I made the switch from a filofax ring planner to a bullet journal back in April of this year. I felt that my Filofax, A’s much as I loved it, just wasn’t fitting my life at that moment in time and had become to ridged and inflexible in my life though I still loved writing down my plans and things that mattered. It was hard to properly realise and accept that the system I had been using for years and truly loved just wasn’t working for me anymore . So I sat down and thought long and hard about what I needed in my life at that point and after doing some research and looking at tons of pictures and posts on Facebook, reading blogs and generally poking about at the ton of information on the web, I came up with a few things that I wanted in a new planning system. For me that was something that was flexible – somewhere that I could play around with layouts, make notes, use a day per page if I decided then flip to a week on 2 page spread should I choose, a place to track life statistics – sleep, steps and mood are big ones for me and useful to track as I have anxiety and stress and need to be able to be able to identify links between these things, and I wanted something that I could be creative in – I’ve not really done much art (painting and drawing mainly) since uni and wanted something I could doodle in and decorate with my own art, it had been suggested to me at a Stress Management course that doing something creative can help dealing with stress and anxiety levels. This is where the bullet journal came into its own for me…it offered me all the things that I needed in my life, everything in one place, something that can change with me and gather everything together, a more true version of me.
So, which bullet journal did I choose to purchase and make mine? I did a lot of research online and cross referencing prices and a whole host of other features and decided that the Leuchtturm1917 was the bullet journal for me. I chose dot grid paper and the medium sized journal in azure blue (I really was undecided on the colours, there are so many beautiful colours to choose from!). I ordered from amazon and as I am a prime member I got it a few days later.
Since it arrived I have been filling it with monthly layouts and weekly spreads, doodling and drawing in it, using watercolours, pencils and pens to add colour to my pages. I pick it up at least a dozen times in the day and add to dos, daily logs, notes and all matter of other things that are important to me. And it makes me feel so much better and a lot calmer.
I’d never knock the filofax, it will always be my first love and I will go back to that format of planning at some point I’m sure, but right now, with only one job to monitor along with my health and well being, the bullet journal is the place for me to lay my thoughts, it feels like I’m home – anything goes and it’s not judgemental if my pages are full or empty, pretty or a mess. It has taught me that not everything needs to be perfect or fit into a certain section and that you can be creative in the smallest way. The only thing I do miss is being able to easily remove and move pages around like you can with a ring bound planner, but that’s where your index comes in handy!
Here’s some pics of pages I have done