Becoming Dr. Ashlei · Lifestyle

Why I Ditched My Planner for a Bullet Journal

I was the girl in elementary school who couldn’t be seen without her planner, or “agenda book” as I used to call it.  I wrote everything down inside of it including my class schedule, extracurricular activities, homework and to-do lists, and anything else in between.

Throughout middle school, high school, college, and graduate school, I maintained my use of a planner each year.  It got to a certain point where if I didn’t write it down in my planner, it didn’t happen!  I even looked forward to August every year, because it meant that I got to carefully pick out my new “assistant” for the year!  (Seriously, planner shopping was my favorite thing ever.)  I relied on it heavily to organize the chaos and complexity of my life’s demands, and it simply worked for me.

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And then….. I stumbled upon the “bullet journal”.

I Googled “bullet journaling”, looked it up on YouTube, and even perused the bullet journal hashtags on social media platforms.  My mind was blown.

Initially, it was somewhat overwhelming to consider trying.  But I decided to give it a go being that I wasn’t in school at the time and didn’t have much to lose, organization-wise.  And I haven;t looked back ever since!

I am currently on my second bullet journal and I have no intentions of returning (solely) to planner life anytime soon.

What’s so great about bullet journaling that I would want to ditch my beloved planner altogether?  Some specific reasons why I prefer bullet journaling over planners include…

I can personalize my bullet journal to include exactly what I want.

Planners pre-design layouts for you, and typically include the same layout throughout the book.  I recall getting “tired” of looking at the same layout everyday and craving something different, but I never wanted to purchase a new planner in the middle of the year and essentially be “wasting” half of it.

A bullet journal offers a solution to this problem: I can customize my layouts to be whatever I want them to be.  If I want to have the same layout throughout the entire book, I can do that.  If I want a different layout every single week, I can do that too.

Planners are typically limited to calendars and weekly layouts, while in my bullet journal I can insert anything I want to from my hair and skincare regimen, tracking my medical/health appointments, to tracking my meal planning and finances.  I view a traditional planner as like a “one size fits all” underwear that is supposed to accommodate everyone…. Whereas the bullet journal is like a tailored, custom underwear that is super comfy and feels like it was made just for you. (LOL!)

I’m not attached to or stuck with the same planner for an entire year.

I get bored with things easily and I love to switch it up.  Everyday life can be monotonous but your organizing tool doesn’t have to be!

There are multiple online communities that join “Bujo-ers” together.

I’m a member of a number of Facebook groups and I follow a number of Pinterest boards, YouTube channels, and Instagram pages for constant #Bujo inspiration and ideas.  We laugh and joke about the addictive, yet calming nature of owning and operating a bullet journal.  Some people even participate in meet-ups, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.

There are also planning groups, FYI.

Bullet Journaling results in an awesome, personal keepsake.

I almost always threw my planners away after filling them out.  What is the purpose of keeping a compilation of old schedules and to-do lists?  Bullet journaling is so much more than that.

Throughout my bullet journal, I include “memories” pages where I print pictures and insert into my journal them along with any other keepsakes like movie tickets, wristbands, receipts, etc.  I also have quote pages for inspiration, and even track things that would be cool to look back on like the books I’ve read.

It’s therapeutic, soothing, and relaxing to have a creative outlet that also happens to help me organize my life.

It’s fun to put together something in the exact way that I want it, and be able to utilize it in a functional way that eases the chaos and stress of my life!  It’s also a creative outlet that isn’t subject to anyone else’s opinion — It’s for you and you only to look at.  Bullet journaling is definitely a process and a product.

inspirational quotes written on a planner

So…  Have I convinced you to give #BulletJournaling a try, or at least do some research of your own?  Let me know in the comments!

Be well.♥

–Ashlei

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