It happens to everyone. One day, you’re hugging your Bullet Journal because it *gets* you, and the next, you’re staring at it wondering why you two don’t talk anymore.
Alright, it’s not as dramatic as I made it sound – but it does happen in the course of forming a habit. You just don’t want to do it today. Or aren’t quite feeling it today. Today soon becomes a couple days, a week, a couple months – and poof, habit? What habit?
If you love Bullet Journaling like I do, it’s pretty disappointing when you just aren’t that into it anymore. It could be any number of things – boredom, lethargy, not seeing the results you want to, etc – that are robbing you of the spark you’d felt initially. But if you wish to rekindle the romance, here’s a bunch of tricks that may help. People resist the formation of habits for various (pretty subjective) reasons, so a fair bit of reflection becomes necessary as you wade through the following tips.
Take a break
Yep, take a break from Bullet Journaling. If you aren’t feeling it anymore, you just aren’t – don’t fight it. Instead of forcing yourself to log entries every day and resenting what you once loved so much, take a short break – a week, fifteen days, your call. Some distance helps. While you do this, it’s important to keep a soft deadline for getting back to journaling, just so your break doesn’t turn into a break-up. Making notes as often as you can (even on the break) helps too . Not logging tasks, just notes about how you’re feeling, the events of the day and so on. This practice lets you track your mood and figure out if your break from journaling is a symptom of something larger you need to address.
Fight the guilt
I assume taking a break from building a habit when you’re really keen on it would make you feel pretty guilty (if you’re anything like me). But you really gotta fight that feeling! Guilt and habit-formation are not friends, so don’t beat yourself up for missing weeks of journalling. It’s a break, you’re allowed to take breaks, and it’ll only make your relationship stronger!
If you don’t want to take a complete break from journaling, you can try experimenting with how you approach your bullet journal. Do you enjoy one aspect over the others? Stick to that, then. When I got bored of journaling, I stuck to writing notes, jotting down inspirations and ideas, and doing weekly migrations of sorts – because these are the things I love most about Bullet Journaling. I also noticed that logging tasks (and not completing them) was making me anxious, which was in turn, making my journaling miserable. So I ditched the logs for a bit. When I craved some structure in my days I got back to logging – but reduced the number of tasks I was aiming for. This helped build back my love for daily logging, one tiny task at a time.
Protip: don’t be afraid to tweak this system and make it put in the work for you.
If none of this is working and the Bullet Journal is no longer serving you like it should, feel free to break up. We’re all different people with different needs, and you’ll find a system that fits you well – there are plenty of other productivity fish in the sea. Life’s too short to be married to a system that doesn’t love you back.