you are, feel lost, and even get a little disheartened. If you are at a place in your life where you feel like you need to make a major life change, it might be time to start journaling. Here are a few prompts that can be used daily:
- Ask yourself a question about something that is bothering you and then answer it by putting pen to paper.
- Do the 30-day challenge- Every day write about what energized you, drained you, and something you learned about yourself. This exercise will teach you a lot about yourself and what you should be doing with your life.
- Start a gratitude journal or affirmations log. Reflecting on the things you are thankful for is an easy way to get in touch with who you are. Shoot for a list of 1-3 per day.
#7 Manifest Something Big
Once you have used your bullet journal to journal about who you are and what you want out of this wild and adventurous life, it might be time to make a significant change. If you have something big on your heart that you have wanted for a while, a bullet journal may be able to help you work toward manifesting it. To make a big change in your life, you have to be willing to take action towards making it happen. Consider using magazine clippings or photos to create a vision board in your bullet journal to visualize your goals. Above all else, make sure your heart is open to the change becoming a reality and then get to work. This year is going to be your year!
Start A Bullet Journal This Year
Ultimately, these seven reasons to start a bullet journal: set goals, track your progress, document a new journey, use your creative side, improve your health, find yourself, or manifest something big should provide you with an excellent starting point and purpose for your bullet journal. To keep up your momentum, it’s important to remember why you started. Head here if you are ready to get started with your bullet journal.
So let’s hear it! Do you plan to start a bullet journal this year? Let me know in the comments!
I’ve known for a while I should be using a gratitude journal. I’m also jealous of my friend who can write a Christmas newsletter and remember a highlight for every month of the year. I can’t remember yesterday! I also know I’m not as focused on priorities as I should be. I get caught up with the busyness of life I don’t have time for some really important things. Also my group of gal friends want to make vision boards for the new year. And now I stumble on what is clearly not a new hobby, DIY journaling. I’ve toyed with the idea of combining all the things and more into one resource but now I have the inspiration and information to make it happen this year. Thanks Little Coffee Fox for the superb videos and articles.
The beauty of bullet journaling is that you can do just that Zoe! Have fun combining the things you love to make it all your own.
Could I continue using my old bullet journal for 2019? I started mine in December, and I have only filled about 30 pages. When I look on YouTube, though, everybody is started a new bullet journal for 2019.
Absolutely you can! Some people like to start fresh at the beginning of the year, but continuing an existing journal is awesome, too. I personally keep using a journal until it is filled and don’t change journals based on the time of the year. So keep it rolling, Misha, you got this! Happy New Year!
I’d love to hear more about your palette that you referred to!
Hey there Angela! I’m sorry, I’m not sure where I referred to a palette. Could you point me to it so I can elaborate? Thank you!