Just Journaling

I am ambivalent at best toward online Bullet Journal culture, more often I find the ferver off putting. I have found the book 📚 to be none of that. Today, and yesterday, one line is particularly applicable:

When you say yes to one thing, you are saying no to something else.1

That point is much more broadly applicable to me too, but I’m focusing on today. I said yes to several things today: journaling about yesterday, errands, repairing a sliding door that wasn’t sliding,2 visiting with a friend, and making dinner. Making dinner to me means cooking and preparing, and serving, a time consuming thing. But it’s all making and sharing. It’s something that I haven’t said yes to enough.

But saying yes to these things means I didn’t say yes to some other things that are also important to me, but apparently less so? Or less right now? I’m not sure. They were less urgent. Working ahead of time on this blog post is one thing that got a no. And making some art with my plotter also got a no today.

Sidebar comment: It’s not the right time, but I am exploring alternative names to “bullet journal.” I am not a fan of the bullet in bullet journal. Maybe “just journal” or “right journal” or… hmm. I don’t know, it’s a work in progress.

I guess there will be more posts in this theme, this personal journey of journaling.


  1. That may be a paraphrase, I don’t have the book next to me as I write this. ↩︎

  2. A team effort and success that I am most proud of. ↩︎

J. Garofoli @garo