There are many articles to be found across the internet on how to best use your bullet journal full of great advice. One of the topics I haven’t seen mentioned a whole lot, is how great bullet journaling can be for when you don’t have anything to add to it.
Now, it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling like a bullet journaling failure when you don’t keep up with it for a day, or a week, or even a whole month or more. I’ve personally fallen into that trap over and over again. But I think it’s time to address the positives of these time lapses and how great bullet journaling actually is in creating a planning space that isn’t dependent on continuously maintaining it.
Accidental v. Purposeful Breaks
When you look at why you haven’t written in your journal for a while, often times you’ll find you didn’t do it on purpose. Maybe you didn’t have enough time to get your journal out for a few days. Maybe you have been dealing with a creative block or anxiety around journaling that makes it hard to go back to it after a few days or weeks. No matter the reason, an accidental break from your journal can be the hardest type to come back from. I’ve felt all kinds of things when I’ve skipped out on journaling for a while: embarrassment, failure, anxiety to name a few.
Purposeful breaks are different. Whether you’re taking a vacation, have a school break, or some other pre-planned event, it can be really nice to put your journal down for a while. Sometimes it’s to fully experience something without the added stress of journaling and other times you just won’t have anything major to keep track of. The nice thing with planned or purposeful breaks? They usually come without the negativity because you are giving yourself permission to take that break.Continue Reading