How Bullet Journaling Is Different From Other Journals
You might already be able to tell how using a bullet journal is different than other forms of journaling, and know why it is so helpful for busy moms, but let’s sum it up just in case you aren’t already familiar!
There are several key differences between a bullet journal and a traditional journal or planner, outlined below:
1. Just one journal is used for everything!
You get to have everything in a single journal.
How cool is that?!?!
This is why it is good to choose a thicker journal, but one that is easy to write in.
- The hardbound books are great but can be hard to deal with, and you want to avoid any that use glued in pages as the binding may crack over time and become loose or lost.
- You can also use a softer journal that is easy to turn pages, fold, and manipulate in order to draw on the pages and use quickly without too much fuss. Many of these are refillable as well.
I ended up selecting this one because of the elastic closure and pocket in the back:
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2. Another difference with a bullet journal is that it has sections for each form of journaling, and also includes an index for easy reference.
The sections are how you sort out your gratitude journal, bucket lists, daily planner, and more. There are some really creative ideas for different sections and topics, but it is best to just start with the basics.
3. Short sentences and bullets are used in place of long sentences.
You will still do some writing using short sentences, and the basic bullets determine which type of entry you are making, either a task, an event, or a note.
- Tasks are any actionable item, and you go one step further with them to mark them as completed, migrated to a later date, or scheduled.
- Events are items with a date attached, so either you schedule them or you write about them as a logged entry after they occur.
- Notes are facts, ideas, thoughts, and observations. Anything that you want to remember, but that isn’t currently actionable.
4. Signifiers, or symbols used to represent moods and situations, are another key difference in bullet journaling.
Signifiers are good for quickly understanding what was going on during an entry or when making marks about how a day went in a monthly calendar view on one of the pages. These are yet another way you can customize your bullet journal to fit your life and personality.
Many people also choose to use different colors as signifiers, so their bullet journals really stand out from the crowd!
Personally, I am in love with the Papermate Flair pens for my bullet journal. But since they are a felt-tip style and work best for thicker pages, I use the InkJoy style when my pages might bleed through.
4. A bullet journal is truly flexible.
Organizing your life as a busy mom is much easier to do with a bullet journal than any other. You can keep track of finances, schedules, growth charts, to-do lists and more!
Other long-form journals can still be good for relieving anxiety, getting out your emotions each day, and helping to find triggers for emotional eating. You should still have these as a part of your routine if they are issues you are facing.
However, with a bullet journal, it is good for organizing all the different areas of your life that you feel need a little more order. If you feel that you want to include additional journal types like those mentioned above, make sure to check out all of the great ideas for habit tracking, self-care, and mental health that others have already designed!