Today I’ll share why I’ve decided to take my Bullet Journal Back to the Basics, for the time being at least..
Towards the end of last year I began to feel slightly overwhelmed and these feelings have lasted into the beginning of 2019.
In truth journaling, and the social media aspect of my journaling was contributing to my feelings of being overwhelmed and I had started to feel insecure and nervous about something that had once been enjoyable for me.
I wrote about how I was feeling unsettled regarding my journal choices for 2019 at the end of January in my blog January (Journaling) Blues but it wasn’t until February, after revisiting the Bullet Journal Website and reading Ryder Carroll’s blog Back to the Basics that I finally had that “ah-ha” moment, as Oprah Winfrey calls it, that I had been so desperately in need of.
Finally I was able to admit my Bullet Journal no longer served its purpose. I had started Bullet Journaling after discovering it on Instagram but I had fallen in love with the system via the Bullet Journal Website and the examples of Bullet Journaling I’d seen there.
Basically, my story was exactly what Ryder Carroll described in his blog. I found I was putting a lot of pressure on myself and dedicating all of my time to create bullet journal spreads I hoped would get a lot of ‘likes’ but I wasn’t left with any time to complete any of the tasks I listed in my Monthly or Daily Logs.
This had to stop.
Why go “Back to the Basics”
After an hour or so of reading and re-reading I found myself feeling the same excitement and hopefulness I had felt just before I had started Bullet Journaling the first time. I already had an unopened dot grid journal in my desk and without thinking I opened it and started setting up my four core collections exactly as is suggested on the website.
That’s when I realised I’ve never actually used the Index and I’d never considered using the suggested layout for the Future Log because I’d never seen anyone on Instagram use that layout! (Another “ah-ha” moment). I created a Monthly Log with a Calendar and a Task Page (I had forgotten you could use the Calendar to record events after they’ve happened and so I filled my Calendar with such events) and then went about setting up my Daily Log.
Following that I wrote out a recipe in my new journal and added idea pages for a weekly routine and a daily routine (something I’ve been wanting to do for months but had been putting off because I couldn’t think of an artistic enough way to display the information).
All of this took me, I think, two hours (max). And after those two hours my thoughts were organised and I felt lighter.
I’ve found I’m much happier now that my Bullet Journal is again, serving it’s purpose.
I’m enjoying keeping my journal simple which allows me time to complete the tasks I note in my journal which are important to me. Also it’s alleviated the pressure I’d been putting on myself to keep a perfect artistic journal.
I’ll still add artisitc pages, if and when I feel like it, but for the time being keeping my journal very simple is best.
Again I’m grateful to Ryder Carol for creating this system and sharing it with us so we can all benefit from the Bullet Journaling process.
What style of Bullet Journal do you keep? I’d love to hear in the comments below!