Bullet Journals: Waste of Time or Organization Life Saver?

On my quest for the latest and greatest organization tools, I’ve come across the concept of the Bullet Journal. To some of you, maybe super late. If you don’t know, a Bullet Journal is when you use a physical journal to document your organizational needs. It often will consist of lists, ideas, notes/dates that should be remembered or they can be completely specific to one idea like a travel journal. You might also document the books you want to read or the movies you want to watch. It can be as serious or as light-hearted as you desire. You use the first page as an index and that way you don’t have to worry if things get a bit out of order. Another key component is the use of certain bullet points for lists, each indicating a different meaning which can be found in a key you create at the beginning of the journal. While they can be for the very simplistically inclined, the majority of bloggers showcase their artistic abilities by using fine point pens, calligraphy markers, washi tape and even water-color paint.

I’ll be completely honest with you, in terms of a hobby, I thought they were great. But when it comes to a means of organization I thought, “What a huge waste of resources!” The time and detail that goes into making each page just seemed a bit exorbitant to me, but I didn’t just throw my hands up at first glance. I decided to dig a little further and went in search of comments from other bloggers who use the so-called “bujo” to organize their lives. Here is what I found!

Shelby, author of Little Coffee Fox, struggled for years to stay organized using planners. She said about Bullet Journals, “For the first time in my whole life, I felt like I was able to plan and organize.” She even goes so far as to refer to the concept as “ground-breaking.”

Kalyn, author of KalynBrooke.com said, “I’m way more organized and productive than I’ve ever been before. The journal works exactly as I need it to, which means I don’t have to waste time filling out printables and planner boxes that don’t work.”

Both of these ladies have blogs that focus on organization and time-management, so it means a lot to me that they think so highly of the Bullet Journal system. As for me? I’m willing to give it a try. After I’ve been at it for a while, I will touch base and let everyone know if it truly is the end all, be all of organization systems!