Do you ever get that feeling of being disorganised and overwhelmed by all the stuff you have to do? Do you find yourself writing your to-do lists on paper scraps, sticky notes and all sorts of support? Do you find it hard to have an actual overview of your life or keeping track of things?
Don't worry. You are not alone.
Actually, I was there too not so long ago. Maybe that's the reason why I started a planners' firm (LOL!). Anyhow, if you answered YES to any (or all) of the questions above, I guess it's time to check your current planning situation. Now the dilemma:
Bullet Journal or Planner: Which is best?
Well, let's look closely to both methods and hopefully, you will find your own answer at the end of this article.
There is a planners' world out there so it's going to be a little bit hard to summarise everything in here, but let's try to point out some details about them. There are planners of mini sizes as well as desk planners. The majority start from the beginning of the year and last 12 or 18 months. They can have a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly views. Throughout my life, I have tried many and at some point I was so disappointed by them that back in 2017 I actually started my own stationery business, inchiostro and paper, in order to create something I couldn't find anywhere. Our first planner was sold out in only 6 weeks and we tool the response as a sign that we were not the only ones unsatisfied by the options on the market. That's why what started as a joke almost three years ago is now a little start-up which sells to over 30 countries worldwide. Truth to be told, there are a lot of options around but if you want something 100% made in Italy, from sustainable sources and materials, a different planner to push you out of your comfort zone while also inspire you to live a remarkable life, look no further, our planners are the answer (now the last 5 planners on final sale at a very special price).
Pros & Cons of Planners:
+ There are a lots of options around, ours is pretty cool though (stay tuned for our 2020 weekly and daily versions!)
+ (Some are) well-organised
+ No complicated setup + Open it and it's ready to go
+ Professional designed
- Predefined layout (which is also a plus!)
- Set space for days and weeks
- Some don't provide space for creativity, ours does, but the majority of planners on the market are simply a set of dates and lines.
In a nutshell, in Carroll's wanted to re-organise his life around one big book: schedule, tasks, goals, to-do lists, journaling, meeting notes, gratitude log, project plans, grocery list, books to read, meal plan, mind mapping, weight loss tracker, homework notes, etc. Once a bullet journal is filled up, you start a new one. Some people use one bullet journal a year, while others use five, there are people who use one bullet journal at a time and others who use two or three. The beauty of this method is that there is no fixed rules and this is what I love the most about this method.
The most popular bullet journal size is an A5 (5.8 x 8.3”) because it’s portable and easy to keep at hand. You can use any notebook, of course, but our Bullet and Paper Book comes with a soft, flexy cover, and our 100gr paper on top of feels great and it doesn't allow ghosting. It also features a back pocket and three ribbon book markers.
If you are looking for a flexible system that keeps track of everything in your entire life, you may want to consider starting a bullet journal.
Pros & Cons of Bullet Journals:
+ Fully customisable
+ Works well with a flexible schedule or different kind of projects
+ You can use as much space as you need
+ You can start whenever, you don't need to wait for January 1st!
- It can feel a bit overwhelming at the beginning
- A bit time consuming to set up pages and layouts
- Migrating to new bullet journal is a bit tedious
PLANNER VS BULLET JOURNAL
There's nothing new when I say that I've always loved all-paper things and that I used to buy and collect journals and notebooks since I was little. There’s something about putting pen to paper that makes me feel so good. It's like time slows down and I can finally be present in a constantly digitally-distracted era.
I’ve tried so many planners, agendas, diaries, notebooks, and, finally the bullet journal method, then since we've launched our very own bullet journal, we're often asked which is best: a planner or a bullet journal?
Ultimately, you need to find a system that works for you, something that suits your needs and life.
As you've read, both planners and bullet journals are excellent planning systems. So why choosing just one? 😁
In fact, after almost three decades of research and testing, I finally found my perfect method and balance.
I currently use a planner AND a bullet and paper book to organise my life. In my current setup, I register my thoughts and write my daily gratitude notes on my 2019 planner while I have business, trackers, to-do lists and schedule on my BuJo. I love this solution. It really works for me because I like to keep my personal stuff and inner thoughts separate from my business world.
And maybe it's just because I'm the founder and owner of a stationery business (pun intended), but I do love my current solution.
So, how does your current organisation looks like? Do you use a bullet journal, a planner, a desk planner or any other thing?