Bullet Journal: An idea I've shot down


Bullet Journals don't work for me, Doodle books do



I wanted to address something that bothers me. I can't get to grips with the Bullet Journal. That's not a problem, I don't need to like it or understand it, but I would like to know why I don't. The premise of the bullet journal sounds exactly like something I'd enjoy as a hobby or an outlet for creativity and organisation.

If you would like to learn a bit more about the concept surrounding the bullet journal here's a link: http://bulletjournal.com/get-started/

Firstly I'll start with the fact that there is a website showing you how to keep and layout a bullet journal. I completely appreciate that some people may really need ideas like this to help them start and maintain a journal like this. For me personally, however, I find the whole idea of rules for a bullet journal something a bit too rigid, regimented, and suffocating.

I try not to write huge lists of what I need to do because lets face it, life can get in the way. This is obviously my outlook on lists, but if I don't tick of x amount of tasks I'd set myself to do that day, I feel like a bit of a failure. The format of a bullet journal is just like any other list making layout but its had more time spent over it with doodling and creativity. I encourage this, obviously, but why do we do this to ourselves? Listing things and then setting ourselves up for feeling unsatisfied. As you can see from the images, my bullet journal just turned into a sketch book basically! What I'm curious to explore is why we spend time writing lists, that arguably we don't need, unless you truly don't want to forget something very important, but for me, I'm not going to 'forget' to vacuum the carpets, I'll choose whether or not I want to do it! 

So instead of writing lists of things we feel we must do then tick off what we've done but also risking there being a whole bunch of things with no ticks and a big neon sign saying failure, you let yourself down...well not so dramatic I know but...why don't we sit down at the end of the day and write a list of the things that we did achieved that day? Surely that's more helpful to our wellbeing and self praise. And isn't that the difference between what a bullet journal is supposed to be and a normal journal. Isn't a bullet journal supposed to be a personal collective promoting your own happiness through creativity? 

I feel that the doing and the reflection afterwards is where the feeling of fulfilment lies.



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