I Committed to Bullet Journaling for a Year and I’ll Never Be the Same

Have you heard of bullet journaling, the magical way of tracking pretty much every effing thing in your life? If you haven’t, then boy do I have news for you. The Bullet Journal (or #BuJo for us superfans) is “a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above.” It may sound like it is too good to be true, but as someone who devoted the entirety of 2017 to bullet journaling my @$$ off, I can tell you that it is WELL worth all of the social media hype you may have seen on Instagram.

What I love most about the bullet journal is that it’s is highly customizable and you can pretty much do whatever you want with it. I kept it really simple at first, using a black pen on my dotted notebook in order to create To Do Lists, track my savings, write down my mental health issues, journal a bit throughout the day, and generally figure life out. What the bullet journal allowed me to do, is see what I truly wanted to prioritize. For instance, if there is something that I kept moving from week to week, then I knew that this was a task that I didn’t truly want to get done.

It also allowed me to see how my days might be affecting my mental health and visa versa, as well as how to keep better track of the habits that I wanted to form. Because of the bullet journal, I started to eat a lot less sugar, exercise more, and even meditate sometimes. Sure, life still wasn’t perfect but I knew that I was doing everything I could to live my happiest, most productive life. Although, you can find the basics of how to create a BuJo in this getting started guide, my biggest inspiration came from #BuJo on Instagram. Here are 7 ways that I used the bullet journal to change my life. And who knows? It might even change yours.

1. Start your month with an inspirational quote. 

One of my absolute favorite things to do in my bullet journal every month is to set an intention. For instance, you can create a type of cover page for when the month starts and doddle in a beautiful quote or phrase that signifies something that you’d like to accomplish this month or something that inspires you. One of my all-time favorite quotes was, “choose to be happy today.” It was nice to see that every single day, when I checked what day of the month it was in the mornings.




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