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Top 5 Secrets To Finding Success With Your Bullet Journal In 2020

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One of my favorite things about the Bullet Journal is there really isn’t a wrong way to do it. If something isn’t working, change it up. Don’t like a certain layout? Try something new! Did an entire collection go completely unused? Skip it in your next journal! There really is no way that you can mess it up. But, there are steps that you can take to be successful in your Bullet Journal, and that is what we are here to talk about today!

When I say successful, what I really mean is your ability to accomplish your purpose.

I know there is a reason you decided to start a Bullet Journal. Do you want to get more organized? Are you trying to remember all of the important things? Perhaps you are making a last-ditch effort to accomplish your goals. Whatever the reason, there is a purpose to your journal! And in order to find success within your journal, there are steps that you can take to make sure you accomplish your purpose this year!

Confessing Your Purpose To The World!

Okay, you don’t actually have to confess it to anyone but yourself. But, the point I am trying to make is this: until you know your purpose, you will never see the success you want from your journal. Sure, you might see improvements here and there, but you will not be satisfied.

So, what should you do if you don’t immediately know your purpose?

The answers are in you! You just have to find them. Personally, I like to do this by asking why until I find the root of the problem.


Question: Why do I want to start a Bullet Journal?
Answer: I want to get more organized.

Question: Why do I want to get more organized?
Answer: I am feeling extremely flustered with my lack of time?

Question: Why do I feel like I lack the time?
Answer: I am constantly running around, yet never seem to get any further ahead on my to-do list.

Question: Why do I feel like I need more time?
Answer: I am so busy completing my to-do list every day that I don’t have any time left over to focus on the things that are important to me.

Question: If I had an extra two hours a day, what would I spend that time doing?
Answer: I would spend that time focused on self-care such as exercising, meditating, reading, doing my skincare routine.

Question: Is focusing on self-care what is really important to me right now?
Answer: Yes

Question: So, why do I want to start a Bullet Journal?
Answer: I want to start a Bullet Journal so that I can become more organized and productive. This will allow me to accomplish my to-do lists in a timely manner so that I have time to focus on my self-care which is something that is really important to me right now.

By asking myself all of these follow-up questions, I was able to determine my purpose. Now when I am creating my Bullet Journal, the layouts and the collections, I will know and understand my purpose enough to be able to create a journal that is going to help me accomplish that purpose.

Sometimes following this question chain can be a little bit challenging, so be patient with yourself. If it doesn’t work, take a deep breath and try again!

Create A Journal That Is Specific To You!

The Bullet Journal world can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, all of the online inspiration and ideas can be great, but on the other hand, it can also make you doubt your own journal, thereby affecting the effectiveness of your journal.

As Theodore Roosevelt once said:

“Compairison is the theif of joy.”

We live in a world where we are surrounded by everyone’s ideas and opinions, and it makes it so easy for us to judge, especially ourselves. We always think we have to do all the things, or be all the things, and this simply isn’t true. And until you know what YOU NEED, you are always going to be stuck chasing the wrong things.

While it would be easy to go onto Instagram or Pinterest and create every layout that you see, you are really just wasting your time because these aren’t the things you actually need to see success from your Bullet Journal.

If your focus is weight loss, but you have a bunch of layouts dedicated to how many followers you have on Instagram, you really aren’t focusing on yourself. You are simply comparing yourself to others, trying to do all of the things, and be all of the things.

Build a Bullet Journal that is specific to you! Go online, and find inspiration for the layouts that will actually serve you! That is the true key to success.

Get A Little Bit Creative

If you didn’t want to get a little bit creative, you would have just bought an ordinary planner and gotten to work! I know that deep down you want to get creative, and perhaps you just don’t know where to start.

For this, I have two very simple tips:
1. Always focus on your planning first. Unless your purpose is to have a creative outlet, you should always focus on the plans first. Create your layouts to best suit your planning needs and strategies.
2. Get creative in ways that you are comfortable with! You don’t need to be an amazing artist to be creative. Grab some stencils and markers to make cute doodles! Use your favorite pattern washi-tape to add a splash of color. Utilize colorful pens, stickers, stamps, and anything else you can think of! The sky is the limit!

Getting creative doesn’t even need to be limited to the decoration you add.

Add your favorite quote to your layout!
Add pictures as a memory keepsake!

The possibilities are literally endless!

Related Reads: How To Create Pretty Bullet Journal Layouts For The Non-Artist

Don’t Let The Mistakes Get You Down!

We all make mistakes in our journals. A slip of the ruler. Distracted when spelling out the days of the week. We all do it.

If you go into any Facebook Bullet Journal community right now, you are almost guaranteed to find at least one post of someone making a mistake in their Bullet Journal. It’s okay! The best thing to do is laugh it off, and maybe try to find a way to make it work, or cover it up.

One of my personal favorite ways to cover up little mistakes is to use a white gel pen. The thick ink acts as a white-out alternative and can be drawn over again without having to risk damage to any of your other pens.

My personal favorite is the Gelly Roll. The ink is very buttery, and it covers up mistakes like they never existed!

Looking for other great ways to cover up your mistakes? Watch this video from Amanda Rach Lee. She has a lot of fun and easy ways that you can correct your Bujo mistakes!

Keep It Simple

I know it can be tempting to add every collection you can think of it, but I encourage you to keep it simple! Stick to the collections and layouts that are going to serve you the best overall.

To get started, I would add only collections that will;
1. help you organize the essentials of your life
2. encourage you to be productive
3. organize and plan your goals!

2020 Planning Workshop

Finding success with your Bullet Journal comes down to having a great planning strategy! You need to find the perfect balance between the non-negotiables in life and the things that you want, or your goals.

In my 5-day Planning Workshop, I teach you the exact strategy that I followed in 2019 to achieve some of my biggest goals and find the balance in my life that I desperately needed. If you are serious about getting intentional in 2020, click here for more details about this workshop, and how you can enroll!

Until next time!

2 thoughts on “Top 5 Secrets To Finding Success With Your Bullet Journal In 2020”

  1. Hi Keri,

    Thanks for your post and thanks for the reminder of really planning out your journal before getting started. I want to do one for someone on a weight loss or healthy lifestyle journey, and having a good plan in place will allow me to be more strategic and productive overall with the project–and outcome!



    1. Hi Donna!
      Thank you for reading my post! I think that knowing your purpose is hands down one of the most important things you can do before you start your Bullet Journal. Once you know that, everything else will fall into place naturally! There are so many really cool things that you could do for someone on a weight loss journey, and having that intention could make for an amazing Bullet Journal planner!

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