2018 has been a pivotal, transformative year for ya girl. I’m not about to get all reminiscent and sentimental on you (I’m saving that for next week!), but I do want to pay homage to the one guiding star of an incredibly action-packed year: my bullet journal.
I first came across the bullet journal concept last year, and by this time in 2017 I was a woman obsessed. Long-term readers of Daisybutter will already know that I’m a big fan of list-making and, of course, the written word, so it was almost a no-brainer to amalgamate by work diary, freelance diary and blogging diary together into one paper system that I could define for myself.
Twelve months later and I can confirm that I’m a FAN. I love my bullet journal. Couldn’t be without it. And I’ve even converted my sister, who has a journal of her own that you can read about in last week’s post. And here are all the reasons why…
It’s sparked my creativity
One of the most common misconceptions about bullet journalling is that you must be super artistic and great at lettering and illustrations. Well, I’m neither of those and have kept up with mine regardless! The best thing about creating a diary from scratch is that it is truly bespoke: no awkward ‘contact’ and address book pages that never see the light of day, just endless pages you’ll actually use.
As a business owner, I’ve had a great time conjuring up collections to track invoices, client deadlines, meeting notes, etc. It’s been so fun to be a little more creative and create inventive spreads for my journal. And as a blogger, I’ve enjoyed making up pages to note down my top performing posts (this helps me plan future posts, personally), track growth and brainstorm for the future.
I’m more focused on and motivated towards my goals
Although I don’t use any traditional habit trackers that you spy on bullet journal Instagram accounts, I do have a few trackers for things like the gym, spending, phone usage and book reading. Knowing that I have a page dedicated to each of these means that I’m far more focused on meeting my goals and am motivated to work towards them (so I can tick things off!).
I am SO organised
I bullet journal daily, but also get in a proper session on a Sunday night where I future plan and get all of my ducks in a row. Consolidating all of my diaries and notebooks into one place means I am the most organised I’ve ever been. No more missed meetings or deadlines, no double booking, and certainly no missed gym sessions.