One of my goals for this year was to reduce the number of planners I was using. I’m down from 6 to 4, so yay! Unfortunately, one of the planners I’ve decided to abandon this year is my Bullet Journal.
I love the idea of the Bullet Journal – having everything all in one place is ideal for me, I thought. What I’ve come to realize is that I’m a functional planner, not a decor or artistic planner. I use my planner(s) to keep my life organized. If they’re also pretty, that’s a bonus, but not a need. Which is how Bullet Journals started – as a functional planner.
These days, all the Bullet Journals you see are the ones where amazingly artistic people have spent what must be hours slaving over gorgeous spreads. I don’t want to spend that kind of time – writing the same calendar over and over and over, drawing (in my case, poorly) decorations, etc.
If I spent the time to draw this movie tracker, I wouldn’t have any time to watch the movies! Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest are chock-full of spread ideas like this for making your BuJo beautiful.
And that’s great. Nothing wrong with decorating your BuJo, if that’s what makes you happy. Me? I’d rather buy a preprinted planner and create stickers to make it useful (and pretty). I wanted to stick with the BuJo, I really did.
But after several months of gritting my teeth and forcing myself to use it, I decided it wasn’t worth the headache and guilt for me. I spent more time avoiding it than I did using it, which defeated the whole purpose.
Someday maybe I’ll use it again. But for now, I’m sticking with what works – and that is not using the Bullet Journal. A lesson to remember – if it doesn’t work for you, leave it and move on. Now I’m free to concentrate on other things.