I noticed a lot of people on the Bullet Journal Facebook group going back and forth between doodling and not doodling in their BuJo.
Some journalers prefer the simple layout – sticking to one color and simple, structured pages.
Other journalers, like myself, prefer to doodle – my pages are all over the place, and there are tons of different colours and pages strewn throughout.
Here are reasons why I doodle in my Bullet Journal, and some of my favorite doodles.
I’m a doodler!
Plain and simple, really; I love to doodle. Some people use washi tape to accentuate, but I find that doodling helps me relax and wind down sometimes. If I’m stressed, I doodle; if I’m happy, I doodle; if I’m upset, I doodle. It’s just a thing I do. If you ever feel like you have some blank space in your dailies, throw in a doodle!
This is one of my favorite doodles from Christmas Eve-Eve (I channeled my inner Phoebe)!
It speaks to your personality.
If someone were to find my bullet journal, I think that just by looking at it they’d get a glimpse at the person that I am. I like to believe that I’m a fun, colourful, outgoing person. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that by NOT doodling you’re not fun or outgoing; I just think that for some of us, including myself, doodling is another outlet.
If you’re the type of person who prefers solid, straight and structured, then you don’t have to doodle. Sometimes, simplicity is key.
It’s a fun way to remember certain events.
When my camera came in (I ordered it online), I figured that was a good doodle to add to remember the events of that day. I also ordered pizza, too, so, why not doodle that? I also enjoy drawing little cartoons on special days; when my friend Lisa had her baby shower, I drew a cartoon stork on the day of, and two little roads to symbolize my road trip out of, and back into the city.
My bullet journal is a reflection of me; I’m a very creative person. Along with my actual journal that I do most of my reflecting in, this keeps my mind clear. Not only does it help me stay on track in my day to day life, I can account for my personal goals, and also my blog goals.
I added a few new spreads which aren’t really doodles but I wanted to share them anyway. Partially because I think they’re pretty neat, and partially because I like the way they turned out.
Lately I’ve been listening to the audiobook of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and what better place to keep track of the notes I’ve made than in my bullet journal?
I’ve also been spending
a few a lot of pretty pennies on things that I consider beneficial for my blog. In order to keep track of my expenses, I mapped out this spread; it’s fairly simple, but straight to the point. If in the future I decide to take a class or purchase anything else for my blog’s development and growth, I’ll track it right in here.
Why it’s perfectly okay if you don’t doodle.
It’s your bullet journal. You can do whatever you want. If you want to doodle, go nuts! If you want to keep it looking sleek and sharp, stick with the minimal approach. After all, that really is the key point behind this journal: do whatever works best for you.
You can’t compare your bullet journal to someone else’s, just like you can’t compare the way I drink my coffee (two cream, one sugar – sometimes no sugar at all, if you must know) to the way you prefer yours. It’s catered to your taste.
Don’t feel obligated to doodle. Just enjoy the journaling process!