The Benefits of Bullet Journaling + My Recent Bullet Journal Pages
What’s all the hype about? Bullet journaling has become super popular the last few years and personally, I have always been pretty interested in it. The one thing that stopped me was how complicated and extra some spreads can be. I always thought that you were supposed to be doing it a certain way and that there was some type of rule book that I couldn’t follow properly. I would look at inspo pictures on Instagram or Pinterest and be like “WTF!”. But really, the truth is, there’s no specific way to bullet journal.
If you want to be super extra and make it look absolutely incredible, aesthetically pleasing etc. you totally can! I have always wanted to be extra AF and make my bullet journal a piece of art, but sometimes you’re lazy or don’t have time to! Which is totally okay. If you’re like me and want it to be somewhat minimalistic, simple, aesthetically pleasing while adding in some easy-to-do drawings, go for it! In this blog post I will be sharing some pictures of my current pages in my bullet journal, and the writing utensils I use while bullet journaling.
So for those who don’t know, I’ll just give a brief description of what bullet journaling is. Basically, it’s a journal you use to keep track of things. Lists, calendars, photos etc. Typically, people use the “proper” method for bullet journaling and use a key (but I don’t really). Here is a Youtube video if you’re wanting more of an in-depth description of one way to do your bullet journal! Now, usually I skip through all the “key” stuff, and just make a list in the beginning of my journal with all the pages numbered. I linked an example of how to do a key above if you’re interested. But below is an image of how I do my bullet journal “index”.
The journal I use as my bullet journal is from Michael’s Craftstore (In Canada) and here is the link if you’re wanting to purchase it. It comes in a variety of colours and I chose the light pink one. A lot of people find using a dotted journal like mine is helpful for spacing things out and aligning everything perfectly. Another brand that is available in other countries and Canada is the Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Journal, linked here.
Along with my pink bullet journal, I use coloured felt pens called Zebra Mildliner’s and I use the black Muji Ballpoint Fine-Tip pens in size 0.5mm to write, as well as a Papermate Flair Medium Black Marker. These are all of my favourite types of markers and pens that don’t bleed as well as don’t stain. They’re great and used by a lot of people in the bullet journal group.
In my bullet journal, I like to add lots of lists of things because I’m a huge list person LOL. I also have pages that are collections of things, like quotes, poems, songs etc. Ideas for some lists and collections can be:
- Things That Make Me Happy
- Movies To Watch
- Things I Can Control
- Daily Affirmations
- Things To Do For Self Care
- My Favourite Quotes
- Productive Things That Aren’t Studying
And then I also have pages that include trackers. Habit trackers can be useful to track how you do each day on certain tasks you want to be doing, like drinking water or exercising. They can also tell you what you need to work on more, and the things you should be improving on. I use my habit trackers mostly to track my physical health and mental health. Here are some examples of trackers you can input into your bullet journal:
- Daily Mood Tracker
- Daily Anxiety Tracker
- Daily Gratitude
- Habit Trackers (eg. make bed, drink water, exercise, stretch, health eating, date night)
- Period Tracker
- Sewing Tracker
- Weight-Loss Stats & Body Measurements
- Meditation Tracker
So, then for monthly spreads, I usually do a page with the calendar for the month and write down everything I have to do. I already started my June calendar so far for next month. I do one every month and I usually don’t do daily spreads because I just have a to-do list on my Iphone’s notes app that I use for every day and I feel like if I did a daily spread, it would take up so much space in the journal. I may start one in the future though, because it is nice to have things in one place. I normally use a ruler to make sure my calendar’s lines are perfect but this time I didn’t, as you can probably tell LOL.
For each month, i’ll do a simple monthly calendar, a monthly gratitude tracker, a monthly anxiety tracker, and a monthly habit tracker. So I do all my trackers every day, use my monthly calendar to see upcoming events, and I’ll express my gratitude every single day, which helps me be positive! The total pages for each month is around 4-5 pages depending if I add little drawings or quotes in between things. I usually do the pages I need to do for each month and then i’ll add in quotes, drawings, and extra pages and lists, like Self Care lists or My Favourite Quotes.
Okay, so we know how to do basics of bullet journaling, but why? Why bullet journal and what are the benefits of it? I’ve always been the type of person to need to organize everything, or have everything planned out perfectly. Other than obviously keeping you very organized, bullet journaling helps your mental health tremendously.
Ever since around 2014/2015, I have struggled with bad mental health. My depression and anxiety affected me and still affects me greatly to this day, pretty badly. Tons of people are in that same boat with me. Having bad mental health is draining, feels hopeless and can interfere with daily activities that are “normal” for some people. When I started bullet journaling about 2 years or so ago, it helped me feel in control of my mental health and helped me track how I felt every single day. After I stopped bullet journaling for whatever reason, things spun a bit out of control and my mental health wasn’t very good, even if I pretended like it was. So in February I began journaling once again and it has helped me SO much.
Being able to track habits, self care techniques, your gratitude (which helps you be more positive, improving your mental health), and organize your daily activities, makes you feel better about what you’re doing everyday and allows you to be able to improve on what you’re doing. One of the best things is having a good mindset about your life and expressing what you’re grateful for in your life every single day. I’ve found making pages that focus on self-care techniques, ways I can calm myself down, tracking how my anxiety is every day, and having a page to just write down about the worries i’m having, takes a big weight off my shoulders. Getting it down on paper instead of having it all just in your head can help you a lot. You can even make a page tracking your medications.
It’s really good to be back and writing again on the blog. It’s been a veryyy long time. Thank you for reading and leave a comment, like and follow if you liked this post! I have my social media on my main blog page or up at the top of this post, so go give it a look! 🙂 And remember, whether you want to make a bullet journal to keep organized, draw, track habits, improve mental health, track mental health etc, it all counts. You can be creative and do whatever you want and whatever helps you. Pinterest has tons of bullet journaling ideas, and maybe if you guys have any page or spread suggestions that YOU have in your bullet journal, comment them and share with others! I know I love finding new ideas that I can create pages of.