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I love the freedom of a bullet journal.  I’ve said this many times, but I love turning the page and being faced with a blank spread.  Those beautiful, creamy, dotted pages are a symbol to me of the thrill of the truly endless possibilities.  Yes, I know it’s a bit melodramatic but my fellow stationary/office supply nerds will know exactly what I mean. 😉

However, after about 18 months of bullet journaling, and specifically, the way I like to bullet journal (as compared to the very minimalistic original Bullet Journal), there are a few things I’ve been thinking through.

First of all, what I love about the bullet journaling concept:

  • I love how adaptable it is
    I use the notebook up page by page, as I go. There is little to no wasted space.  As I’ve mentioned in past posts, I’ve bought so many planners in the past only to have so many of the pages go unused.  Such a waste of money.
  • I can choose every week how I’m going to use it for the week
    I can use it a little or a lot, depending on what I need it for.
  • Those blank pages spark my creativity
    I have drawn more in the last 18+ months than I had for many years previously.
  • It helps me face my perfectionism
    Learning how to make a mistake and let it go.  Or even being able to turn the page and starting all over.  And not feeling like I have to throw the whole thing in the trash.  Am I right?
  • Finally, I really love my Leuchtturm1917
    I love the color and the thickness of the pages and I love the A5 notebook size.

There is really only a couple of things that I wanted to change:

  • I don’t like that I take the time to create collections that I love and then have to recreate them when I migrate them over to a new journal
    I really enjoy making my collections pretty, but making them over and over again every 6 months or so gets old.  I want a system where I only have to create a collection one time.

I do realize that in the original system, collections are simple lists that are easy to migrate over.  However, my own collections are usually not simple which, I admit, is my own personal problem, but it’s part of what makes my journal, well, mine.  And recreating it for the third time becomes drudgery, not something creative.

  • Finally, and, yes, a fairly minor issue, but I miss having a pretty planner cover.  Or, at the very least, just being able to have things closed up and contained in some way.  If I dug out my old Franklin planner cover (compact size), I would still gaze at it with great fondness.  Simple, classy, and the illusion of being organized.  Ahh, those were the days.The Leuchtturm is sturdy, comes in pretty colors and I haven’t really had an issue with the pages getting messed up but it IS a book, not a planner. I wanted the best of both worlds.

In my next post, I’ll take you through my whole thought process and save you the all the time that it took me to figure it all out!!  You’re welcome.  😉

What are your favorite things about bullet journaling?  What would you want to change about the way you do it?