Bullet Journaling

If you don’t want to make your own. Need guidance on how to start doing it. Or want to find an app on your phone instead of doing it physically. Check out this website. I’ve done a bullet journal once or twice. Didn’t stick with it. I’m so bad about sticking with something usually. I have a really hard time building good habits. Just bad ones. But I’m trying to be gentle with myself this month! That was one of my goals.

Today marks my 271st post on Atelier Whootique. I know there isn’t a rhythm or reason behind this blog, but it’s something that I’ve been dedicated to these past 271 days. So I’m proud of myself for that much. I’ve never done a comic that many days in a row. Or anything else with such dedication. I’m hoping to keep this going. I can’t wait until the one-year mark! I am mildly dreading the anniversary of the website launch, but that’s primarily because of the website hosting costs.

I was doing so well during my manic phase only to be hit with a curb ball when I turned violently into a depressive down spiral. I know that I have the Daylio app available and I even have the Premium version, but for some reason having everything on my phone doesn’t feel great. Maybe I’m just in love with the idea of making a journal/planner. It’s like scrapbooking without photographs. Sometimes I do excessive shopping when I’m manic, but I’ve also noticed that I’ll do some shopping when I’m turning low.

I didn’t do any unnecessary shopping this time. I had a budget in mind, but I know that my poor brain did get some endorphins off this last Walmart trip. I’m so OCD that I cannot get one of those fancy leather journals for my bullet journal. I’m prone to messing up writing. I’m also prone to not being satisfied with how I do something. Over and over and over again. It was one of my worst problems in college. I’d start writing notes and never get the rest of the class done because I’d rewrite the first part ad nauseam.

I ducked up the calendar squares. You know what word I really wanted to type. I ducked it up just enough that it would upset me. But not enough that other people would care. The bullet journal isn’t something anyone else would see. Yet I would know and that’s what matters. That’s really why I’m using pages that can be pulled out of a binder instead of a fancy-pants journal.

So I decided to get myself a cheap 3-ring binder. I don’t need too expensive of a one or I’ll spend the entire time decorating the folder. I like the dot grid paper compared to the lined grid paper so I got some in a notebook that I could rip out and add to the folder. Then I also got some stickers to help decorate as well as label my bullet journal. I already had some sticky notes so that made things easier. I just love buying and collecting notebooks and notepads. I’m the type of person that needs something on them the exact moment they have thought so they can write it down and completely forget it.

I’ve got a bit more to work on for this journal. I want to use it to track habits and other things along with keeping a schedule of what I’m doing. I have a hope that this goes better than Daylio and the other applications I’ve downloaded. Because those really haven’t stuck. Sadly. I was also journaling for a bit about my anxieties and concerns, so I’m hoping to lump these all into one notebook. I might need to go back eventually and get some dividers for different sections of the notebook. We shall see.

That’s it for now. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading!

Published by Erin Seto

Southern Peach 🍑, in her 30’s - Artist 🎨 + Bibliophile 📚 + Geek 🎮 + Nerd 👓 + Animal-Lover 🐾 + Bipolar Disorder 💢 x Anxiety 😨 x PTSD 💣÷ DBT Therapy ✨ + Mental Health Matters 🧠 = ME 👩🏽

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