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10 Reasons Why You Might Stop Bullet Journaling And How To Prevent It

10 Reasons Why You Might Stop Bullet Journaling And How To Prevent It

Key Takeaway

  • People quit bullet journaling because they may not have realized what they were getting into and start to feel overwhelmed
  • At first, it seems really easy to accomplish but you got overwhelmed
  • Understanding why something didn’t work for you is important to understand what does
  • These ten reasons could help you better understand why and how to create a bullet journal method that works for you
  • You don’t have a bullet journal setup that works for you
10 Reasons why you might stop bullet journaling

Your Journey With Bullet Journaling

Getting started with bullet journaling can be an incredibly rewarding experience: it gives you the opportunity to organize your thoughts, plan out a schedule, and even track your progress over time. But as with anything, sometimes things just don’t work out the way we had hoped. That’s why it’s important to understand why something isn’t working for you so that you can prevent it in the future. Today I’m going to be discussing 10 reasons why you will stop bullet journaling and how to prevent it. This list will help you find answers to why bullet journaling might not be working for you and how you can prevent these issues from arising in the future.

1) You Are Not Getting Results From Bullet Journaling

When I started bullet journaling, I thought for sure it would be the solution to all my problems. It is a powerful tool for organization and planning, and great for your mental health so it seemed like a natural fit for my needs. However, I quickly realized that bullet journaling will not solve all my issues. You won’t magically get rid of any stresses or worries when you start writing in a journal — it can definitely help but there’s more to it than that.

You might start working on small goals like continuing to drink eight glasses of water per day or breaking an unhealthy habit, and while those are great steps they will only take you so far. (Check out this article to help you understand how to tackle problems better) You also need to focus on updating your journal as your life changes if you want to see results. You could also look into different activities or lifestyle changes if you want better results with your bullet journaling experience. A gratitude log is a nice item to add because it reminds you of the great things going on in your life.

2) Bullet Journaling Can Be Time-Consuming

Bullet journaling can be an incredibly rewarding process, but it’s also important to balance it with other activities. Even if you want to invest extra time in creating elaborate spreads and exploring different aesthetics, remember that you can still keep a valuable bullet journal within a limited timeframe. Think about the frequency of your journal entries. Instead of a daily log think about a weekly spread instead. You may find that after going all out with the creative side of bullet journaling, you no longer have the same amount of time available to dedicate to this hobby.

Consider exploring bullet journaling products as well – they can drastically reduce the time needed for activity logs and weekly spreads, leaving more time for deeper reflection and more meaningful growth. (You can check out my favorites HERE) There are a lot of resources that you can use to streamline your process, such as pre-made Bullet Journal spreads.

Rather than trying to create something from scratch and getting overwhelmed by design expectations or aesthetic rules, take advantage of these helpful tools so that you can focus on the most important thing – actually enjoying the bullet journaling experience! Bullet journaling should never feel like a chore – be mindful of your scheduling needs, and use bullet journal techniques when it suits where you’re at right now.

3) Not Putting In Enough Time Or Too Much

Underwhelming Outcome

The amount of time and effort you put into journaling is essential. If you’re reducing yourself to minimal work, it could be underwhelming you and not reaching your full potential. As a visual person, I understand the impact aesthetics have on your motivation to return to journaling. If a journal looks aesthetically pleasing and well taken care of, it can instantly bring a smile to my face!

The amount of thought and detail you decide to include in the journal brings out more creativity and shows that you were thoughtful in creating it. I would even go as far as saying if there are no aesthetics involved in your journal, it could make it hard for you to find true happiness in keeping up with it – and nobody wants their reflection/journaling space to become a negative object in their life! It is important to recognize how an increase of effort can help improve your overall view.

Too Much May Be Overwhelming You

If you’re looking for a way to sign off on the day and relax, journaling can be a great way to do so. The important thing to remember is that it should still feel therapeutic and rejuvenating – not like another task that needs to be completed. The amount of time you are putting into your journaling could be affecting your view of it: if you spend hours customizing and creating special pages for your journals, it can quickly become overwhelming. It might even keep you from actually picking up the journal. The key is to find a balance between making something enjoyable and functional with how much time and energy you are willing to put into it.

Understand What Matters To You

The amount of time and effort you are putting into journaling should be tailored to you in terms of the level of updating that works best with your lifestyle. After all, it is only when the frequency of journaling matches the way you live that it will make for an enjoyable experience. The same applies to other things within your journal, like writing styles and visual aesthetics. If these factors have a big impact on how you appreciate your journaling then spending more time perfecting them could be the key to realizing their true value. At the end of the day, even if frequent updates to a journal sounds daunting, the brief burst of creativity required could make all the difference in discovering what a positive experience it can be.

Bullet Journaling to a calmer you

4) You are spending too much time on Aesthetics

Evaluating whether or not to include aesthetics in your bullet journaling is important. You may be spending too much of your valuable time and energy focusing on the aesthetics and the perfect spread, and not enough on the actual reason you started journaling – staying motivated and organized! You don’t need to clutter your pages with intricate designs or spend hours choosing themes just so that everything looks nice.

You can still have creative flair without going overboard, and keeping with a minimalist style will ensure that you stay focused. Move towards simple spreads and more in line with a traditional planner instead. If time spent perfecting the aesthetics of your journal is impacting your productivity, maybe taking a step back from aesthetics is the best option for now.

Enjoy Your Energy

You don’t have to spend endless amounts of energy on creating aesthetically pleasing pages in your bullet journal. (Here are some ideas for spreads so you don’t have to overthink it) You can still create an eye-pleasing journal by following a more minimalist bullet journal approach. This means that your daily spreads or task lists don’t have to look overcrowded or busy.

You could add creative titles or art pieces every few pages, so you will be able to enjoy some visuals without making everything too intricate. You also don’t need to focus so much on aesthetics; create a page encouraging inspiration and creativity one week, then try keeping everything more minimalistic the next. An added bonus from taking a more minimalist approach is that you will get more meaningful tasks done faster! You can still find joy and stay inspired while keeping yourself organized.

5) Your Journal has become a negative object

Your bullet journaling has become a negative object in your life. It’s the same thing day after day: write down tasks in your weekly planner, plan for the rest of the day, and go over any remaining actions you have to complete. Your journal has almost become like an overflowing to-do list, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and dreading having to fill it out.

To break away from this cycle, use your journal as a place to add quotes that inspire, future ideas to look forward to, or pieces of art that make you happy. Incorporating these elements will make it much more enjoyable to write in because you no longer view it as just another chore but rather something which elevates your moods and provides some joy within your otherwise busy lives.

To move forward, try not to overload yourself with too many tasks or expectations on each page of your journal. Make it fun by bringing items that make you happy onto each page. For example, if you’re excited about an upcoming trip, create a list of places you plan to visit. Enjoying the process and finding joy in it will help bring back the positivity associated with bullet journaling.

6) You weren’t realistic with yourself

You weren’t realistic with yourself when it comes to your bullet journal trackers and goals. You can set unrealistic expectations without realizing it. We are all striving for improvement, but there are ways we can make gradual changes that will help us reach our goals in a better way. Instead of trying to make drastic changes overnight, focus on the small victories like drinking more water or getting more sleep.

A journal cannot actually change your life – only you have the power to do that through patience, perseverance and working hard every single day. You wrote down those goals for a reason and it’s important to stay focused on them, but don’t forget to be kind to yourself as you work towards them. You have the strength within you to accomplish anything you set out to do – all you have to do is start!

The journey towards your goals can seem overwhelming at times, especially when you have written several ambitious ones down. You must focus on tangible actions that move you forward one step at a time. You must start at the beginning, break your goal into smaller parts and focus on one task within this goal at a time.

You may not accomplish 20 tasks in one day, but just pick the top few priorities. It can be discouraging when you are working hard and yet don’t feel that you haven’t gotten as much done as planned. Remember to be realistic with yourself when it comes to your bullet journal so that it can serve as an effective tool for achieving your goals.

7) Your Journal Isn’t Catered To You

Journaling is something that will take time to perfect, but the results can be seen if you design it in a way that works well for you. Your journal isn’t exactly catered to you and your particular goals or needs; instead, it requires some experimentation, and attention from you as the writer in order to get the most out of it. A good starting point is just making a simple task list with about five tasks and seeing how it works for you.

If this doesn’t seem to do the trick, try playing around with different layouts or spreads – don’t be afraid of trying something new! A flexible bullet journal may be the ticket for you. With a bit of trial-and-error and practice, you will be amazed at the rewards your journal provides.

Don't Compare Yourself To Others

8) You Are Comparing Yourself To Others

When setting up your bullet journal, it can be exciting to find creativity on the internet. There are wonderful aesthetics and designs that you can use as a reference but remember that they are there for your inspiration and not to be copied. Your bullet journal should reflect your individuality and your experiences, so take some time to create something unique and one-of-a-kind.

It’s so easy to get sucked into comparing our work to other people’s when we are scrolling through Instagram feeds and Twitter posts. Remind yourself that the bullet journals you see on social media are usually their best efforts—which may not always reflect reality—so keep this in mind when comparing your own works to others in the bullet journaling community. Ultimately, aesthetics should be fun, so trust Your heart and make Your bullet journal Your own creation!

Keeping up with the perfect bullet journal can cause a negative effect on how you view your own work. If you are comparing yourself to others and feeling like you’re never doing it as well or as beautifully as they are, remember that we’re all unique and our journey in creating the perfect bullet journal is a process.

You won’t start off knowing where to begin, or being able to draw the same exact picture someone else drew. You don’t want to feel disappointed in your own work – take pride in it! You can get there one step at a time, gradually make changes, and experiment with colors and designs – don’t focus so much attention on other people’s successes, celebrate your own!

9. Expecting Perfection And Making It Too Complicated

As an avid journaler, I’ve had my fair share of experiences where I expect my pages to be perfect. My habit tracker is more involved than the habits I’m trying to track! While starting a spread can be exciting, it can quickly turn into frustration if you’re expecting perfection from yourself. Not only that, if your spreads are too complicated with intricate designs and colors, it will drain the enjoyment out of journaling altogether.

Fortunately for us, there are plenty of helpful supplies available to help make spreads without having to worry about being perfect! In our article on the best supplies for creating spreads, we detail a few of these ideas such as stencils and pre-made sticker spreads. Give them a try so you don’t have to keep struggling with expecting perfection – journaling can (and should!) still be enjoyable!

10. You Don’t Have The Right Equipment

You’ve noticed that you don’t have the right equipment for bullet journaling, and it’s causing your spreads to look a little sloppy. You don’t want to take on more work than you can handle, so having stencils and washi tape on hand can save you the time and energy of perfecting your own intricate designs.

You might also find yourself getting confused if different items in your journal aren’t color coded so a set of multicolored pens can help with that. If everything you buy leaves you feeling less organized, why not invest in a kit? (You can find some of my favorites HERE) That way, all the items required for your bullet journal can be packed away in one place for easy access and reference.


Bullet journaling is a great way to stay organized and keep track of your thoughts, tasks, and ideas. However, it can be difficult to know when bujoing isn’t working for you and what could be preventing success. Whether it’s due to perfectionism because of social media, lack of equipment or supplies, a bullet journal system that doesn’t match your needs, or the time commitment required, it’s important to recognize the signs and take action.

The most important thing is that you find a system or practice that works for you – don’t feel discouraged if bullet journaling isn’t your cup of tea! Don’t quit bullet journaling, understand why you are feeling the way you do. Everyone has their own way of staying organized and productive – figure out what works for you and go from there! The great thing about bujoing is that you get to create your own bullet journaling journey so create one that is perfect for you!

If you have any questions for me or the community please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are all here to help each other along our journaling journey. If you felt stuck before and got out of it, please share your tips and your thoughts with the community.

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