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Bullet journals vs planners

bullet journals vs planners

When you look through my blog, you will see a whole lot of praise for Bullet Journals. How to use them, what supplies to get, why you need one in your life right now!

Then you may head over to the Mindful Galaxy Store and see a range of printable planner inserts.
In your head, you might be thinking “This girl doesn’t know what she likes!”
But I am here to explain it all in this post – Bullet Journals vs Planners

Let’s cover the basics first

What is a Bullet Journal?

Commonly referred to as a “BuJo”
A bullet journal is an organisation system. It allows you to create the exact layout you need.
Basically, it starts off as a blank dotted or gridded notebook, and you take the time to transform it into a gloriously unique masterpiece.

Bullet journals are often used for forward planning, goal tracking and leisure. That doesn’t mean you can’t use it for anything you want. Some use it for wedding planning, some for budgeting and others to simply practice their drawing/lettering.

Bullet Journals also come with the benefit of making you more present in your life. Because you are writing everything down manually, you tend to take a lot more in, as well as being more intentional with what you write and plan.
This can also be very therapeutic, especially if you use your BuJo to assist in your mental health (I will be making a post on this specific topic in the near future, so make sure you sign up to our mailing list to stay in the loop!)

Pros of a BuJo

  • Extremely versatile
  • Small enough to take anywhere
  • Needs practically no supplies to get started (all you need is a pen and a notebook!)
  • Super affordable
  • Can be very therapeutic

Cons of a BuJo

  • Takes time and patience since you need to draw/write everything manually
  • Can be frustrating if you feel uninspired
  • Harder to maintain if you don’t have any interest in the therapeutic benefits it can offer

Who are Bullet Journals perfect for?

They are perfect for anyone who wants to explore their planning methods, needs a unique system that isn’t offered anywhere else or loves the idea of releasing their inner artist!
Excellent for those who have long term goals to track (eg weight loss)

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What is a Planner?

Planners are glorious and have their own set of uses.
Generally, a planner is a binder that contains pre-designed printed sheets (such as the ones I create)
Planners can also be notebooks (also called a diary), but for this post, we are looking at the binder version.

Unlike Bullet Journals, planners don’t need the extra time to write out every single page, because it is already done for you.
There are thousands and thousands of pre-made and digital planner inserts.
We stock digital products, but an excellent source of pre-printed planner inserts is Chasing Planner Peace (Plus, their paper is like h-e-a-v-e-n)
Alternatively, you can go to popular stores such as Kikki-K and find a range of planner inserts and accessories.

On the topic of accessories, planners are also much easier to accessorise!
Bookmarks, clips, planner designs and stickers – there are thousands and thousands of each of these areas available online.
Can you accessorise a BuJo? Absolutely! Just not as easily or as much as you can with a planner.

Pros of a planner

  • Easy to use
  • Pre-made pages, making it a faster process
  • Lots of accessory options
  • Excellent for short-term planning/schedules

Cons of a planner

  • Bigger and bulkier
  • Limiting, depending on your needs
  • More expensive
  • Harder to track long-term goals

Who are planners perfect for?

Planners are perfect for the person who needs it all done, and just wants to track their lives but prefer focusing on the short term.

Bullets Journal vs Planners – Which one is better?

You are probably still wondering which is better in the Bullet Journals vs Planners debate.
The truth is, there is no “better” overall option. Just what is better suited for your personal preference.

I use both. I converted from planner to bullet journal, and never looked back. That was until I started my business.
It quickly became apparent that I needed a fast method that didn’t take up time when I needed to get work done. (That is why I created our Business Planner Bundle – I use it daily!)

I still use my Bullet Journal weekly – Goals, personal errands and mental health are my BuJos key duties now.

So, tell me

Which do you prefer? Bullet Journal or Planner? Or are you like me and loveeee both?
Or do you use something entirely different, such as an Erin Condren Life Planner?
There are so many options available, and there is no right or wrong.

All that matters is that you find the best fit for you.

Jess is an aspiring blogger, born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. After relocating to remote Christmas Island, Australia, to be with her fiance, she became a mother for the first time. As a long-time sufferer of anxiety, Jess knew that as a mother she couldn't keep letting it take control of her life. Using the power of planning, Jess has learned how to use her passion for organisation to minimise anxiety and maximise her self-worth. Now she runs her blog, Mindful Galaxy, to bring all of these lessons straight to you so that you can live your best life.


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