A year and a half ago, I opened up the first page of my brand new Leuchtturm1917 dot grid notebook and began my very first bullet journal. What I didn’t know at the time what a huge impact this simple system would have on my life.
I worked in the bar and restaurant industry for as long as I can remember, and early 2015 I started to get antsy. I was looking for a creative outlet and started an Etsy shop for handmade, bohemian style jewelry called Boho Berry. Of course, like all good shop owners, I wrote a blog to go with it. The writing quickly evolved from being about jewelry and style to deeper concepts like mindfulness, meditation, goal-setting, and living a better life. Lo and behold, it was resonating with readers and the blog took on a life of its own.
I’ve always loved planners but often found myself sticking with them for one or two months and then reverting to my unorganized ways. This was a real problem, because I had so many goals I wanted to achieve with the success of the Boho Berry blog. The Bullet Journal system became the first “planner” I've been able to stick with, and the first system to really “click” with my needs and my mindful way of life. Now I don't adhere strictly to the bullet journal style—yes, there's an "official" method—I've developed my own system that combines productivity and creativity. (And as you start journaling, I encourage you to do the same!)
In addition to changing the way I planned my life, sticking to this practice has also given me some pretty amazing life lessons that have helped me achieve more than I ever would have without it. Here's what I've learned.