Bullet Journal made waves earlier this year when the trend was featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Vogue, and The Los Angeles Times. I started hearing the big buzz around New Year’s, a convenient time to capitalize people on the cliché of reorganizing the self.
Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer located in New York, is the mastermind behind the Bullet Journal or BuJo for short. Carroll says, “he sees this as an evolving, adaptable practice meant to be self curated as you determine what works best for you.”
His product’s philosophy is to serve as a blank canvas, and though that might seem generous, it gets to be counterproductive when someone spends most of the time setting up the journal instead of actually filling it out.
Bullet Journal’s primary purpose is to be a creative outlet that allows people to customize their own planner. Sleep logs, meal preps, mood trackers, weekly and monthly calendars are all different options a person can choose to include in their journal.
One Pinterest search of “bullet journal” will spin a head out of control. Once the overall aesthetic a person wants is deciphered, there’s the pressure to make it immaculate and share-worthy.
Not only that but because there’s no limit, a person never knows when to stop setting up, and start utilizing it for the actual purpose.
If someone goes head first into the idea like I did, they’ll end up buying pens, markers, and the journal and spending upwards of $100. Not to mention the buckets of time wasted.
When I realized the process was too much of an upkeep I ended up abandoning it and reverted to a more traditional planner that kept my mind and boundaries in check.
The LifePlanner by Erin Condren is a personal favorite of mine, I’ve had it for over a year now. It can be personalized in a number of ways, from layout even to design.
There’s different books for different uses too! The designer has designated “PetitePlanners” ones for configuring your budget, meal prep, and even a wellness log. The meal prep planner has helped me in ways I can’t even describe, from spending all the way to nutrition facts.
But I must add, the most important aspects I’ve realized about planning, and getting organized is that it’s not about the journal, it’s about being committed to its purpose and use.