I’ve just announced I’m running a couple more Get Started with Bullet Journaling classes online at the end of the month. I’m ready to teach some new eager students how they can start their own Bullet Journal and go on their own unique journeys to more creativity and productivity. But even though I’m not technically the student I’ve learned a lot from running these classes about all the issues and blocks people experience when starting a journal as well as having my mind opened and getting even more ideas of how people can use a Bullet Journal and planner to support their diverse lives! It’s been an amazing journey so I wanted to write this post to celebrate that and share some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from teaching Bullet Journaling classes online.
1. There’s a Tendency to Overcomplicate Bullet Journaling
What is it about us that makes us love to overcomplicate things?! Bullet Journaling isn’t as complicated as all those intricate spreads you see on Instagram and Pinterest would have you believe. Yes you have the option to develop and design complicated layouts that will track little minute details but it’s really not necessary. People often get dazzled with the pretty complex spreads and don’t see the simple every day organisational power that can really help us to harness our productivity.
2. Putting Pen to Paper Is Often the Hardest Part
A lot of my students really struggle with this and this is where the workshop format really works well to support them. In my workshops I encourage everyone to share some of the things that are holding them back and often the things they share are the same. It definitely helps to hear that others are experiencing the same thing and what’s really powerful is when they share how they got over the fear of pen to paper. I’m happy to say that my students have all put pen to paper now and have made amazing progress.
3. You’ll Learn Best by Doing It and Having a Go
Rather than approach it as something that you can just do perfectly straight away look at it as a new hobby with skills that you’re going to develop and perfect in your own unique style. You’re going to go on a journey to figure out what it is that’s going to work best for you and the start isn’t always that pretty but that’s ok. We concentrate on progress and the process over perfection. Keep at it and you’ll be surprised how quick you start to develop your own unique style and method.
4. You Don’t Have to Follow the ‘Rules’
Yes technically Bullet Journaling is a system that follows a specific set of instructions but if you don’t follow it to a T I’m going to assure you now that the Bullet Journal polica are not going to come running and call you an imposter.
I find it strange when I get questions (and this has happened a few times) that start with “Am I allowed to…” and I always shout YES. Your Bullet Journal – or if you want to call it something different because it doesn’t ‘follow the rules’ is YOURS. And it can work any way you need it to. It can look whatever you want it to look like.
And when you break or ignore ‘the rules’ that’s often when you’re exploring and figuring out how to get your system to work best for you. That’s where the magic happens!
5. Concentrate on Practical Not Just Pretty
A big reason people are attracted to Bullet Journaling is how aesthetically pleasing it can be. And yes that is a really fun reason to start – to get creative and challenge your creativity a bit. But don’t be fooled that’s not the whole point of a Bullet Journal. A bullet journal is a productivity tool and the creative aspect is a bonus. If you aren’t using it for productivity that’s fine – it’s a more creative journal which has its own benefits in terms of creative expression, mental health and wellbeing – equally if your bullet journal is all about the productive then that’s fine too.
I believe that a Bullet Journaling is most powerful when we can combine them but for me the productivity is the important part. If we feel in control and organised with our lives that will allow us the freedom and time to get creative anywhere else and start to explore.
6. The Bullet Journaling Community Is Very Supportive
The final thing I really want to share is how supportive and inclusive the Bullet Journaling community is. It’s not an exclusive club. You don’t have to be artistic or super productive or even that unique in your journaling efforts. Your journal is unique to you and your life which is something to celebrate! From my experience the community celebrate that, inspire each other and are very welcoming to newcomers often willing to share their own experiences to help others.
Want to Get Started With Bullet Journaling Too?
If you’re curious about Bullet Journaling and what it can do for your life then why not join me in one of my upcoming Get Started with Bullet Journaling workshops? One of the best ways to get started is by attending bullet journaling classes online where you can ask all the questions you have, connect with others and get inspired to get started. Click on the banner below to get more details and sign up to the waiting list.