Bullet Journal

Planner Peace: how to create a closer connection with your Bullet Journal

So many things have changed in my life, I’m moving to a new studio, something is changing in my job routine so, something different is happening to my Bullet Journal too. When we feel that the way we use our Bujo no longer reflects our needs, we should stop. Take a step back. You can’t expect to use your Bullet Journal always the same way. Our life changes, not so often, but it changes. At the end of a road, we are not the people we were at the beginning. The transformation of our life necessary requires a variation of our Bullet Journal system.
After a long period of transition, I have come to a conclusion: the so-called “Planner Peace” doesn’t exist. At least, there are as many of that as our life mutations. But, what does “Planner Peace” mean? Planner Peace is the condition that you feel when you find the perfect way to plan your activities, according to your needs. When your planning system works perfectly, you feel a sense of “Peace”. That’s amazing and true, but what happens when we change our habits? what if we feel like something different is happening to ourselves? What do we do with our Bullet Journal? Most of the time, we feel lost, we use the Bullet Journal less, we don’t know what to do to our notebook, and sometimes we feel… guilty! Like traitors of the Bullet Journal.

My transition

My transition started in July 2017. My life was already changed a lot, I had to move to a new studio after six years, I didn’t know what to do for sure and I had no idea how to keep bullet journaling: I wasn’t going to decorate my notebook, I didn’t want to write any kind of lettering or to plan my day in detail, such as time tracker, habit tracker etc.
Something changed when I realized that the notebook is in my service. It’s just a tool, not a blank canvas that I have to paint for a customer. It’s more than that. It’s the mirror of our lives. It’s a tool that we should use without fear and limitations. Our notebook is there, available for us.
Since that moment, the “Anarchic Month” in my Bullet Journal has begun, a month when I did whatever came into my head, but above all, what I never had dared to do to my Bullet Journal before. I noticed that I was following weird unaware rules which didn’t allow me to use certain tools, such as ball point pens (how many bullet journalist use ball point pens in their Bullet Journal?!), or I couldn’t write with a messy handwriting. I wrote down a list of these rules and I did the opposite. Everything I found ugly before, during this month it was my routine.
I’ve posted a flip-through video about the result of that Anarchic Month on Instagram, that I’ve ironically called “The unistagramable Month”, since it wasn’t aesthetically plesant like other Bullet Journal on Instagram are.

The philosophy behind that, it’s the same that inspires people when they purchase the ” Wreck This Journal“. If you don’t know yet what it is, Wreck This Journal is a brilliant journal which is not a simple empty notebook. In every page we find some instructions about how to destroy that notebook. At the end of the notebook, after you burn it, pour water on it, cut it etc, we finally have… a wreck! Does it make sense?  Why is so important to destroy a notebook? Of course, we don’t have to destroy our Bullet Journal, spill coffee on it or drop it from the highest building, but we should feel the same freedom to do whatever we want to our notebooks. If only we felt what we usually feel with a Wreck this Journal, we would create a closer connection with our Bullet Journal.

 

After two months, I’m not afraid to make mistakes, change or experiment, and I feel like my Leuchtturm1917 and I are closer now.

At the end of this post, you can watch my flip-through video about September on my Bullet Journal. In September I’ve decorated my notebook more, but I feel more freedom to do so. July has been such an instructional month, and it doesn’t mean you have to keep a minimalist Bullet Journal without decorations, but you should remember that whatever you do to your notebook, it will always be at your disposal, which can change everytime you need to change it.

 

My advice for you

What kind of connection do you have with your notebook? Do you feel emotionally free to treat it as you want, or do you feel a sort of fear to fail or to get it less aesthetically good than others? If your answer is the second choice, or if you are starting a Bullet Journal and you’re scared of the comparison with other notebooks seen on Instagram or surfing the internet, I have some advice for you to create a very strong connection with your notebook and to feel it actually YOURS:

  1.  Don’t think about perfection. You CAN make mistakes in your Bullet Journal;
  2.  Keep in mind that your current planning system is temporary and it’s closely linked to that particular moment;
  3. Always ask to yourself: what is working and what is not working on my planning system? If you see many Bullet Journalist using some feature ( ex. habit tracker), it doesn’t mean it will work for you as well;
  4. Don’t be afraid to change. At the end, your notebook will be more interesting as it will be the mirror of change you’re having in your life (even a change of preferences, why not?);
  5. Spend a period of time, just you and your notebook, without sharing your pages on social media. Use it, sketch on it, get it aesthetically worse, but live it. It will be useful to feel the real reason you should have a Bullet Journal;
  6. Go with your gut. Most of times you exactly know what’s going on in your head, but you usually don’t make your thoughts matter, because some part of you wants to be consistent with what you’ve always done. Don’t listen to that part, follow your heart and what inspires you in that moment;
  7. Don’t just write down your tasks and appointments. Write (or -> draw) your feelings and your memories;
  8. Experiment, experiment, experiment. You’ll never know until you try;
  9. If you’re a beginner, start with a minimalist system, just how Ryder Carroll created it. Those basic rules have been created for a particular reason. This applies both for beginners and for those who have been bullet journaling for a while. If you feel lost and you don’t know how to set it up, my advice is: bullet journal.com  and its basic rules, it actually helps a lot!

In conclusion, keeping the same system at all costs could be an obstacle to Bullet Journal features and your personal growth. Create a closer connection with your notebook! If you experienced a period like mine, or you’re just thinking about changing your Bullet Journal system, let me know with a comment at the end of the post or send me a message on Instagram or Facebook. I’d really like to know what kind of connection you have with your notebook!

Here below there is my flip-through video about September and I also talk about the Anarchic Month of July (English subtitles on youtube settings).

Supplies:

Notebook: Leuchtturm1917
Writing and drawing pens: Staedtler Pigment Liners
BrushPen: Tombow Dual Brush Pen +  Pentel Touch

See you ♥