I love my bullet journal and have been using one for several years now. It is the ultimate way to pIan and organise for me. I think there are many benefits of bullet journaling over regular planner (although I do love a good planner too)
Bullet journals have so many uses. They provide a simple way to track all of your ideas, feelings, tasks and appointments. You can use them to create habits and plan goals for your life, whether for today, next week, or 10 years from now. You can use them to remember all the fun things you’ve done and to log all you want to do. Here are some of the different benefits of bullet journaling.
1 It helps you stay organised
Bullet journaling is a fantastic way to help you become a more organised person. Perhaps you remember work commitments and your kids dentist appointments, but you struggle to keep to a fitness routine. Or spend each evening frantically trying to come up with an idea for dinner.
The bullet journal can help with these tasks and much more. It provides you with one place to write down everything that is important to you. You don’t have to worry about finding that scrap of paper with your to-do list, or your post it note with that phone number you need.
Everything is kept in one, easy to find place. This also means you are more likely to write down your thoughts or tasks instead of trying to keep them all in your head.
2 You will become more productive
It is always a good idea to have a system in place to manage your time so you don’t waste it on meaningless things.
Spend a little time each evening or first thing in the morning prioritising what you need to get done that day. Allocate time slots for each task and enjoy crossing each one off as you complete it.
Bullet journals are great if you have some days that are much busier than others. You can use exactly as much or as little space as you need.
3 A bullet journal can replace your traditional planner
Although I love traditional planners there are often some limitations with the store-bought varieties. They aren’t usually very customisable and you are forced to use whatever calendar layouts and note pages are provided to you.
This limits you to how much you can include on each page and what sections there are. With a bullet journal, you can include absolutely anything and everything that you find important.
Also, unlike with traditional planners, if you miss a day, or a week you just carry on when you start up again. You don’t have to worry about the guilt of empty pages in your planner.
4 It can help reduce stress and anxiety
If you struggle with stress and anxiety on a regular basis, the bullet journal can help with that. You can use it to record your moods and behaviour changes as and when they happen. This can help you to determine triggers for your anxiety and panic attacks.
Also, since you aren’t forgetting appointments or tasks and are becoming more focused on a daily basis, you will likely find your stress levels reducing.
5 It can help you to focus on your goals
Bullet journals can give you a better picture of what your personal goals are and what you need to do to reach those goals. You can include targets, dreams, and bucket lists, both for today and the future. This, when looking back on it, really gives you a good idea of what you want out of life and what tasks you need to do in order to achieve them.
Writing down your goals and ticking them off as you accomplish each step is great motivation.
6 You can track all your regular habits
Habit trackers are a popular feature of bullet journals. By entering detailed information in your bullet journal about your daily life, you will be able to track your regular habits.
For example, if you have a diet and exercise section,you will be able to see what you are eating on a regular basis, how often you eat out, and what areas of your fitness routine need work. You can also track your moods, sleep patterns, water intake or track your daily expenses to see where you might be able to cut back.
I used a habit tracker to track my steps and water intake in my post 15 ways to get more steps each day. I also use my bullet journal to help me with my diet and fitness regime. My Bullet journal weight loss set up.
7 You won’t miss important dates
Another common spread found in bullet journals is a Birthday Tracker. You could add ideas for gifts and surprises and no longer have to worry about forgetting.
I also like to add any fun activities I have planned. It’s always good to have something to look forward to. And it’s nice to look back at the end of the year and remember what movies I’ve seen and where I’ve eaten out.
8 It can help clear your head
Is your head constantly buzzing with ideas and things you want or need to do? A bullet journal is fantastic at helping you clear your head.
Once a week or once a month, create a brain dump spread. This is a great way to get all your ideas out of your head onto paper. You will feel so much lighter afterwards. All those nagging thoughts are written down for you to come back to when the time is right. And you don’t have to worry about remembering them all.
Hopefully these 8 benefits of bullet journaling have encouraged you to give it a try. All you really need to start are a pen and a notebook.