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Can keeping a bullet journal improve your life?

Yes. Keeping a bullet journal can help improve your life. It's happened to me and to many others. Being disorganized is a common curse of the human condition. We all need a way to cope with this. Some are better at it than others Thankfully there is more than one way journaling can help us.

can bullet journal improve your life

Be careful when any sentence contains a phrase such as "studies show". Having said that, studies show the act of writing about heavy concerns can help one cope. The mere act of processing and recognizing a situation can have beneficial effects. Writing is an accessible way to do that. The official Bullet Journal website also has a good article on self care.

Eddy at the Calendex has a good list of 10 pragmatic ways the bullet journal can help you organize including journaling, time tracking, wellness tracking, and more.

Trang Le at has more of a meta take on 5 reasons the bullet journal can improve your life.

That's enough external reading for this post. This one is just meant as food for thought. As always, what makes the bullet journal system work for you is whatever works for you. But that requires knowing what works for you, and that may take some trial and error as mentioned here in a recent post.

There are probably other good reasons as to how bullet journaling can help improve life. Tell other people about it by commenting here. And be sure to subscribe!



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