I love making plans. And lists. And charts. I love taking all the thoughts in my head and giving them shape and order. But real life isn’t actually that easy to organize. It’s a wildly shifting mystery. You just can’t make every day the same.
Which is one reason I love bullet journaling. My life is seasonal, it’s a little bit wild..and most planners just don’t have enough space for my notes and plans, or if they have the space for notes, it’s not in the right spot, or it’s misapplied and then I have to cross out labels and and make everything messy. And I hate messiness. Bullet journals are self-designed though, and so I can make sure I’ve got a page or two for homeschooling every week, a page each month for herbalism, a page or two most months for garden-things, reading lists, blogging lists, Charlotte Mason habit-nurturing lists, and a whole 3 or 4 pages of Konmari lists that spark immeasurable joy.
The Bullet Journal system is pretty straightforward – what you decide to do with it is as unique as you are. I use it primarily to put my thoughts in order and bring a sense of intentionalism to my days. I have so many goals, and so many areas of my life that I want to bring more in line with my ideals, that a conventional planner really just can’t cover it all!
I like my journal to be relatively simple, but there are so many pretty, colorful journals out and about on Instagram that sometimes I’m tempted to do something flashy. But when the week or month is over, I can start over fresh again, and not be stuck with a journal that doesn’t match my mood for too long.
Do you Bullet journal? What make a planning system workable for you?