There are so many ways and ideas on how to bullet journal. What I have found is that bullet journalling isn’t one size fits all. It’s really personal and you make it whatever you want it to be. Personally, I have found bullet journalling digitally is super useful for a better mental health.
I’ve been bullet journalling for a few years now and over the past year, I have been using it to help with my mental health. Initially, I started with notebooks and fancy pens but now I do it digitally by using my iPad. This makes it easier to travel with. It feels more secure than having a note book lying around and it’s better for the environment. now I prefer using my iPad to bullet journal.
There are a couple of great digital notebook apps you can use ‘Paper’ by WeTransfer is great and I also love Notely . I use it for practically everything from writing notes, keeping track of finances, and bullet journaling.
With both apps you can either create your own notebooks or they sell their own custom notebooks in their online stores.
How to use bullet journalling for a better mental health
Track your mood
Tracking your mood is so important. It helps remind you on the bad days, things can and have got better. I’ve tracked my mood previously with various different ways; marks out of 10, listing moods or even drawing smiley faces but I find colour coding just easier. It’s all about finding what works best for you.
Using a colour coded system helps to remind me that mental health isn’t black and white, and that it’s an array of colours. It also helps identify things or people that trigger lower moods on bad days and vice versa with good days.
Manage your goals
In my post, ‘How I achieved all my goals in 2019‘ I mentioned using Paper to track my goals. For my mental health it really helps having things to look forward to and reasons to keep going on any bad days. Using a goal tracker helps with that and I use it to set out both long and short term goals.
Tick off your reading list
I mentioned in my post about Non-fiction books that I would recommend to everyone that reading is super helpful for my mental health. In my bullet journals I keep a section where I can compile a list of books to read. I use mine as list of books I want to read in the future and track the ones I have already read this year.
Complete to do lists
I’m nothing without a to do list. They help me get through every day and remind me of all the things I need to get done. And on bad mental health days they remind that I have accomplished something, even if it is something small. A massive part of bullet journalling for me is to do lists.
Track your good mental health habits
I monitor habits that I know are good for my mental health. Habits like yoga, no social media days, playing piano, meditating, reading, not eating junk food etc. and shade in days when I have completed one of those habits. I try at least to do one if not more a day as I find they help with my mental health.