Why I Stopped Bullet Journaling

It has been a while since I shared my bullet journal online, and today I am finally going to share why. I love bullet journaling for many reasons, one of the main ones being that it helps me look a month, or even a week, holistically. I can make notes in advance and fill in the blanks after a day or week has concluded. And at the end, I have a beautiful record of the time to look back on.

All summer my life has been uncertain. When I think back to May, I can still remember how I honestly thought I would be following my parents to their new home, even after starting my new part-time elections job. It alone would not have allowed me to survive on my own. However, my life plans have evolved since then as new developments were made on the job front. It’s crazy to think how much can change in just two months’ time.

The blog and my other activities have shifted in priority. But now with summer near its end and my decision to move final, I think it’s a good time to finally summarize my summer bullet journal experience and share what I came up with this weekend to get me through August.

June & July

I did not enter the summer season thinking I would step away from bullet journaling. On the contrary, I had planned ahead on themes and even spent several days working on the monthly spreads for both June and July. However, when it became clear I would not finish on time and was growing frustrated with little mistakes, it just became easier to step away.

In June I was going to do a beach wave theme inspired by the The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai. I referenced a great many bullet journal spreads I found online in my weekly spreads, and got as far as week 3. I’m not terribly proud of them, so I’ll just share the cover spread.

In July I wanted my theme to be an homage to Stranger Things since the third season was to debut on the 4th of July. I put a lot of thought and work into those spreads as well, only to lose interest after making one too many little mistakes that honestly are not that distracting now that I’ve taken some time away from it!

I never finished a weekly spread, but I will share the monthly trackers along with the cover spread for July.

Maybe it was a problem of becoming too ambitious with my designs. It didn’t help that June and July were months of tumultuous life change either. Ultimately I decided to take a break from the monthly routine of investing hours designing bullet journal spreads ahead of each month and focus on preparing for fall. I have also resolved to return to basics so that I don’t have anymore lost months for the year.

August

I did not think that I would do an August spread this month, but this past weekend I realized I really needed one. It did not have to have an amazing theme or even much detail, but I wanted to have a planner to help me organize my thoughts once I realized I was taking the plunge and moving to Austin at the end of the month. There are so many little moving pieces involved in moving and starting new jobs. I needed something to help me feel a little more control over this crazy adventure.

Weekly Spread for August 12-18
Weekly Spread for August 12-18
Weekly Spread for August 19-25
Weekly Spread for August 19-25
Weekly Spread for August 26-31
Weekly Spread for August 26-31

End Note

I did not realize this weekend that there are still three full weeks ahead in the month given how much has been going on since the end of July. I will be traveling a lot in the next two weeks, starting one of my new jobs, and gradually moving into my apartment and making it a cosy home. I can’t wait for this new chapter of my life and to be able to start a new chapter of The Inky Saga.

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5 thoughts on “Why I Stopped Bullet Journaling

  1. Jeimy @ ANovelidea

    Moving is stressful. I’m in the process of looking for my own place and have been so focused on that, that it’s been hard to keep up with my BUJO. Even when it’s whole purpose is to help me be less stressed.
    Sending good vibes your way and the best of luck in your move! <3

    1. Lori @ The Inky Saga

      If I may offer advice, I recommend just keeping the bujo spreads really simple. There’s a beauty to simplicity. I think I will be trying to go really minimalist in September…then go crazy in October :D

      Thank you for your kind words! I wish you luck on your home search too. It can be fun, but it’s definitely very stressful too.

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