Several of you have asked for more bullet journal info. I am sort of a bullet journaling newbie, but also sort of not, because the way I used my Hobonichi books for years was similar.
To me, here are the differences between using a bullet journal and traditional planner:
1- There is more flexibility. You can add in any kind of list, tracker, or page (could even be a quote or more memory-focused page) you see fit. This is harder to do in a bound or coiled dated planner. Ring- or disc-bound systems DO allow for this flexibility though.
2- It’s harder to use for straight calendar management, and you don’t have to! Some people do, drawing out elaborate (and neat!) monthly & weekly layouts. I would . . . rather not. So some people (like me!) prefer a 2-book system, where one houses the calendar landscape and another is for goals, tracking, memories, and essentially a daily sidekick.
3- There is lots of room to personalize. Though honestly that is true of planner spreads too! But while planner lovers tend to gravitate toward stickers and spreads that look similar from week to week — because there is an underlying structure to answer to — you can basically do anything in a #bujo.
Your layouts can look completely different from one day or week to the next. You can design it based on your mood, what you have going on (level of busyness), or just play around because you got a fun new set of pens in the mail.
4- You do not have to be a natural artist to enjoy bullet journaling. Promise. I am not. You will find your style over time. Some people are incredibly minimal (just black pen & tiny lettering) and other people make absolutely breathtaking art. Start perusing instagram and you’ll find many fancy gorgeous bullet journals, but I tend to get as much inspiration out of the very bare bones ones.
5- Bullet journaling lends itself well to pandemic life. It is no accident that it took me until 2020 to embrace the #bujo. It has been a lovely distraction to create pages with trackers and lists to focus on what I can control in these unpredictable times.
Layouts currently living in my bullet journal:
Summer Reading List (just finished Big Summer and loved it)
Graph of COVID-19 cases in FL and our county
July goals & habits page
Someday Maybe page (the only thing on this list right now is a hand lettering class! Lol.)
List of podcast ideas
Weekly pages (containing to do lists, upcoming events — admittedly very few!, and focus for the week)
Daily pages. Sometimes I do one page per day, other times two. I love this flexibility.
My favorite tools: Archer & Olive bullet journal, Mildliner highlighters, Papermate Flair pens (new obsession esp the Fine point), MT washi tape. ALSO I just discovered this store: Nikki’s Supply Store. Also lots and lots to see at Kawaii Pen Shop & tried and true favorite JetPens.
PS: As noted above, I really did have a terrifying apocalyptic dream last night. Which is (I suppose) a good reminder that things are not so bad. (Yet anyway.)