Replacing my bullet journal with 4 planners. Be honest…am I mad? πŸ˜Œ

Hello and welcome back to my blog! ✨ How are you doing? ❀️ It’s probably a silly thing to say seeing as this year will continue on from 2020 in more than just a literal sense whilst we’re still going through the pandemic but I do hope that your year has gotten off to a good start and that it continues to go that way! ⭐

No the title of this post is not just to grab your attention. Maybe it doesn’t even seem crazy to you but yes I’ve decided to replace my singular bullet journal with four planners/diaries for the time being (in the name/image I just said planner tho because they are all being used for notes, important dates & lists to be fair πŸ€·πŸ˜‚).

I was going to say that around this time of the month I’d normally share my bullet journal spread with you but that’s a lie isn’t it because it usually takes me a good amount of time to get round to doing that, nonetheless it will not be happening today 😌.

You’re probably wondering why I would do this after how I’ve been getting excited about keeping up my bullet journal + how much fun I’ve been having with it (check out the December festivities πŸŽ„). ‘Wouldn’t it be way easier to just have the one?‘ is the question up in the air. Well with my health deteriorating I can’t really get around to drawing out all of the designs that a bullet journal would entail and I know it wouldn’t have to be as detailed as I normally make it but that’s what I tend to love about the whole process. I don’t want to just create a spread for the sake of having one when it pains me to do it so I’ve abandoned the idea entirely (until things change anyway!).

I received some really nice planners/diaries for both Christmas + my birthday and not only do I want to use them but I can also tell that they will be a lot easier then doing the normal buttet journal spread yet it’s still possible to make them look aesthetically pleasing with washi tape and stickers πŸ‘€..πŸ‘οΈ..πŸ˜πŸ˜‚.

Because theres no bullet journal spread to show you today or even this month and perhaps even longer I thought I could at the very least show you the replacements! Yeah there’s more of them, there’s 4 for crying out loud 😲 (could have sworn there were 5 but I could have been dreaming or having a nightmare πŸ˜‚). It does sound like a lot but they’re all very different! One even calls itself a bullet journal but when you open it up it hasn’t got the dots πŸ€”. It’s more like square blocks to keep track of things with a bullet key to label certain dates.

I haven’t completely made sense of that one yet because when my mum got it for me for Christmas she genuinely thought it was a bullet journal so I think the site were lying but I’m not going to let it go to waste. I’ll have a look through it and will share some pictures below and we could talk through it together! (Which is another way of saying I need help πŸ˜‚). Anyway I’m babbling πŸ™ˆ. Here are my new planners, have a little look:

We’re going to start with this cute planner because it’s what I’ve found I’m using the most! I pretty sure it’s from Tesco and it has everything you could possibly want in a planner πŸ™Œ. At the very beginning there is a shopping list amongst other various options and at the very end I found loads of pages for notes (that info would usually end up clogging the days themselves so it’s a much needed addition!… although I did forget the other day and went through to messing up the next page with stuff I was writing but oh well 🀦).

Each day has a to-do list where you can tick off what’s been done and a smaller section for notes alongside lines where I guess thoughts/appointments can be jotted down (for now put quotes/stuff to takeaway from podcasts I listen to there but I know deep down that I should write that in the notes section πŸ™„πŸ˜‚).

Next up is a diary that goes with a book series I like “what a complete Aisling”. My sister got me this for Christmas and it’s so professional looking both inside and out! I’m surprised I could even bring myself to write in it as it’s too neat and tidy for my completely-opposite-of-that self πŸ˜….

I love this because as you can see a snippet of in the pic above, it lets you write out monthly goals and self-care ideas + must do stuff. That last part is brilliant because I’m one for putting down important things on my daily to-do list that aren’t going to get completed in one day. This little list means I can separate the “long-term” stuff that I want or need to do over a longer timeframe and it doesn’t just end up being something continuously getting crossed off every single day.

Each two pages in this encompasses a week and also a segment that allows you to write down important bits that cover it all too. There’s a section for holidays which I initially doubted would come in handy but then I remembered what I wrote about in the post how to start of the year properly! In that I spoke of how you can be at home and feel like you’re far away because of what you’re doing so I reckon I’ll use this section for greater good in that sense πŸ˜‚.

Dotted throughout are jokes from the main character of the books and there are pages at the very end dedicated to reflecting, noting achievements and all the favourites that were made (should keep me well busy as I do tend to bulk load those fav lists I post πŸ˜‚).

Moving on (which is always a difficult thing to do so I’mma take my time…..and I’m done πŸ˜‚) there is a pink page a day diary that I recieved for my birthday! This was the first one I broke out at the beginning of the year and that isn’t solely because I got it before the others, it’s down to the fact that the pages are so crisp πŸ˜ΆπŸ˜πŸ˜”. I have no shame in admitting I fall in line with people who smell books, I am one of them and they are one of me…which sounds really weird and probably didn’t even add value in trying to develop a reason so please ignore it.

This is a nice book and I’ll be sure to keep on using it this year! (How was that it bringing things back to an acceptable level? πŸ˜ŒπŸ˜‚). It’s much like the diary that saw me through 2020 but on a larger scale as that one was a freebie from the company we buy oil from πŸ˜‚ so it’s what I’m used to and yet I worry I’ll set it aside more compared to the others. Because of that I’m moving more towards keeping it for the same lists, even if I’m writing out the same thing in the others I’d hate for it to not get used.

Finally it’s the one I’d like your thoughts on! This is labeled as a bullet journal but it’s not what anyone was expecting (God I sound ungrateful there, I still like it I swear πŸ™Œ I’m giving it the time of day aren’t I? πŸ˜‚). Maybe this is what some would consider to be a bullet journal with a “bullet key” of codes to use throughout block pages as opposed to the dotted kind I’m used to seeing it with πŸ€”. I haven’t been this confused since I went upstairs the other day and couldn’t figure out what I’d intended to do up there (I came back down before I remembered…isn’t that always the way πŸ˜‚).

I’ve used the codes indicated for different things on a number of pages and I guess I should just write as I normally would in the blocks. Oh I almost forgot, halfway through it the year starts again but the blocks are slightly bigger so more can be written. I might put my daily gratitude points in these so they don’t just mirror my other planners as it’s far to interesting an opportunity to pass by copying down from the other books.

Despite my newfound ideas for this “bujo” I won’t deny the fact that I’d love to be in the know of what should really be going in those squares! Naturally what I can’t comprehend only infuriates confuses me more πŸ˜΅πŸ˜‚ and why on EARTH can it take the name “bullet journal” when it’s so different from what I’ve grown to see as one?? I know what will make it better, what makes everything better! Washi tape πŸ˜… (I’ll look for any reason to stare lovingly on Etsy at those space/star printed tapes 😍. Does there even need to be a reason? πŸ˜‚).

As you can see, each of these books brings different things to the table. I can still have a gratitude page if I like, I’ve added in my Winter bucket list, mood trackers might be a thing of the past as I’m beginning to realize they were just one of my phases and I’m most definitely going to keep track of what blog posts are going up (I actually can’t help but do that in all of them because I worry that I won’t pick up a certain notebook on particular day and I’ll miss out on what I’m meant to do but yeah, this isn’t therapy so I’ll spare you the details πŸ˜‚).

It’s it’s come to that time where I thank you for reading and as always it really means a lot that you took the time to do that! πŸ˜„ I’m not gonna lie, as we drew closer to the beginning of January it did cross my mind that I might regret not drawing out a bullet journal spread but it wasn’t joined by the excitement I would normally get. It was instead a worry about not doing it that was horrible to feel alongside knowing that I couldn’t do it. Pushing forward would have been the wrong way of going about things so I’m glad I stuck to my guns and I’m using these books πŸ“š.

Sooo what do you do to keep track of the things that are going on in your life? πŸ’« If you are a fellow bullet journal user (can I still call myself that despite these not being one? I feel the journalling bug never leaves you even when it’s been put on hold πŸ˜‚). I’ve seen some really gorgeous planners floating about the blogosphere so I’d love to hear about yours and what you think about mine + the decision I’ve made! (Are these good replacements or what? 🀣).

Oh before I forget, happy national tea day! β˜• (If that’s a coffee emoji pretend it’s tea!). I like mine with a ginger honey πŸ˜‹, what about you? (If you drink it that is! If not, today’s the best time to start I’d say πŸ˜‚). I might add national holidays however random they may be to my planners now that I think about it πŸ˜―πŸ™Œ.

I’ll see you in the next post as I steadily get the hang of this whole talk to type thing (spell check is an odd-bod πŸ˜‚). I would tell you what my next post will be about but I’m not entirely sure myself yet 😌. There’s a list that I can pick from but you know as well as I do that I probably wouldn’t stick to it (I was meant to share my December fav’s with you today πŸ™Œ). Know that whatever it is, it WILL be just as chatty as this one so I hope to see you there or I’ll just be talking to myself 😭 (yeah I played the guilt card πŸ˜‚). Take care and have a lovely day πŸƒπŸ’ž

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