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What do I really want from my bullet journal?

What all can the bullet journal system do for me? Could I get more out of my journal than I currently am? What do I really want out of this system? If you've asked yourself anything like these questions, keep reading.

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You've no doubt already seen there are many ways to use the bullet journal system. It's amazingly customizable. But have you found your way? The way that really fits your life?

If you haven't discovered Valerie at mom knows it all let me introduce you. She takes a good look at the various ways to bullet journal in her post an intro to the different styles of bullet journaling. Valerie addresses multiple purposes of the bullet journal such as:
  • daily planner, organizer
  • to-do list
  • creative outlet
  • memory keeper
  • personal improvement
  • productivity booster
You've probably looked into all these options before but maybe not from Valerie's perspective. She describes a number of ways within each category to get good use out of the bullet journal. Check it out, maybe you'll get some ideas you hadn't considered before.

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