Getting fed up and thinking to quit bullet journaling? Don’t quit just yet! I have solutions for you
REASONS PEOPLE QUIT BULLET JOURNAL
Over the years, lots of people quit bullet journalling
Even the minimalist bujo sometimes lost its meaning
In this post, I’m going to share the main reason for people quit bullet journaling and what is the solutions for that
Spend too much time decorating the bujo
Dont get intimidated by the artsy bujo
That’s the main thing I advise myself when I begin my bullet journaling journey
When I get confused, I went back to the Ryder Caroll method, the creator of bullet journal
Bullet journal setup if done right only require like 10 minutes top
But the issue was, that the most glamorized bullet journal setup is the pretty one and it did consume a bit of time if you want to make it pretty
Content first, the rest of it on weekend
Focus on content
Why did you start the bullet journal in the first place?
To get organized with works
To create one place for everything
Whatever the reason is, most probably it is related to the content, not the aesthetic part of the bujo
Especially if you are just about to begin the journaling journey, something new to you. Just focus on the key component of bullet journaling
Once you get the hang of it, then you can experiment with your bullet journal setup
But, I want my bujo looking pretty
If you can’t stand the bare-looking bujo, and still want to decorate it but dont want to spend much time on it, well.. You might need some accessories
Bullet journal accessories
Calendar washi tapes
One of the time-consuming parts of bujo is the creation of the mini calendar.
It’s tedious, I know
To save up your time?
Use washi tape and just stick it to the journal
No headache, no error, no problem
Bullet journal calendar stamps
Works similarly to the washi tape, but this one is using the stamp
The end result has the sleek, minimalist aesthetic
If you want more personalized-looking stamps, the next one is for you.
This multipurpose alphabet stamp can be used for anything; bullet journal, diary, postcard, scrapbook.. Well everything
Deviates far away from the original Ryder Caroll super simple method
The original bullet journal method is to simplify and organize
When it starts to become a hassle just know that it deviates way too far from what it should be
Stick to the original method until you get the hang of it.
Get as basic as possible.
You just need:
And that’s it.
Modify according to your personal preferences
But just stick to the core part of bujo because that’s what matters and it won’t take much up your time
Sometimes simplicity is the key
Obsessed with the trackers and calendar
You. dont. Have. to. Track. Everything.
Let that sink in
Yes, sometimes we are getting excited with the new notebook to journal, with the new you who journal..and things are getting out of hand
The tracker should be assisting your growth
And not the one that prevents it
Track things that matter
Combine the habit tracker with the daily log
Follow Ryder Caroll and just use the daily log along with the habit tracker on the right side
It will help you to save pages and track your habit at the same time
And focus only on tracking habit that matters
Combine the google calendar with the bullet journal
Sometimes you have too many events and meetings and it will take much time to write them down in the bujo.
And it saves you so much time by syncing the event with the google calendar.
So just use a combination of both.
Track the office/work-related event in gcal, and just use the bujo for personal events.
There’s too much work I can’t check two things at once
You can use gcal for events and bujo for the daily entry. Because you can write the entry in more detail
Sticker as saviour
Just use a sticker, my friend
There are a lot of designs to choose and you dont have to break your head to create the habit page in the bujo
Its a win for me
Being too perfectionist about it
This is not a digital world, where you can simply edit, and delete whatever flaws you did
And its easier to see the mistake that we did
There are 2 solutions for this
Use white correcter
And number 2, which I highly suggest is to just.. Embrace the flaws
It will not be as pretty
But the rawness of the bujo is what defines us as a person
Keep it simple and imperfect
As the creator, Ryder Caroll mentioned beautifully
You have to make the mistake and make a choice that it doesn’t matter and do it again and again
And what is cool about it is that it leaves a visual trail of your thinkingRyder Caroll
And it helps make bullet journals really honest
Treat it as an extensive to-do list
“The heart of bullet journaling is not only on what we are working on but why we are working on it
It really starts with writing down what was happening in your head
Then divide those into things you have to do, dont want to forget, experience
Task, event, notes..”Ryder Caroll
And, hear this out..it is not planning the things ahead
You write it, in REAL time, like right now
To put it simply, the daily log is the thing you log as it’s happening.
Not something you plan for the future
And it’s definitely not for your extensive to-do list
Listen to Ryder Caroll’s explanation of what bullet journaling actually is and focus on 3 things at a time
When you go through Pinterest and come across the pretty artsy bujo you can’t help but compare yours to them
And when you try to copy it, it can get overwhelming
Like, really overwhelming
Bullet journals are supposed to be basic
So keep it basic
If you want to make it fancy, maybe can just do it over the weekend.
And assure yourself that the setup is supposed to be simple.
And not to overcomplicate it
You got no one to be impressed
If you are okay doing the extra things for your bullet journal, then do
If not, just stick to basic
My last advice,
Dont stop until you try the original Ryder Caroll’s methods
There you go, the main reasons why people quit bullet journals.
Try to shift your ways of journaling and you might find yourself actually enjoying it.