My Small Bullet Journal Story: How I Started & Found Out It Doesn’t Work For Me

LIFESTYLE , UNI LIFE Dec 28, 2016 13 Comments

My Bullet Journal Story: How I Started & Why It Didn't Work For Me

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.

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My Bullet Journal Story: How I Started & Why It Didn't Work For MeHow 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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Twenty-year student based in the Czech Republic. She admires everything minimal and floral. And she is also a big bookworm.


  1. I’ve seen a lot of girls who do bullet journaling but I feel the same way about it as you do. It takes a lot of time and I would only be doing it because I feel like I have to not because it’s helping me. Planners and calendars to track my daily duties on the other hand always work for me.

    • Lucie

      So true, Anastasia. Planners & calendars seem as a better option for us. 🙂

  2. Jaycee

    I totally agree with this! I wish I could bullet journal and have everything look so clean and creative, but it’s so much work and never turns out the way I want it to. I might try again, but I’m glad I’m not alone! Haha

    • Lucie

      That’s right, Jaycee. I am glad I am not alone too. Have a nice day.

  3. Shannon

    I have been wanting to try this! I love planning though, so I don’t know how I would do either having this plus my 2 planners (1 personal and 1 for work.)

    • Lucie

      And this is why bullet journal is a very useful method. You can have either your personal and work planner together. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Shannon.

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  5. Bonnie

    It is so hard for me to find planners/organizers that work well for me so I understand. Not everything is made to fit everyone’s needs, even something as self-made as a bullet journal. I just started making mine last night and so far love it. My main purpose though is for blog and business checklist and keeping organized with that instead of cluttering up a planner, so it’s not a traditional bullet journal.

    • Lucie

      That’s awesome, Bonnie! I am so glad that your bullet journal works for you. As you said not everything works for everyone. 🙂 I really like experimenting with things that organizing my time and a few months ago am just found out that bullet journal is not for me. Have a nice day. 🙂

  6. Jamie

    I love the flexibility but ran into the same problems with bullet journaling. I also found that I don’t hold myself accountable enough to make my journal as well as actually fill it out each day. lol

    • Lucie

      Exactly, Jamie. However, I am about to give it a second chance and we’ll see how it goes. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Helena

    Hi 🙂 I follow your blog for some time and I have noticed you are struggling with organizing things and making plans (at least you dedicated a few of your blog posts to this topic). An idea came to my mind: have you ever wondered that maybe you are not naturallly organised person, and you have instead a bit artistic, more “living in a moment” personality? In my opinion, it could make your life easier if you knew that you don´t need to “push” yourself into excessive planning and use your energy for something creative instead. I recommend to take MBTI typology test which could help you with further development. Anyway, this is just my observation, I don´t know you personally, and maybe I´m just wrong 🙂 Keep going with your blog writing and have a nice day 🙂

    • Lucie

      Hey Helena! Firstly, thank you for notice. Maybe you’re right, maybe I am not a naturally organized person but I like being organized and know what to do. However, living in a moment is what I like more and try to live by. It’s true that I don’t like thinking about the future because I think it’s too far from me. So, it’s better when I focus on what is here and now. Time to time I struggle with that but I try to keep myself on track. Also, thanks for the test, I’ll definitely take one (I love tests haha). Have a beautiful Sunday!

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