If you remember this post, you know that I bullet journal. Back when my bullet journal was like that, I thought it was minimalist. (I mean, it was by the standards of some people in the community with beautifully artistic journals, but I digress).
Before, I used a Moleskine notebook and a vast array of fancy pens to achieve the look I had.
Somewhere along the way, I found I wasn’t using my journal as much as I used to, though. I thought about it and pondered why I wasn’t in love with my journal anymore.
And then it dawned on me that it was just too complicated.
I had to put in too much effort to keep up with what I had, and I constantly felt pressure to make my journal as pretty as those I saw on Facebook, Reddit, and other social media sites. It was no longer about me; it was about what everyone else thought of my journal. Now, this was super silly because I never even posted pictures of my journal on these sites, but I still felt this insurmountable pressure to be just like everyone else.
Now, I’ve completely changed the way I journal. I now use the Arc system, some printer paper, and a cheap rollerball pen. Compare that to the list of supplies I had before, and you’d be surprised. In spite of that, though, I’m a lot happier with my journal now than I ever was before.
Now that I’ve switched up my journal, I keep up with it more. I journal (almost) daily, and it’s so much easier. All I do is draw up a pretty header (if I feel like making it pretty that day) and then add my tasks, events, etc. for that day.
Overall, I’m much happier with this more minimalist approach.