I was browsing Pinterest one day and stumbled on the idea of a bullet journal. It was love at first sight! A functional journal that doesn’t require talking about feelings?! Awesome! I ran to the store, bought a cute notebook, pretty pens, stickers and ALL OF THE WASHI TAPE!!! Once I got home, I starred at this beautiful empty notebook and felt overwhelmed! I kept making excuses on why I couldn’t get started. In hindsight, I’ve determined that all of the excuses were pretty dumb! To make sure no one else get stuck in the fear of getting started trap, I’ve decided to share the stupid reasons I put off starting a bullet journal.
1) I have horrible handwriting
A friend of mine describes my handwriting as “that of a 5 year old boy” and she is being kind. It’s barely legible. Most of the time that’s not a problem, but I convinced myself that my handwriting was not “bullet journal worthy”.
The reality is that your handwriting doesn’t matter, but what you write about does. Who cares if someone else can’t read your journal? Now I like to think of my handwriting as a secret code that I can understand and that’s perfect!
2) I’m not artistically gifted
As I stated earlier, I learned about bullet journals on Pinterest. I started to pin all of these beautiful pages of hand drawn floral wreaths, gorgeous headers and detailed borders that would take me days to duplicate. I can’t draw a straight line to save my life. My mom bought me ice cream when I got a B in art class because it was a big win! In my mind, no artistic ability meant no bullet journal.
I overcame this one by refining my search to simple bullet journal layouts on Pinterest. Once I found a basic layout that worked for me and accepted that my bullet journal wouldn’t be “Pinterest worthy”, I was off to the races!
3) I have to wait until the beginning of the month
When I was doing my initial research about bullet journals, I found a bunch of articles about setting up your month in your bullet journal. I panicked! I was all like “I can’t start now! I’d be doing it wrong!” Then when the first of the next month came around I was overwhelmed and saying “I’m not ready! I’ll start next month”.
The idea that there is a perfect date to start anything is stupid. I ended up starting my first journal on the 21st of the month and I’m glad I did. The pressure I was putting on myself to have the perfect bullet journal set up was instantly gone the moment I wrote in that notebook. It was a perfectly imperfect bullet journal. Just like its owner.
4) There is too much freedom
I love Pinterest! I spend hours at a time pinning recipes, fitness inspiration, manicure ideas and much more. When I started looking for inspiration for my bullet journal, I was amazed by how many different ways a bullet journal could be arranged. I looked at hundreds of pins looking for “the right way” to do it, but everyone’s journals were different. I couldn’t decide who was right about how to bullet journal. There was too much freedom and I just wanted someone to tell me what my bullet journal should look like.
This might be my dumbest excuse of all! Having the freedom to choose how you want your bullet journal organized is the whole point. There isn’t a wrong way to set it up. Find a layout you like and try it instead of getting stuck in the perfectionism trap. If you don’t like that your to-do list is on the right-hand side, then move it. Don’t want a to-do list in your bullet journal? Then take it out completely. You probably won’t get it right the first time and that’s ok. Just keep tweaking it until you find what works for you.
5) My Bullet journal will never be as awesome as theirs
When I started looking through all of the bullet journal pins, I was inspired by the first 10. The next 10 pins made me feel empowered, but by the time I looked at my 30th pin I was discouraged. There was no way I could ever make my journal as amazing as the ones I had just seen, so why even bother trying. Bullet journals were for perfect people not for me.
The comparison trap is the absolute worst! When you start to meet other people who bullet journal, you will realize that most people’s bullet journals look nothing like the ones on Pinterest. Each person’s bullet journal is as unique as the person who writes in them.
So no more excuses friends! Get your Bullet Journal started today!
Need some inspiration? Follow me on Pinterest! I have a board full of bullet journal ideas and tons of other boards to inspire your next meal or project, so you are definitely gonna want to see what I’m pinning.