To the Point

Apoorva Tadepalli:

Among the community that has formed around “bullet journaling” — a style of organizing tasks and experiences in a notebook using different sorts of bullet points — something similar may be happening. Looking at the plethora of planning and journaling blogs on Instagram, you can see these “bullet journalists” journal about journaling, documenting an image-driven aura about their writing process rather than writing about much else.

This was definitely something to read if you’re interested in Bullet Journaling like myself. While I don’t typically follow the “aura” of the Bullet Journal as the author suggests throughout the piece, I do find myself taking photos of journals and sharing my #BulletJournal experiences.

While I am focused on “self-care” in so far as I am trying to take care of myself, I do not submit to how typical Bullet Journals look. I reject the notion that your “second brain” should be neat and organized. That’s simply not how brains work. Organization can still be found, but the original idea of “rapid logging” should be the priority. Write now, organize later.

It frustrates me to be lumped into the typical Bullet Journal community because I don’t use my notebook as an art project. I advocate for organized chaos and reflecting yourself on the pages instead of setting up the ideal portrait for your future.