I created a bullet journal because, for several years, I have purchased planners that worked well in my professional life but not in my spiritual life. I have found prayers journals that included a planner, that I didn’t like. And, of course, there are lined journals but I wanted more. But I didn’t want to carry two or three books around everywhere. Enter, the bullet journal. I will be sharing more about my journey into the life of a bullet journal, complete with pictures.
What is a bullet journal?
The short answer to “What is a bullet journal?” is a journal created by you, for you, with everything you need or want in it. For me, it is so much more. I created my bullet journal to track things like my water intake, exercise, calorie intake, bills, AND my schedule, sermon notes, and Bible study. I included pages for menu planning and grocery lists using sticky notes so I change it as needed. So, in a nutshell, my bullet journal is everything I want it to be. So let’s take a look and I will tell you what I like and don’t like.
What I LOVE …
My absolute favorite thing about my bullet journal is my sermon notes and Bible study pages IN THE WEEK they occur. You see, I could not find a planner or journal that was customizable to this degree. The best thing about my layout is that I can change it! Notice in the page on the right side (verse map), I ran out of space toward the middle of the page. On the next verse map page, I simply made bigger areas for notes. I am trying various methods and forms I found online until I get exactly what I want.
The Tough Part
It does take me a little longer to implement. However, I have learned that the creative side of the process helps me to get my mind off of the everyday stresses in my life. I tend to zone out when I am creating my pages and spreads. Monthly and weekly spreads come first and then I count off blank pages to fill with my sermon notes and Bible study pages.
I have been taking time at the end of the week to evaluate what works and what needs to be tweaked. Then I draw the pages for the upcoming week. I may change it every single week. Not sure. But I have been much more relaxed since I have had this creative outlet. Some weeks I have more time and doodle. Some weeks I use stickers. (Minions make me smile.)
What I Learned Through the Process of Creating My Bullet Journal
I was anxious to get started and got a little ahead of myself. I didn’t think through my first two months and didn’t like my weekly spread. But I had already finished two months worth of planner pages and could not change it. And that is why a monthly review is so important. I will take it slower. For example, I now wish I had included a note page each week specifically for my blog. I learned that a little guidance on drawing doodles and decorative elements and a tad more practice makes for a rewarding finished product.
I also learned that I will probably never use those trackers for exercise and water consumption!
Eventually, I want to do an instructional video using watercolor pencils in my journaling Bible. They are a lot of fun!
Have you thought of starting a bullet journal? Do you think you cannot draw or write well enough? Those who use a BUJO, do you think it matters how good you are? Please share your thoughts with me.