It’s no secret that there are a lot of misconceptions about bullet journaling. A lot of people may be intimidated by the seemingly “perfect” bullet journals online and come to the wrong conclusions about the “right” way to bullet journal. And that’s why I’m here to debunk five myths about bullet journaling!
Myth #1: Bullet journals must be “perfect”
I’m sure there is not a single bullet journalist who has never made a mistake in their journal before. People are more likely to share spreads that turned out really well, which sometimes creates the illusion that someone’s journal is “perfect.” This is sooo not true! Everyone makes mistakes.
Sometimes, when I mess up, I just leave it. Other times, I try to come up with a creative way to work around the mistake. And other times, I just cover it up with a sticker or wite-out tape, or I flip to a new page and start fresh. All of these are fine!
Myth #2: There are specific rules a bullet journal has to follow
The original bullet journal modules are not meant to restrain you; they’re meant to guide you. From bulletjournal.com:
A good way to look at the Bullet Journal is as a framework. This framework consists of modules. Modules are methods designed to help collect and organize specific kinds of entries. The power of the Bullet Journal is that you can mix and match these modules to best suit your needs.
The bullet journal system is supposed to be adapted to fit whatever you need. If you want to stick to the original system, that’s great, but don’t feel like you need to.
Myth #3: You have to be artistically talented to be a bullet journalist
Wrong! Some people incorporate art into their bullet journals, but that doesn’t mean you have to. If art isn’t your thing, you can totally have a bullet journal that doesn’t incorporate it. You don’t need to be talented to have a bullet journal. There are a lot of minimalist journals out there where the journalist simply writes everything out in their regular handwriting without adding embellishments. That’s totally cool!
Myth #4: All bullet journals are colorful
Wrong again! There are plenty of journals that are done in simple black and white. Some bullet journalists enjoy using color, and some bullet journalists enjoy sticking to a minimalist color scheme. In fact, Ryder Carroll, the inventor of the bullet journal, has a simple, minimalist color scheme:
Myth #5: You need fancy supplies to bullet journal
The only necessities for bullet journaling are a notebook and a writing instrument. Those are the only two things. You may feel sometimes like you just have to get those new markers, or one more roll of washi tape. And fancy supplies are in no way bad! I love trying out new pens and tapes and things. I have a lot of different supplies I use in my journal, but fancy pens are not by any means a necessity. You can bullet journal with any random notebook you have laying around or can find at the dollar store. Same goes for pens. Everything else is optional.
I hope you enjoyed reading about these 5 bullet journal myths! Can you think of any others? Let me know in the comments!