Using A Pre-Designed Planner For Bullet Journaling

October 17, 2016 3 Comments

How are you?!

I realized yesterday that this is the twelfth week of homeschooling and the ninth week of college. How exciting! I believe that means that fall semester is half way over and  WINTER IS COMING…Ahem, sorry I had to.

using a weekly planner as a bullet journal

Anyways, for the past nine weeks I have been using three inserts in my traveler’s notebook that have already-set-up systems, one for a month, one for school and one for blogging. I did this cray cray thing, along with setting up a Happy Planner for homeschooling, because school life is hard, the struggle is real and I thought maybe it would save me some time.

using a weekly planner as a bullet journal

How has it worked out so far?

I like it to a point, there are good parts and parts that I do not like very much, which I will talk about later. But using an insert that is set up for your week does get the job done. In my school insert, from Paper Penguin Co. on Etsy, there are two columns. One I use for my schedule one i use for my homework assignments. This set up does work nicely for the most part but I find it a tad repetitive and because I only go to classes Monday through Thursday, there is a lot of unused space at the end of the week.

using a weekly planner as a bullet journal

For my blogging insert, also from Paper Penguin Co., there is a full week on one side and a grid page on the other. It works alright, I have modified it almost every week though because I haven’t quite been able to find what works just right yet with it.

In my monthly insert, I really have problems. When I visualize my month, I do it in a classic-calendar grid form, and it is hard for me to “instantly” understand my month in a bullet journal list for some reason, and I never end up fully using it. Now, the thing is, I also always forget about the month at a glance because it is in a separate insert. In the personal size all the little squares are too small to really use and it seems too busy. I wanted it because, hey, I’m in college and I need something to let me know about future events, but it doesn’t help if I never see those things, right?

using a weekly planner as a bullet journal


Pros of using a set-up planner for bullet journaling:

  • You do not have to draw out every week, every time…
  • You can plan far ahead because the days are already set up.
  • There is the simplicity of always having one layout.
  • Saves time

Cons of using a set-up planner for bullet journaling:

  • You cannot let your planner evolve with your day to day life.
  • There is only one layout.
  • You cannot flip to the next page and continue the same week, leaving only a limited amount of space to plan.
  • You do not get to individually design each page

using a weekly planner as a bullet journal

Will I continue?

There are enough pages left in each insert to finish out the semester and then I will put them away. No, I will be fully updating how I plan for 2017 and Spring semester. There are a lot of things going on in my life, so I will probably switch out that pesky monthly insert for something that will fit my life a bit more, like, hey, a little more creative bullet journal monthly set up with space for monthly goals and such! And I will have a huge planning week/end in December, fully mapping out all my plans, goals and monthly to-dos for 2017. Which can we take a second and realize that the freaking year is almost over!!??!!??!! Oh, my.

using a weekly planner as a bullet journal

Anywho, once my inserts for the rest of this year are completed I will be returning to a customized bullet journal system all the way around because I like the freedom of creating and changing my planner, even if that means it takes a little bit longer to set up. The customization to me is worth the time. I can’t tell you how many times I have been scrolling through Instagram and seen a calendar wheel or cool weekly set up and wished that I could just try it out… But I told myself I would wait it out till my books are finished 🙂

Have you ever tried to use a regular set-up planner to bullet journal in? What was your experience?

P.S. Have you checked out my new favorite bullet journal set up?!? I am seriously addicted and in love with this layout!

Until next time,

I am Kacheri, Wife and homeschooling mom of three. An Artist, a bullet journal lover, in love with adventure and nature. The ocean, camping and the moon are my zen.


  1. Judy Hudgins

    October 18, 2016

    I have the same issues. However, for 2017 I am going with a Hobonichi cousin for my planner and will still bullet journal in it. I will have to flip between monthly, weekly and daily, but I think it’s doable.

  2. Carmen

    November 3, 2016

    I like looking at all of the various examples, and there are many I would like to try, but I know I can’t pull them off full-time. I wish I could! I hadn’t thought of what I’m going to do next year though…hmm, now you’ve given me something to think about.

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