Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a freebie. I decided to stay somewhat bookish and list my reasons for bullet journaling. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a notebooking system developed by Ryder Carroll that allows you to see track of your life (video). I use mine as a planner as well as a book journal. Pretty much anything I want to write down and track. I know a lot of us use journals to jot down reading notes, TBR lists, etc, so I thought this topic was perfect for a bookish meme. So without further ado, here are my “Nine Reasons Why I Love Bullet Journaling.”
1.) Help Me to Remember
I began notebooking 13 years ago when I worked for Cadillac. I used pocket Mead notebooks to write down vehicle and customer information. As I began using them, I started adding to my notes and include grocery lists, budgets, and a food diary. The more I added, the more I realized how valuable my notes were to me, and decided to switch to a pocket Moleskine for more durability. I eventually upgraded to a larger Moleskine size once I became a teacher, and began blogging.
2.) Great for Meditation
Writing down your thoughts is a great way to select on your day. Something about spending a few minutes to write down your thoughts is very soothing. Really helps during stressful days, especially on days when you don’t have time to engage in any of your favorite hobbies.
3.) Love to Decorate Them
I don’t just use my notebooks as a brain dump, but also to sketch and doodle in. I’ve tried using a traditional planner, but have found them to be too constraining. That’s why I’ve moved towards Bullet Journaling. It’s a more organized approach to the notebooking I’ve been doing for so long. However, my love for “pretty planning” hasn’t gone away, so I still like to decorate my Bujo.
4.) They Make Nice Souvenirs
I have a file cabinet in my bedroom that I use to store my Bujos (among other things). It may make me seem like a Pack Rat, but I do actually look through them from time to time. Especially when I don’t migrate over information, or need to look something up from a particular year.
5.) Better Than a Traditional Diary
I like them better than a traditional diary, because my Bujo isn’t just a look at my thoughts at a particular time, but my activities. I also like to glue things in there to make them a bit scrapbookish.
6.) Great Creative Outlet
Since I keep my Bujos, I like to use them for art as well. Sometimes I stamp in them, and other times I draw. Since I usually have it on me at all times, I don’t have to go fat to find paper to doodle with. That’s probably why I’m participating in an Instagram doodling challenge.
7.) Easy to Carry Around
Whether you use a notebook, planner, or traveler’s notebook you can bujo. You just need paper and a pen. It can be basic, or artsy. Doesn’t matter, it’s up to you. What I like is that I can use either a Moleskine or TN, because I find them easier to carry around than a traditional planner, or my Erin Condren Life Planner. I’ve recently switched to a TN a month ago, and I love it!
8. They’re Customizable!
What I love the most about using a bujo is how customizable they are. I found regular planner inserts to be too confining. Since a bullet journal is handwritten, I decide how much space to use, what I want to record, and how I want to record it. I also can have collections of stuff in one place organized by months.
9.) Traveler’s Notebooks
I returned to journaling by leaving my ECLP for my old friend Moleskine. However, as I really got into it and began building collections, I dreaded migrating them once my notebook was filled up. Enter the Traveler’s Notebook. It’s a leather cover that holds smaller individual notebooks inside. Now I can sort my writing into groups. I have a traditional calendar for long-term planning, a notebook for my weeklies, and another for my collections. That way I won’t have to migrate my collections over as often as I use up notebooks for my weekly spreads. I even have a reading journal to jot down notes, quote, etc.