5 Smart Tips To Using A Bullet Journal
5 Awesome Tips To Make Using A Bullet Journal A Daily Habit

Bullet journaling is an amazing hobby to have. Not only does it give you creative freedom over your planner but it can be whatever you want it to be.

As with any hobby though it can be a bit time consuming and can make you feel overwhelmed. I have some big tips that will help you stop the bullet journal overwhelm and help you to keep using your bullet journal.

Bullet Journals Are Time Consuming

Bullet journals are extremely time consuming. As a hobby they can be relaxing but when life gets busy they can seem like a burden.

Here’s the thing, be it a bullet journal or a regular planner it takes time to use them and stay on top of them. However, a bullet journal doesn’t need to take any more time than a planner but can provide you with far more benefits.

Creativity Takes Time

Being creative with spreads, lettering, doodles, and quote pages takes time too. So when you are running short on time your creativity may have to take a backseat.

This is ok. It’s ok to take some time off from being creative just try hard not to take too much time off from it.

Woman writing in bullet journal in a cafe

Being creative is an outlet, stress reliever, and helps clear your brain so you can be extremely productive.

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Ways To Keep Using Your Bullet Journal

After taking a break from my own bullet journal I have found a few ways to make it easier and less time consuming. So the next time life gets super busy and you find you lack the time to invest into your journal, follow these four tips.

Go Minimalist In Design

Keep the design minimalist in your monthly, weekly, or daily spreads. Consider using a plain minimalist look for your collections or any additional spreads as well.

It takes far less time to create a minimal spread than it does an intricate design. This will help you to save time on the actual creation of your spreads so you can get to using your journal more.

If creating straight lines takes awhile for you consider not using lines at all and instead creating your spreads to eyeball it.

There are some tools that make these things easier. A ruler and protractor set are small enough to travel and make lines and circles go much faster.

Also consider grabbing stencils and sticking with minimalist doodles only when needed.

These couple of things will help you save loads of time while you set up your bullet journal. It will keep you from feeling stressed about the journal that is supposed to keep your stress free.

Only Create What You Need

Only create what you need. This means if you don’t need a gratitude spread, mood tracker, meal planner, habit tracker, and a lot of collections don’t use them.

By only creating what is useful to you, you end up saving loads of time that you may have spent creating spreads you just don’t need. So take a good look at what you actually need to use.

If you need all the trackers, planners, and collections, consider adding them to your normal weekly or daily spreads. This removes the need to create several individual spreads that you just won’t use.

Switch To A Daily Layout

When life gets super hectic for me I switch to using a simple daily layout that gets created day by day.

It could take me an hour or more to create my full monthly setup in my bullet journal. By removing the need for a weekly spread and only having a monthly setup I can track my plans for the month, set my goals, projects, and other plans.

This leaves me free to create daily layouts either the night before or in the morning to plan out my day. On days when I have a bit of free time I might go a bit more extravagant with my design, otherwise I keep it to a minimal look.

Finally, on my daily setups I record the habits I want to track, my mood, and things I’m grateful for. This keeps me on track with my trackers while avoiding the need for several different spreads.

Make It A Habit

Whatever you do in the design elements of your bullet journal half the battle of being consistent is in creating the habit of using it every single day.

There are two ways that you can easily turn using your bullet journal into a hard to break habit.

Woman writing in bullet journal in a cafe

The first way is to switch it out with another already in place habit. If you check social media after each completed task normally, instead check your bullet journal. You can mark of a task fill in some notes and then switch to your next task.

The second way is to just make a schedule. Every morning and every night get into the habit of going into your bullet journal. Set a reminder on your phone so you remember to go into it.

Don’t Be To Strict On It

The final way you can stay on track with bullet journal use is to not be so strict on yourself. Your bullet journal is for you. This means you don’t need to be super strict on it.

It doesn’t need to be perfect in every way if it gets the job done. Those beautiful bullet journals you see on Instagram, Pinterest, and sometimes here on this blog? They all took loads of time to set up.

If you are short on time or don’t have the energy to create beautiful spreads then just don’t do it. No one ever has to see what you’ve done in your bullet journal if you don’t want them to.

This is why there are a lot of times that I share spreads that got messed up or spreads that aren’t perfect. I don’t have loads of time to commit to it so I just accept the spread the way it is and use it, because it’s useful to me.

Keep Using Your Bullet Journal

Your bullet journal is meant to be a life planner for you. You track everything, write everything, and plan everything. It’s main purpose is to keep you on track.

If you feel overwhelmed by the process simplify it, stick to only what you use, switch it up if need be, make it a habit, and don’t be too hard on yourself. Your bullet journal is meant to help you not stress you out.

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your bullet journal? Let me know your experience in the comments below. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and pin this to your favorite bullet journal boards.

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