As nicely phrased by the creator of this system, Ryder Carroll:
The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.
It’s kind of like your second brain if you think about it. But there’s a lot of stigma around bullet journaling and I think it’s time to do some mythbusting.
1. it’s not a test of your artistic skills.
If you search up bullet journal on YouTube, all you’ll find are people doing monthly logs with the elegance and skill that I need but could never achieve because I am an impatient, uncreative and a rather lazy soul. I am in no way dissing these people, I just want it to be known that your BuJo doesn’t need to be like this.
Back in the days, this was the primary thing that put me off of ever trying it. Watching videos of people drawing complicated with stationery that probably costs more than me was quite intimidating, and slightly heartbreaking.
In short, Function > Form
2. you’re not being asked to paint the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling
Essentially, the system of bullet journaling is only a very small base for what you can truly create out of this. Use it wisely, and it becomes a staple in your daily routine where you can carpe the hell out of your diem.
People get scared of all the symbols and these “logs” but it’s pretty simple. Here’s a basic run through:
I recommend checking out the official website of Bullet Journal where they teach you the basics of starting your own Bullet Journal system and provide inspiration on making it work for you, the site was made by Carroll himself. But you don’t have to do it the way this guy does, he’s only setting the foundation for you.
Now that we’re done mythbusting, let me tell you my experiences on using my own Bullet Journal.