Bullet Journal Series: Journaling Through the Year (My Self Development Plan)

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Hi! Welcome to the first post in the Bullet Journal Series.

Your time is valuable. Therefore, I won’t waste it with a lengthy introduction.

Let’s Get Started!


Journaling Through A New Year | Do you want to organize your life and enrich your soul? Look no further. This post will walk you through the benefits of journaling and the value it will add to your life.


“A new year means a new opportunity to reinvent yourself and live the life you desire.”

CynthiaBrandel

Ways To Reinvent Yourself

My #1 goal for this year is to keep a bullet journal and to write in it daily.

There are many reasons I want to do this—stress reduction and mental health being on the top of that list.

For the past couple of years, I’ve struggled with depression. This year, I want to take the reins of my life and end that depression.

Using a bullet journal to organize my day has helped me to fight against my depression and focus on what’s important in my life.

My bullet journal has brought me clarity of mind and a renewed sense of purpose.

Do you want to learn how a bullet journal can benefit your life? Check out Why Everyone Needs A Bullet Journal In Their Life and How To Make One


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What Are The Benefits of Using A Journal?

Reduced Stress

Putting your thoughts on paper can help give you a new perspective on the problems you are experiencing.

Your journal provides you with a place where you can brainstorm and come up with multiple solutions to the challenges you are facing in your life.

Journaling is a great way to see all of your options and then decide which road you should take.

The first thing in my daily routine (other than coffee!) is to fill out my morning pages. You can snag my morning pages template for FREE here.

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My morning pages are just one piece of my work-life balance plan. They have been a huge help in battling my depression and setting myself up for the busy work day.

Emotional Healing

Too many people lack someone they can talk with or someone they feel comfortable with to discuss their problems.

Some of the issues you face are embarrassing. Journaling can help you work through the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing.

Ways To Use Your Bullet Journal To Improve Your Emotional Health

The list could on and on, but you get the picture. Writing your fears, worries, and doubts on paper helps to relieve the stress you are under.

After you have written down your thoughts and troubles, you can look at your problems with fresh eyes and gain a sense of direction and renewed purpose.

Tracking your moods, using a gratitude log daily, and planning out your day will help you to determine what aspects of your life you need to change.

“Your lifestyle is yours by choice.

Live intentionally.”

Cynthia Brandel

Self Knowledge/Self Discovery

You can also use your journal to discover new things about yourself that you may not have known.

Self reflection prompts are an awesome way to do this.

No one is perfect. There will always be something new for you to learn about yourself.

Journaling can help you to discover your imperfections as well as your more amiable qualities.

Once you have identified your imperfections, you can implement a self improvement plan and work toward achieving a work-life balance.

If you are interested in improving your life, but you don’t know where to start, check out Self Improvement: The Way To Live Intentionally

There are also lots of blogs (like this one) dedicated to self improvement and helping you find balance in your life. To check out a few, click here or on the image below.

Clarity of Mind

Do you ever feel like your brain is cluttered? I know I have.

Using my bullet journal, I “brain dump” all the clutter and the junk onto the pages and get them out of my head.

You can do this too.

Tips To Clear The Junk Out Of Your Brain

  • Cut away the negative influences in your life.
  • Focus on what’s important.
  • Use a daily gratitude log. (Click here to snag my free template)
  • Let go of the things you can’t control.

The three main methods I use to achieve clarity of mind are meditation, self reflection, and the morning pages.

Related Article: Obtain Mental Clarity In A Few Simple Steps


Why Should You Start A Journal?

There are so many reasons why a journal can be helpful. Other than the reasons mentioned above, here are a few more:


What Types of Journals Are There?

There are many different types of journals that you could keep.

I have two journals: a writing journal for thoughts related to my latest novel and a bullet journal for my daily life.

There are also gratitude journals, bible journals, self-healing journals, personal planning journals, garden journals, fitness journals, and many more.

The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can include in your journal.


Where Did The Bullet Journal Method Originate From?


The bullet journal method was written by Ryder Carroll (see a FREE Preview of his book below).

The theology behind bullet journaling is to live an intentional life

If you haven’t checked out what bullet journaling is all about and how using one will improve your life, I urge you to continue reading through the bullet journal series.

Not only can living an intentional and organized life change your future, but it also will enrich your soul.

Related Article: Why Everyone Needs A Bullet Journal In Their Life & How To Make One


What Should You Write About In Your Journal?

A journal is much more than just a diary.

When you think of the word “diary”, do you think of a book where you record your string of consciousness?

A journal is so much more than that. Here is a short list of the uses of a journal.

  • Tracking your finances
  • Setting goals
  • Keeping a TBR list
  • Menu planning
  • Drawings/Doodles
  • Favorite quotes or words of inspiration that you have stumbled across
  • Tracking your moods
  • Tracking menstruation
  • Planning for upcoming events
  • Social media planner

The list goes on and on!

Your journal can be so much more than a record of your memories.

Of course, if you are only interested in keeping a traditional journal, there is nothing wrong with that.

However, I prefer to keep a journal that is functional on multiple levels.

A journal is a place where I can dump all the junk clouding my brain. It helps me to keep my focus on what is most important in my life.


Journaling Through A New Year | This post covers the benefits you receive from journaling as well as several example of how you can effectively use your journal.

Your journal is personal.

It doesn’t matter if it is the prettiest thing you have ever created or the ugliest as long as it serves its purpose and adds meaning to your life.


How Often Should You Write In Your Journal?

You won’t get any real benefit out of keeping a journal if you only use it every few weeks or once a month.

If you want to reap the fruits of journaling, then you need to use it at a minimum of 2 to 3 times per week.

Make journaling a habit. Find a rhythm that works for you.

Start small with reasonable and realistic journaling goals and then go from there.

Set a reminder on your phone and put aside some quiet time where you can focus without distractions.

Now that you have decided to start a journal, where do you begin? Start by clicking on the picture below.

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