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Finding Planner Peace
There is something inherently wonderful about finding something or someone that you love. For me, bullet journaling is a love. It fills many of my needs and wants when considering a planning method. There is this idea in the planning community called planner peace. Planner peace is exactly what it sounds like, the planning method that gives you peace in your life. For everyone, planner peace will come in different ways and for different reasons. When I was looking for planner peace, I was primarily searching for flexibility. It was the one thing that I struggled with in all of the pre-made planners I tried.
Discovering Bullet Journaling
I was introduced to the Bullet Journal planning method in May of 2017. A friend added me to a small planning group on Facebook. There were about twenty women in the group. Most were new to bullet journaling, but some had been practicing this planning method for a while. While in the group, I saw these ladies spreads, and I was intrigued by what I saw. I have always been a planner, and I’ve always been willing to try new things with my planning in search of planner peace. I had tried so many methods for planning and pre-made planners. In the end, they all lacked the flexibility I needed.
Starting My Bullet Journal
I began using my bullet journal in June of 2017. I started with a Leuchtturn 1917 and a pack of Staedtler Pens. At the time, I wasn’t sure what I was doing or what I needed from my bullet journal. I found spreads from Instagram, blogs, and Pinterest. During my research, I became obsessed with watching every YouTube video I could find about bullet journaling. I tried these
Over the past nine months, my skills, materials, and needs have shifted and transformed as well. Through trial and error, I slowly figured out what I do and don’t need to be able to do in my journal. For example, I started with a monthly, weekly, and daily spread. I liked the idea of having each of these spreads, but in reality, I don’t have the time needed for all of that. Now, I use a monthly and a weekly spread. In addition, I have learned to take bits and pieces from this and that and create my own spreads to fit my needs.
The flexibility of the Bullet Journal has made it the most effective planning method I have ever used. The Bullet Journal system won’t be perfect for everyone, but I would highly recommend it to anyone searching for their planner peace who likes to be a little creative and needs a lot of flexibility.
If you would like to check out a PDF version of my weekly layout and get an idea of where to begin head here.