Bullet Journaling 101: 4 Mistakes I Made

Hey everyone and welcome to another post in my Bullet Journaling 101 series! I hope you guys are still enjoying them and are still able to take something from them. Which is actually kind of where this post is coming from.

By the end of June, I started to use my bullet journal a bit less but I still went into July with the intention of using it regularly again and making the most of it. After all, it’s sometimes I truly enjoy doing and love sharing with you guys. Well, let’s just say things didn’t quite work out that way. And I blame one of my biggest mistakes on it.

Mistake #1: Inconsistency

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I started off in my new bullet journal back in April and I was loving it. Every second I spent working on and in my journal was super awesome and I looked forward to getting to update it each morning (or at the very least every other day). But something changed along the way somewhere around the month of June and I ended up using my journal less often.

My habit tracker was kind of getting updated, sometimes a couple of days late but usually still somewhat in a timely manner. In July though? I don’t think I’ve actively used my tracker for 95% of the month. I also haven’t truly been using my other monthly spreads to their full potential.

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The one thing I enjoy filling in is my reading tracker but that might be because I can do it after the fact. Since I update my reading on Goodreads too, I can just check over there how much I read on any given day.

But yeah, as soon as I started using my journal less often and more importantly consistently, my motivation to keep doing my journal lessened more and more. Which is also why you guys didn’t actually get a July set up on the blog (I did set it up in my journal though, I just never shared it) or much bullet journal related content in general.

Mistake #2: Doing What Everyone Else Does

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I feel like this might start to play into why I’m using my journal less too. The fact that I’ve come to a place where I use a certain set of monthly spreads because I think that’s something I need to use.Β Everyone else has a set of monthly/weekly spreads they use so why shouldn’t I do it too?

But as I just mentioned, I haven’t been using my spreads to their fullest potential and they feel more like wasted space rather than something fun and exciting to do. Is it actually time to retire even more spreads? And come up with new ones I can use instead? Or find less ‘demanding’ ways of using my existing ones?

It might be high time for an extensive Pinterest browse to find some inspiration and motivation to get myself going again!

Mistake #3: Weekly Spreads

This is one of the older mistakes I made that also plays into the one I just talked about. But when I first started using a bullet journal back in 2016 I was deep into the bullet journal community on YouTube and everyone was (and still is) using these weekly and even daily spreads to organize their lives and I kept trying to use them too.

But I very quickly realized that I just wasn’t using them. Especially once I stopped going to school and no longer needed to keep my school related things organized.

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Is it weird if I start talking to myself for a second here? Because obviously I’ve made a similar mistake to above before and I fixed it by dropping what wasn’t working. Why do I act like I don’t know what I should be doing right now? If it’s not working, either find a way to improve it and make it work for you – or drop it. There, that’s your solution.

Okay, now let’s get back to my usual blogging, shall we? But yeah, it’s weird that my brain keeps being like ‘Oh no, what should we do???’ when the solution is quite obvious. xD

Mistake #4: DIYing

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This is something I want to kick my own butt for. Back when I bought my current bullet journal I went for a cheaper alternative because I really got into the idea of DIYing the cover to make it more pretty (in my own eyes) and all of that.

Well, I started off by spraypainting the cover in gold which kind of messed with the journal a little bit. Nothing too bad. But, I soon realized that I didn’t actually like the gold cover so I DIYed it once more.

I used some mod podge and torn out book pages to put a different cover on my journal which really messed it up. The glue holding everything together isn’t quite doing what it’s supposed to and neither is the binding. Which sucks. And annoys me. But I also don’t want to spend money on a new journal because I’m only about a third of the way through this journal. That would be a complete waste.

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What I’m trying to do instead is sticking it out and using the journal until I run out of pages and can get myself a new one (or, go back to the model I was using before). But I also kind of feel like this might be contributing towards me not wanting to use my journal as regularly as before – which is basically the big overarching problem, in my eyes.

But I want to be a responsible adult who doesn’t just throw money into the wind because something isn’t working quite the way they want it to. That’s no way to walk through life.

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How about you guys? How do you deal with situations that aren’t working out quite the way you want them to? Or when you realize that something you usually love isn’t as fun anymore? What do you do? Help a somewhat planless (or too stubborn) Swetlana out by dropping some tips in the comments down below! I’d really, really appreciate it! ❀

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10 thoughts on “Bullet Journaling 101: 4 Mistakes I Made

  1. Mistake 2 is definitely something’s everyone is guilty of at some point in their bullet journalling, especially when we are newly using it πŸ˜€ When I first started I also use a lot of spreads I didn’t need/use: birthdays, yearly reviews, etc etc. It took me a while to learn and a lot of paper wasted in the process πŸ™‚

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  2. Ooh I keep forgetting to update my habit tracker too! I also tried doing monthly spreads in the start because I thought it would be a good idea since everyone else does it…However, I never checked those spreads after I made them so I started sticking to weekly spreads instead (because I just use my bujo to keep track of my daily to do lists and other miscellaneous things like my tbr or what I need to buy).

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  3. I LOVE THIS SERIES, please do continue it 😍! I really liked that you also talked about the mistakes that happen during bullet journaling!
    I definitely can relate to a lot of them. I wasn’t using my bullet journal as much, when I was in exam season, because there was so much on my mind and I simply forgot.

    Same with the spreads. I’m trying to only do those that I really would use myself. I simply cannot do these super artistic spreads that I often see around … but I did invest in Washi Tape, which is great to cover up any mistakes you make πŸ˜„ Also, I never use weekly spreads as well, as I know that I wouldn’t really use them and they would probably feel more like a chore to me.

    I also totally get what you said about the Journal itself. I didn’t DIY mine, but I bought one that wasn’t ideal (very thin pages, weird spiral binding) and quickly decided to buy a new one. Luckily I hadn’t gotten too far into it!

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    1. Thank you, once again, for your super sweet words Caro! This is definitely a series I really enjoy doing but sometimes I just get stuck for ideas – I don’t want to do set-ups all the time. But hearing that at least one person is really enjoying them definitely gives me that extra bit of motivation! ❀

      Washi tape is THE BEST. I have so much of it (years and years of collecting it) and don't use it enough, to be honest. xD Actually, the funniest thing is, I just started using daily spreads again? I had set up my new journal and somehow felt like actually using daily spreads rather than a running to-do list and so far I'm doing really well with it. xD

      Oh how I hate thin pages! My new one has slightly too thin pages too but it's still working fine as long as I don't color in a ton of stuff. And spiral binding never works for me – I feel like it gets in the way too often, and I'm right-handed! I can't even imagine how annoying it must be for someone who is left-handed.

      You have to show me your journal and the inside at some point! πŸ˜€

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      1. Always ❀ I would be totally fine with seeing your setup for each month, because I’m always curious about that! πŸ™‚

        I have now collected a bit of Washi Tape, as it’s magic and makes everything look so much nicer! Oh that’s great! I don’t have daily spreads in my bullet journal, but I would love to see yours! I have just bought an additional planner (they actually had one in bullet journal style!!) for daily/weekly things, especially when university starts again!

        Thin pages are no fun and spiral binding bothers me a lot when it comes to bullet Journals, so my new one is way better! My new one has slightly too thin pages as well, you can always see a bit when I color in stuff, but it’s still definitely better than the last one πŸ˜€

        I actually plan to make a post at some point and show my Bullet Journal to the world πŸ˜€

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        1. I might share them on Instagram more often, I think? On my second account just so it doesn’t start feeling like a MUST DO THIS type of thing. πŸ™‚

          Hahaha, SAME. That’s exactly how I feel about washi tape too! And I have waaay too much of it at this point. Oh, YAY! So is yours the dotted kind rather than kariert? I can’t seem to find a dotted one no matter how hard I try. xD

          OMG PLEASE DO? You know I love seeing other people’s journals so I’m 100% here for this! πŸ˜€

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          1. Oh that would be cool!! I must follow your second account then! Let’s be real, I only have an Instagram account to stalk people xD

            Whenever I see it for real cheap, I’m like “Must. Buy. Washi. Tape” πŸ˜… I have a blank one! So there are no lines or anything! I got it from Aldi a few weeks ago when they had it on sale!

            YES I WILL! β™₯

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