A few weeks ago, I published a pretty epic post called ‘My Complete Illustrated Guide to Bullet Journalling’. (You can find it here).
I could never have imagined how popular that post would become in such a short space of time.
However, in honour of my love of all things unconventional, I’m following it up with my second post concerning Bullet Journalling: Why I’m no longer using my Bullet Journal.
(Yep. You read that right).
Not long after publishing MCIGTBJ, I realised that – ironically – that my Bullet Journal was working for me as well as I’d like it to.
Ultimately, for me, whatever system I used HAS to keep me organised. If I feel more confused than before I started, I know it’s time for a change.
I see so many people write about ‘planner peace’. Planner peace is finding your perfect system that keeps you on track (and when you do, angels serenade you and cherubs dance around your head playing the official ‘You found Planner Peace’ anthem).
All joking aside – it is hugely satisfying to unearth a planning system that truly works for you. It provides relief from overwhelm, procrastination, and that frustrating sense that you’re forgetting something.
For me, I’m less about the stickers and embellishments, and more about the practicality of my system. Yes, I do use washi tape and stamps. But these are primarily for practical reasons (ie – to make things stand out so I don’t miss them). For a long time, I was more focused about ‘doing it right’ (and, in truth, how good my system would look on Instagram) than whether it actually WORKED.
My business has changed lately. I relaunched my brand identity and website design offerings, and the way that I fill my days as a result has changed.
I run a VERY tight ship when it comes to working with design clients. I have to – I pride myself on delivering ahead of schedule, making the process feel like a fun collaboration, and making sure that I work in an optimal state of mind and creativity to produce unparalleled results.
When it comes to design projects? Bullet Journalling just doesn’t cut it.
I use (and adore) Basecamp for these projects.
My clients are invited to the project, which makes them feel involved in the creative process (not to mention in the loop about where we’re at).
My team know exactly what’s expected, and by when.
Conversations are all kept in the client’s individual Basecamp, so we all know where we stand.
You just can’t get that level of organisation from a Bullet Journal. It’s just a fact.
I found that I was trying to squeeze my needs into my Bullet Journal, and it just wasn’t working for me.
I found that I still wanted/needed to have a physical planner to carry round with me. But…a simple planner. Something that doesn’t require much maintenance, and something that didn’t require me to draw out my weekly spreads etc.
I purchased the Leuchtturm Weekly Planner (available on Amazon) and I LOVE it.
The weeks are all laid out for you. You don’t even need to add stickers (although I like to add some washi and stickers simply to brighten up my week). You can just dive straight in.
These planners have all the same wonderful features as the Leuchtturm notebooks (stunning cover colours, great paper quality, a double-ribbon bookmark). They are a little slimmer, and more lightweight.
They also feature some blank pages at the back, some of which are perforated for times when you need to rip a page out.
The great thing, though, is that all the hard work has been done for you. You can really make it your own, and use it in a way that makes sense for you.
The Weekly Planner might be ideal for you if you:
- Love the idea of having a physical journal, but minus the creative aspect
- Love the idea of Bullet Journalling, but don’t love the idea of having to set up your own weekly/monthly spreads
- Love having an at-a-glance overview of your week, rather than in-depth daily spreads
Here are some snapshots of my Planner so you can see how I’ve been using it:
My Leuchtturm Weekly Planner. I purchased the pen loop separately – also from Leuchtturm.
This is a blank weekly spread.
I prepare for the week ahead on a Saturday or Sunday.
I do sometimes incorporate the bullets into the days on the left, depending on how busy my week is.
In summary – no matter how ‘trendy’ a planning system may be, never be afraid to switch it up if necessary.
Depending on my business (and life in general), I might switch back to the true Bullet Journal style of planning.
But for now, this adapted version is working PERFECTLY for me.
It’s simple, clean, fuss-free, and I can see the wood for the trees.
(Which is always a good thing in my book. Literally).
Let me know what you think of this adapted system in the comments below. Are you thinking of trying it? Got questions? I’d love to see how you plan out your week!