How to enjoy using your bullet journal

A photograph of a bullet journal page spread.

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I think one of the key points to having a bullet journal is that you can make it your own. The world is your oyster! Write whatever you like, design what you like, use it however you like. But I think what we all have to remember is this…

It has to be your own and it has to be what works for you. 

I first started a bullet journal back in August 2017. I searched through Pinterest and found all of these perfect page spreads. My time was consumed watching YouTube videos on peoples bullet journal layouts and I was trying to copy these to make mine equally as beautiful. Needless to say, I quickly fell out of love with my bullet journal because I wasn’t using it for me. I was simply following what other people were doing and I didn’t enjoy it.

My bullet Journal was quickly retired to the bookshelf and it’s finally made a reappearance in April 2020 during the Covid-19 UK lockdown.

So what has changed now?

For me, this has come with age, but I’m now a massive believer in doing my own thing and making things work for me. Yes, I’ll look on Pinterest at inspiration, but I’m also keen to experiment with ideas and make my bullet journal my own. I’ve been thinking outside the box about how I can use my bullet journal. Experimenting with different art techniques and layouts has brought me so much joy.

My bullet journal probably isn’t what you would typically expect. I’m focusing less on using it as a planner and more as somewhere to jot down my thoughts, feelings and ideas. It has become my creative outlet to experiment with art techniques. I’ve ditched the strategic page layout and gone for a more carefree approach. I’ve fallen in love with bullet journaling again because I no longer see it as a chore. I see it as a creative outlet. Here’s an example of a page from my bullet journal. On the left, I’ve used the page to put stickers that I’ve made with writing about my week and on the right I’ve experimented using paints and stamps.

Creative bullet journal page spread

Here are some tips on how you can enjoy your bullet journal more

1 – Don’t follow the crowd. Be yourself and do your own thing.

2 – Experiment with different ideas, if you don’t like something then you don’t have to do it again.

3 – Set your intentions for your bullet journal. Are you using it as a planner, a diary or somewhere to braindump? There are so many amazing things that you can use your bullet journal for, but it’s good to pinpoint what you’re trying to achieve.

4 – Don’t focus on perfection! This is the mistake I made with trying to make ‘perfect’ page spreads. It completely took the fun out of it.

5 – Don’t force it. Sometimes you just won’t be in the mood to use a bullet journal and that’s fine. You don’t have to religiously use a bullet journal every day.

6 – Remember there are no rules! – There is no right or wrong, it’s up to you what you want to write about and use your bullet journal for.

7 – Don’t compare yourself to others – Yes, there are beautiful spreads all over the internet, but you are your own person. Never compare yourself to someone else.

8 – Use printables if you want to – Sometimes I print out monthly spreads to stick in my bullet journal because I can’t be bothered to draw out all of the lines. It’s fine to cut corners to make things quicker and easier if that suits you.

9 – It doesn’t have to be fancy. Simple spreads can be just as effective if that’s what you prefer.

10 – Have fun!! Bullet journaling should be something you enjoy. Don’t put pressure on yourself and just enjoy the process.

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How do you like to use your bullet journal? Leave me a comment below.


1 Comment

  1. Annelies
    August 6, 2020 / 6:05 AM

    So true! From what I can see yours does look very nice though 😊 But I like that you use it for creative experiments. I use mine as a tracker mostly and it has evolved based on my needs and habits. You can have a look on my blog if you like (tried to paste the direct link here to the post but it doesn’t seem to work?) at my post ‘June bullet journal’

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