Strive for process, not for perfection. – Unknown
…it’s easy to say but hard to do.
Before you start reading this post, you have to understand one thing: I am a perfectionist. And as the perfectionist, I am able to play hardball to have everything the best.
For someone, this may sound quite weird but those who has the same everything-needs-to-be-perfect feeling, know what I am talking about and how annoying it can be.
And now, we can get back to the story.
I would like to say that I have no intention to discourage you from starting your own bullet journal. I found this method useful and effective. But let’s just say, nothing lasts forever and there is always something better.
First things first. What is a bullet journal?
If you have ever read a similar post to mine, I am sure you couldn’t miss this post where a creator, Ryder Caroll, explains how it works in a simple way.
But basically, it’s a pen-paper method that helps you with organizing your time in a creative way. It’s flexible and its design fully depends on your imagination and creativity.
When you go trough the internet, there are dozens of websites with good-looking, stylish and cute bullet journals – nice handwriting, creative pictures and colors everywhere. But here is a fun fact: nothing from this is not important. You can keep it minimal and simple as much as you want.
Remember, you are your own critic and perfectionism has now power here.My bullet journal story: Strive for process, not perfection. Click To Tweet
How I started
I have heard a lot of amazing things about bullet journaling and its effect. I was amazed by this method and I saw it as a solution for my time management.
Without further ado, I was convinced to start my own journal.
I got myself a nice diary and black pen and start creating. The first page is mostly for an index (it something like a content). Next is a key where you write down signs you use in the journal. Everything was settled down and I could start writing and coloring.
It’s good to know, that your bullet journal will never be perfect after one page. You need to keep going and create new designs and pages. And so, there were a lot of different looks of my calendar or my shopping list.
But eventually, I felt like it didn’t work as I imagined.
So, where was the problem?
Maybe you have already understood what’s going on here but just in case you don’t, here are 3 reasons why bullet journal didn’t work for me.
1. I have to have everything perfect
As I said, bullet journaling is not about perfectionism but this is something that my brain doesn’t want to accept.
And so, my journal doesn’t help me to organize my time and I didn’t enjoy creating the journal anymore. Instead of focusing on the purpose, I strove for perfectionism – creating nice handwriting, perfect banners and matching colors.
And then, it happened that I was rather exhausted than happy.
2. It was time-consuming
While I was creating my bullet journal, I also used two other planners and organization apps at the same time. So, sometimes it was quite hard to just sit and create new pages.
Again, I didn’t strive for the process but for perfectionism.
3. I didn’t use it effectively
As I strive for having everything nice and smooth, I didn’t actually use my bullet journal for organizing my time but I did it just because I feel I have to.
Just for the design.
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