Why do you bullet journal? That looks like a waste of time! I would never do that! I don’t write nice, so I couldn’t! Looks like you have too much time on your hands.
The list goes on and on…..
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What is the beauty of bullet journaling? It’s a blank canvas! I have never found a planner that enables me to do what I can do in my bullet journal. Why? Because a bullet journal is a blank notebook filled with blankpages waiting to be made into whatever you want it to be!
It’s much more than a planner that includes your simple day to day appointments. Even going beyond daily and weekly layouts and tasks to completed, it can be exactly what you need because every time you turn the page you’re able to do what you need at that moment. Talk about total freedom!
Here are a few ways I take my bullet journal beyond task planning:
Now, I cannot take credit for this completely. Every day I would sit down at lunch and eye my coworker copying the cryptogram puzzle from the local newspaper on to scratch paper. After a few weeks, I just had to try, but I have a place to do it: my next free page.
If you are like me and carry your bullet journal everywhere you go, this is a game changer. Sitting to get your oil changed? Waiting for your friend to get to a restaurant? Need something to do before bed? Boom! Pull out your bullet journal and do a puzzle. It’s fantastic! And yes, I do happen to have about 20 unfinished puzzles currently because life gets crazy, but when I need them, they will be there.
Brush Lettering Practice
Brush lettering has become another new obsession of mine after joining the bullet journal community. I have found “my people”: those that love to write the alphabet over and over and who also have an over-abundance of pens. To master such a hefty task, you have to practice. Plain and simple.
Drills, alphabets, random words, flourishes, stylization, etc. A lot of my practice comes in my weekly spreads by lettering the days of the week or adding quotes to my extra space. My spreads used to have a lot more variation with fonts, but lately as I work to master brush lettering, I’ve tried to stick to the basics.
Have you seen the sermon notes done by @amandaarneill? They are magnificent and I am in total awe of her talents! I’m not able get church notes done during the servicesince I’m either busy entertaining our little ones, singing with the worship band, or playing with the bell choir, but I try to jot notes down during the service to spark my memory later that day when I have time to get them done.
It’s provided me with an opportunity to reflect on the message beyond simply hearing the words from the pulpit.
Bullet journaling is unique to each and every individual, which is the beauty of this system and the joy of turning to a new page. How does your bullet journal inspire you beyond using it as just a planner?
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