There are many bullet journal myths you need to ignore but in this post, I will be debunking 5 of the most common myths I’ve heard. Bullet journaling can seem intimidating when you first come across it, I know because I’ve been there. 2 years ago I was in the same position as you! I had seen beautiful bullet journal spreads all over Pinterest and youtube and thought I could never do that! But I was wrong… 2 years later I am in LOVE with bullet journaling and have a whole blog dedicated to it! I should probably be embarrassed about my first ever bullet journal spreads but I’m not – we all have to start somewhere!
The reasons why you should start a bullet journal completely outweigh the reasons you won’t start one so what are you waiting for?
Bullet Journal Myth 1: You Have To Be An Artist To Make One
This is the most common bullet journal myth in my opinion. I have had many people say to me “I’ve always wanted to bullet journal but I’m not creative/artistic/talented enough to make one” but this really isn’t true! Anyone, no matter how artistic you think you are, can start one! A bullet journal is for you and no one else, so make it your own. Minimalistic spreads are very trendy right now so if you really are not into drawing then why not give minimalism a go?
My top tip is to find inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram that you can copy! Remember the aim is to make it practical, not perfect. And hey, if you mess up you can always just glue the pages together!
Bullet Journal Myth 2: Bullet Journalling Is Expensive
Yes, bullet journaling can be expensive BUT it doesn’t have to be! When I first started out, I used a £10 non-branded bullet journal (you can get cheaper than that) off amazon and some pens I already had lying around at home. You can even start a bullet journal with an old notebook or plain paper and a ballpoint pen. Crayola Supertips are the most common ‘beginner brush pens’ as they are easy to use and cheap! A pack of 12 are usually under £5! Most people have a couple of pencils, a rubber and a ruler around so that’s really all you need! If you need help choosing some supplies, I have a whole post dedicated to bullet journal supplies HERE!
Bullet Journal Myth 3: Bullet Journals Are Time Consuming
There is some truth to this myth because I can spend hours working on my bullet journal. But that’s because I enjoy spending lots of time on it and making it very detailed! However, there are some days that I spend less than 10 minutes creating a spread. As I said in bullet journal myth 1, minimalist journals are very trendy and useful right now and these take half the time to create! You can spend as much or as little time as you’d like on your journal to suit you and your needs.
Bullet Journal Myth 4: It Doesn’t Work If I’m Not Consistent
I’ve had comments from people saying that they start bullet journalling but then give up a few weeks in. Yes, consistency will help you stay organised if you are using your bullet journal for that reason BUT it’s okay to have breaks! Take a week, month or even a year off and your bullet journal will still be there for you to pick up again when you feel like it. Bullet journaling shouldn’t be a chore so if it starts to feel that way then taking a break is probably for the best anyway! I have habit trackers that are half-filled out and empty brain dump pages from when I’ve felt uninspired – it’s completely natural.
Bullet Journal Myth 5: You Have To Start At The Beginning Of The Year
Many people believe they have to start their bullet journal on January 1st but this just isn’t true! You can start a bullet journal whenever suits you! I prefer to start them at the start of the month but honestly, it’s not a requirement. A nice quote page and a weekly spread can start a bullet journal off perfectly!
Bullet journaling isn’t meant to be stressful, its supposed to be therapeutic and fun! Your bullet journal is simply that – yours – so you can make it your own!
I hope this post inspires you to start a bullet journal and has removed some of the bullet journal myths you’ve been believing! If you have any more bullet journal myths you’d like me to debunk then please leave them below in the comments!