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I am an aspiring planner. 

I love to look at all the pretty planers and dream of how I will one day have my life all pretty and organized in those lovely pages. I love to look at all the different methods of planning, from Erin Condren to Happy Planner to Bullet Journaling . I have dreamed about using just about every method.

Every time I buy a planner I think that this is the one. THIS is the one that will get me totally organized once and for all.  Everything is flowing just right because I have it all under control thanks to my new found, this is the one, planner.

And then, about a few weeks later, I start to not use all the spots in the planner. I may even skip a few days because I don’t want to take the time to fill out the planner.

I also start to feel squeezed or constricted by my planner.  There is no perfect planner for me. It DOES NOT exist. There is not a spot for everything I want to keep a record on. And if I try to create my own spots for all this extra stuff then the pretty planner does not look pretty anymore.

My perfectionism kicks in way too hard in the world of planning. My dreams of planning do not allow for the realities of life. Either I am a planning diva or I am a planning drop out. There is no in between.

Then BULLET JOURNALING came into my life

What was this new fangled way of planning that utilized a pretty, EMPTY notebook and all kinds of pretty, colorful pens?  I got to jump on this bandwagon. 

I started to research bullet journaling. I pinned everything on Pinterest.  I followed BUJO (cool name for bullet journaling) accounts on Instagram.

Then it all started all over again. I hated the official method of bullet journaling. It was too stiff and hard to learn for me. I’m sure it works great for others. I’m hard to please, I guess.

Then I looked to all the artistic bullet journalers. Goodness, for a girl who can barely draw a stick figure, that was a HUGE mistake. The feelings of inadequacy crept in pretty quick.  The pretty, not too cheap, notebooks that I bought trying to BUJO sat in a pile on my desk, abandoned and forgotten. 

And then one day…

I thought, “Sarah, what if you did bullet journaling in your OWN way?!  It could be Sarah Journaling.” WHAT?!  You mean I could create my own way of doing things and make it work perfectly FOR ME?!  What is this nonsense you speak of?

It was then that I started creating pages for the things that mattered to me the most and not worrying about anything else. I didn’t worry about any pages or slots that other people thought were important.  All that extra stuff made me twitchy.

Here’s the cool thing. I am becoming that planning diva I’ve always aspired to be. I rock my planner now and I get things done. I record the things that matter to me. I track the things that matter to me. No more, no less.

And it works for me.

It’s funny that I had to let go of organization rules in order to become my best organized self. Click To Tweet

Here’s a peek at MY favorite spreads. The cool thing is that these awesome spreads pair up exactly with my 7 Secrets To A Successful Morning ebook. Go check it out!!


This is where I set out to make a list of what I want to get done that week. I usually do this page on Sunday. 


This is where I log all my To-Do Items that must be done that particular day. Most of these items are migrated from the weekly to the Daily. 


This is whatever Scripture sticks out to me that particular day. 


Gratitude & Sprouts (Wins)

I try to record 3 things I am grateful for and 3 Sprouts or Wins every day. Doing this really helps me keep a good perspective.

These are my main spreads that I use from week to week. Sometimes I add extra pages for other things I want to record such as future blog ideas or writing topics.

Overall, this is very simple and it works perfectly for me.

What about you?  Do you Bullet Journal? What kind of planning do you LOVE?




How I made the hip and popular bullet journaling planning method work for me.
How I made the hip and popular bullet journaling planning method work for me.

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6 comments on “How I Made Bullet Journaling FINALLY Work for Me”

  1. Love this! I’ve just started doing something very similar – just didn’t know it was called bullet journaling! 🙂 I signed up for your “7 Secrets” and I’m bookmarking your blog. We share some similar interests. 🙂

  2. That was the great thing about Bullet Journaling, after really getting into it- there is a base system, but it’s also just about figuring out what YOU need and working that into one cohesive journal. It’s given me new tools and ideas and ways to think/organize. Very overwhelming at first but totally worth it once I narrowed down what *I* needed it for.

  3. I looked at a lot of the commercially available planners out there. Too fussy, too EXPENSIVE. The “happy” part of the Happy Planner must be the manufacturer when you’ve spent big bucks on all those fancy doodads and add ons. Buy a three ring binder and fill it with what you create with Word and your calendar making software. Look for free printables, which are all over the place. If something isn’t working for you, take it out and replace it with what does. (Three ring binders do that nicely, you know).

  4. I don’t understand all the craziness over a bullet journal that takes longer to make than to perform the tasks. A Daytimer user for 30+ years. No fuss, no stress.

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