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Why I Switched to a Bullet Journal

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Are you on the bullet journal bandwagon? Learn why I switched to a bullet journal last year (from Happy Planner) and why I’ll never look back!

Why I switched to bullet journal
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I was firmly planted on The Happy Planner by Mambi bandwagon for 2 full years. Each new release had me going to store and spending stupid amounts of money on new planners (that I didn’t need), stickers (that I haven’t used) and any other Happy Planner insert I could get my grubby little hands on. It quickly spiraled out of control and I knew I needed to reel myself back in. The Happy Planner was great and it was so fun to customize my weekly spread with stickers and washi tape, but it wasn’t practical for what I needed. I needed a planner that I could actually follow, and a place where I could do “brain dumps” and not lose all of those papers I just brain dumped onto.

Why I switched to bullet journal

That’s when I started researching a bullet journal. I followed several bujo accounts on Instagram, so I was familiar with them. The idea had been a hot topic on Pinterest already for several years, but it wasn’t something that was regularly on my radar. I decided to try it out for a few months just to see how I liked it last year and after the first 2 weeks I was hooked. I don’t think I will ever go back to a traditional planner!

Why I switched to a bullet journal

Easy to customize

Maybe this is a no brainer, but a bullet journal is SO easy to customize. I mean that is actually the whole point. This is a journal AND a planner that YOU design for YOUR needs. Sure there are basic templates to start out with, but once you get going, you’ll learn quickly what works for you (and what doesn’t). As a newbie I kept my layouts very simple and straightforward. I find that I personally respond well to a bulleted daily to-do list, but you may actually love having a weekly to-do list. Since my schedule is the same each week, give or take appointments, I can set up an entire month at a time and not be too concerned about last minute changes.

Portability

Carrying my bullet journal around is incredibly easy and takes up much less space than my Happy Planner(s) did. I use a Lemome Dot Grid Journal and when traveling I’ll carry this pack of Stabilo fine point mini pens around. My journal, these pens and a ruler are all I really need for traveling with my bullet journal.

Why I switched to bullet journal

Creative Outlet

As I’ve gotten more experienced and comfortable with my bullet journal, I’ve started creating more artsy layouts. If you peruse Pinterest for bullet journal spreads, you will be amazed at some of the creativity! It’s easy to get overwhelmed or discouraged when looking at all of those beautiful spreads. Remember though, this is for YOU, no one else. So make setting up your bullet journal a weekly treat and creative outlet that you look forward too. Don’t stress yourself out about it.

Less Expensive

Sure, a dot grid journal with thick paper that doesn’t “ghost” may be expensive, but it really doesn’t have to be. I spent $5 on my first journal to make sure that I was actually going to use it and like it. I grabbed a cheap dot grid hardcover notebook at Michael’s and got started. For 2019 I did spend a little bit more on this journal, but even that wasn’t a splurge! When you compare all of the planners, planner stickers, planner layouts, gridded note paper, happy planner punch and everything else I bought (because I just HAD to have it), I have spent way more on the Happy Planner obsession than I will on 5 years worth of journals.

Why I switched to bullet journal

These are just my reasons on why I switched to a bullet journal from The Happy Planner. I’d love to hear some of the reasons why you love using a bullet journal and the ways you lay it out!

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