Ok But for real Taako dropping his disguise spell actually kills me cause you know YOU FUCKING KNOW he was 100% sincere about that shit. You can hear it in his voice, and it actually breaks my heart a little at how he like, actually sounds a little, unsure? like he genuinely thinks Kravitz might feel differently about him now, because of this.
One of my favourite things about Taako is how he’s got this insecure side that we only rarely see? He’s so good at keeping it hidden, pretending like he’s this endless well of confidence, but then you get these little things, here and there. I’m worried nobody else will have me and him immediately glamouring his changed appearance in Wonderland, and so this is what I look like now, and I just wanted you to know in case that changes anything, for you.
And like, the way he INSTANTLY jumps back into troll mode once he’s got that reassurance. Like he has to pretend he didn’t just have this very real, sincere moment., has to pretend like it’s just a prank. cause playing it off like a joke is easier than admitting to being vulnerable. haha that was a actually a test your face is a skull half the time.
I just. I have so many feelings about this scene. I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT TAAKO I LOVE HIM SO MUCH UGH UGHHH
not to be dramatic or anything but nobody will ever love me as much as jason todd loved his birth mother who he knew for literally like an hour
this woman sold him out to the joker and stood there and smoked a cigarette while watching the joker beat her son nearly to death and did literally nothing to stop it, barely even shows any remorse, and jason still uses the last of his strength to drag himself across the floor to untie her and shields her from the bomb blast with his own body and some of y'all still have the nuts to say jason is a bad person im sorry but y'all can eat my entire ass
What all instances of flirting, like I missed so many lmao
yOU ASKED SO I DELIVERED HERE U GO (AND I WAS EXTREMELY SELF-INDULGENT W SCREENSHOTS SO APOLOGIES FOR THIS POST BEING LONG AS F):
:16 dan is acting out what they’re like in these bomb videos and immediately seizes the opportunity to playfully punch phil’s arm repeatedly. phil, for his part, just sits there and looks adorably bemused while dan is yelling. love it
:33 dan does some sort of sketchy fist gesture, phil immediately reacts to it even though it was generally benign, in a blatant subversion of their normal roles w making innuendos/sexual jokes. they both giggle
:47 phil goes into a whiny voice to say how he really wanted to do an exotic bomb and then hums the generic vlog music they always use. dan tries to look annoyed but just giggles some more
:56 dan’s like ‘so i reckon we need to actually beat more than one in this section’ and leans in all close to phil and phil’s like ‘alright! okay!’ in the flirtiest voice ever i wanna die
1:16 ‘so I’m gonna bomb first, i think you should read first,’ says phil and the ensuing exchange where he’s just cheekily giggling while dan is acting all exasperated is just so cute … and uh, i can’t be the only one who thought there was a pretty blatant sexual undertone to phil saying ‘just tell me what to do. i’m your putty. mold me into whatever shape you want.’ … and dan’s eyes go momentarily wide while he says it. nice
1:52 dan calling phil ‘felipe’ lmao what even
5:32 when they’re epically failing and they’re about to lose, phil does his instinctual pat of dan’s arm to tell him they have fifteen seconds left and it’s cute
5:50 the look they share immediately upon losing, before phil just breaks into giggles
6:14 phil going ‘what is something that flops like more than anything else in the world’ with an utterly impassive poker face purely to wind dan up and see him laugh is one of the most simultaneously adorable, hilarious, and impressive things i have ever witnessed
6:36 thIS WHOL E EXCHANGE w dan asking if phil thinks it’s his (dan’s) fault that they didn’t do well that round and saying ‘you can be honest’ with wide puppy eyes, and then phil saying yes, he thinks dan was pretty bad that time, and then dan trying to look shocked n appalled while still grinning:
and then screeching that phil is supposed to lie!!!!! and phil just consolingly being like ‘well you were flustered …’ like trying to be a bit reassuring,, honestly fucking end me, that was one of the cutest bits in this whole vid, they’re just so comfortable w each other and I’m dying
9:33 onwards when dan is retaliating by telling phil he should be able to decode this morse code thing just bc he litro can’t let phil’s criticism go. he is a child. i love it
9:53 when phil says it’s too hard, dan’s all ‘NO WE CAN DO THIS PHIL’ and slams his hands on the table and leans into phil’s space just to grab the manual and its all v cute
10:27 ‘shut up rat’ omg i lost it at this. and then a few seconds later ‘shut up turd.’ dan is really top notch at verbally abusing his partner
10:53 phil v abruptly shush-ing dan in order to cut off what was sure to be a long and hysteric rant about how unfair the last round was. i love how instinctual that was for phil, like he just knows dan’s about to go off and neither of them have time for it, and then dan immediately complies when phil tells him to shush hahah
13:25ish during the really stressful new one that they didn’t really understand i noticed that they kept bumping arms until they just decided to keep their arms touching for basically the rest of the time until the bomb goes off and it struck me as maybe being a way for them to subtly kinda be like ‘we’re all right it’s all good’ and ground each other. cute
14:04 the look they share AGAIN when they lose
and the whole exchange up until like 14:35 where they’re debriefing and just talking to each other, sort of forgetting the camera exists. I LOVED watching that even though the v obvious jumpcut suggests they cut a bunch of it out bc it was just dan walking phil through the instructions for the new module and phil just leans in all close and lets dan guide him and i loved their facial expressions during that part AHHH it was just so comfy n GOOD
15:35 dan telling phil about the new module they’ve never done before by singing it, i felt like this was yet another example of him trying to keep the energy light and non-stressful so that phil would stay calm and it’s cute that these videos have so many instances of them trying to look out for each other like that (but then dan is actually kind of bad at this and spends a lot of time screaming when he’s doing the bomb and i cried laughing at the bit at 18:11 when he’s jst high pitched squealing for a few seconds)
18:26 the looks they share!!! YET!!! AGAIN!!!!!!!!! when they lose!!!!! (partially obscured by the explosion effect lol):
18:51 dan proudly proclaiming that they probs have above average communication skills when they’re not stressed or trying to be entertaining bc apparently they are unable to do one of these vids without mentioning or alluding to their psychic connection and best friend mind meld
ahhhh watching them work together in this game is the fucking best and they were just so happy in this one, it was so palpable and hilarious and fun to watch, as though all the fun they have together is actually contagious. i love them and this video series so fuckin much :((
Zelo is so comfortable around Yongguk its actually adorable. Every interview or show they’re on Zelo is usually quiet and lets everyone do the entertaining. But when he’s around Yongguk his entire exterior changes, he’s so much more talkative (for zelo) and smily and goofy.
Bad and awkward jokes, weird distance and stiffness, nervous fidgeting and adjusting, Jensen constantly reaching out for reassurance, basically “do you like me do you like me do you like me” on repeat, god he is so desperate, and a little possessive because it’s all just so new, Misha’s playing it cool but poking fun at Jensen is way too fun to pass up (he also does humor him quite a bit because, yeah, ok, he’s cute), tender, NEITHER ONE OF THEM KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE DOING BUT THEY’RE CLEARLY SMITTEN
Onstage orgasm??? Jensen has NO idea what to do with his face let alone the uncomfortable boner he’s sporting? “Am I turned on? Am I afraid? What is happening?”
This was a weird one because it’s the first Cockles panel after the alleged breakup. It’s probably my least favorite because nothing really Gay happens, but I do have to talk about it a liiiitle. There’s some distance between them and some awkward fumbling, but Jensen is trying REALLY HARD TO PUSH THROUGH and he even puts his bracelet from JIB2 on again, he’s extremely masculine and a little cocky (it’s very hot), it’s one of the really rare moments when Jensen takes control of a situation and pilots with his stage persona? Lots of “just dudes being guys” moments. Misha slowly thaws out and the mood improves but they’re not quite at a strong level of comfort yet. Weird moment when they no homo away Destiel that drags on for way too long, almost overcompensating.
Noteworthy: “We get a tingly feeling when we hear it so we know it’s you.”
Best possible improvement after JIB3. Soft friendship, lots of blushing and “ums,” real shy and tender and a lot of tension that sneaks out in laughter and bad eye contact, which promptly gives way to wild energy and close hovering, stuttering and big smiles and adjusting, awkward gestures, constantly making fun of each other, pulling on pigtails and clumsy teasing, a kind of self-consciousness runs through everything but they are sweet and steady and push each other past the discomfort, so much sexual tension
THE WHOLE RESUME BATTLE DEBACLE???? Will there ever be anything more iconic than this? Utterly ridiculous, the ultimate flirty pigtail pulling
SO VERY GIGGLY, really dumb gags, soooo smiley!!! it’s actually stupid!!!, bodies under extreme gravitational pull like seriously they are constantly moving into each others’ space, HIP CHECKS!!!, reminiscing onstage together, no blushing just chill and happy and playful and secure in each other and themselves, heart eyes to the extreme
This has nothing to do with anything but they both look so good. Jensen’s hair and Misha’s shirt (the color!!!) and he’s tan and they color coordinate and they’re so happy and ugh I just love it. One of the most aesthetically pleasing panels even if Mish is a string bean
Comfort, easiness, not extraordinarily Gay™ but clear love there. Very family oriented with a hint of dirtiness? They keep the romance alive but their lives are so much richer and fuller and they’ve come together over it, you know what I’m just going to start listing things you’ll get the idea
“My friend and protector”
“Save it for when we take our pants off” *Jensen reaches for his belt*
bulldozing and steamrolling over one another, Jensen flat out ignoring Misha for several minutes to talk about his own thing, much to Misha’s annoyance
they literally go on for 15 minutes unprovoked in their own little world before realizing that they should probably take questions, “i think this is just two idiots up here talking”
big laughs big laughs everything is hilarious jensen is such a disaster
drinking “apple juice” with their faces on their knees side by side
A Good Mood, composed but really no fucks given, the throes of sexual passion have left them behind to be replaced by soft introductions and quiet comfort in each others’ space, overflowing compliments but also constant poking fun at each other, reading each others’ minds, silent communication, in sync and slowly getting closer and closer together, sass, innuendos like you would NOT BELIEVE and from MINUTE ONE, but then they also get excited talking about…. phone plans and saving money, commiserating about being old and bitter together, rambling, oh no, much more chill than last year
Misha’s full bodied laughter, kicks his actual feet up in the air so we see the bottoms of his shoes
Guitar playing :(
Both influence and When Harry Met Sally making… a comeback
it literally just happened so bear with me if this is incoherent but we got about 40 minutes - not even a full hour!! - in which Jensen Ackles told the story of when he first realized he was in love with Misha Collins while wearing matching shirts that he bought for the two of them and it’s so……… unbelievable. i honestly don’t have enough critical emotional distance at this point to rate this in comparison to other cockles panels but i know without a doubt that this moment will go down in my book as one of the absolute best ones
So how is one expected to choose!!! They are all gay and all terrible!!!! We’ve gotten to see an entire spectrum of relationship development, from crush to starting over to securely together to honeymooned to new dads to Old Dads. It’s incredibly rewarding and all you have to do is pick out your favorite stage of the relationship to get your best answer.
Of all of these though, I have to say that JIB4 and JIB8 are probably my favorites, with JIB5 and JIB6 also being a very strong contenders. I like the panels that show off Jensen and Misha’s friendship first, the moments where they can really let loose and just be silly with each other without reservations, whatever form that takes. I live for that.
SORRY I DIDN’T REALLY ANSWER YOUR QUESTION AND I DEFINITELY WENT ON SEVERAL TANGENTS OH WELL
I’m sorry but the… “so is cold sweat” + hair stroking is SUCH an unecessary moment. It’s Bellamy, actually making a move on Clarke, just like Clarke did with the hand-nuzzle on ep3. It’s the sweetest gesture of all, I love it so much, the way he does it so naturally, so softly. It was pure love, that tenderness your partner has just to make you feel good for two seconds in the most intimate and gentle way possible.
“Change your mind?” Alexei teases, only feeling a tiny bit worried. He doesn’t
think Kent will actually bail on him, now that they’re both in their suits and
the hall is surely packed with their families and teammates. Bittle would cry
if anything happened, Alexei thinks. And then skin both of them alive.
But then again, Alexei did see Runaway
Bride twice with Snowy, when he was first learning English and someone had
the brilliant idea that the best way to learn is to watch all the classic
romcoms. Snowy, it turns out, is a big fan of Richard Gere. Kent doesn’t look
like he’s ready to bolt, but he did seem skittish, and in the
movie, Julia Roberts had been very skittish.
“No, never,” Kent says, taking Alexei’s hands and rubbing his thumb over
Alexei’s palms. His hair is already a little mussed, the untamable cowlick
threatening to pop back up. “Not about you. I know I’m an ass about a lot of
things, but you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
“Good to know,” Alexei says, letting out a breath of relief. “You tell me now,
then what you say for vows?”
“Oh, God,” Kent laughs nervously. “Oh man. That’s—that’s the thing. The vows.
In front of a bunch of people. I could probably do it. Maybe. You wouldn’t
happen to be carrying Xanax on you?” He chuckles and scratches the back of his
neck, but his jaw drops when he sees Alexei rummage in his pockets. “Wait, I’m
just joking. I don’t actually—what the
hell is that?”
“No, no, no. Hermione, please. Like you would know-”
“Excuse me, Ron. I know plenty-”
“Oh, really? Because suddenly kissing a guy in the middle of a war isn’t exactly asking them out.”
“Oh, shut it.” Hermione blushed but otherwise looked proud of herself. She turned to Harry. “What do you think, Harry?”
Harry didn’t respond. He was still looking off to the Slytherin table. By this time Malfoy had stopped meeting his eye and was now angrily talking to his friends.
“Er…” He finally released his gaze on Malfoy. “All those ideas sound great…”
Hermione crossed her arms, “Really? Which ones?”
“Harry, mate. We’re trying to help you out here.” Ron chastised. It sounded all too much like Hermione for his taste.
“I’m sorry! I just… Maybe I shouldn’t even do this.”
“What?” The two said in unison. A couple students around them gave them funny looks. “Oh, mind your own.” They snapped at them. Again. In unison.
“You’re both getting creepy.” Harry grimaced.
“We’re getting creepy?” Ron raised an eyebrow. “What about you, Mister Suddenly-Super-Into-Mal-”
“Ron!” Harry shushed him.
Hermione rolled her eyes, “Oh, please. I saw this coming.”
“How?” Ron turned to her. “Why?”
She looked at him, unimpressed. “Ron. Sixth year.”
“Ooh… Okay, yeah.”
“I thought he was a bloody Death-!” He stopped short at their amused faces. “Piss off.”
“Okay, seriously, though. Bet. Yes or no?” Ron asked the two of them.
“Yes.” Hermione nodded.
“No.” Harry crossed his arms.
“You’re really back and forth with this, Harry. You don’t want to do it, you do want to do it…” Ron said.
“I-” Harry started.
“He’s afraid that asking Malfoy out as a bet would make it seem like it didn’t count as an actual date. Or, that Malfoy will reject him. He’s also afraid that he might actually have genuine feelings for his archnemesis, rather than any other person in the world, much less at this school.” Hermione smiled sweetly and took a bite of her toast. “Unless I’m wrong.”
Harry narrowed his eyes at her but otherwise said nothing.
“You’re so smart, ‘Mione.” Ron cooed, looking at her dreamily.
“Thank you, love.” She replied, mirroring his expression.
“Ugh, okay. Fine. Bet: yes. Now help me decide what to do.” Harry said, wishing to Merlin he wasn’t in between them.
“Okay, so, I say you just ask him right out,” Hermione suggested, looking back to Harry.
“What? 'Mione, please. Malfoy is way too prideful to just agree to a date like that,” Ron said matter-of-factly. “If anything, we have to mess with his head. He’s expecting Harry to ask him out, yeah? So ignore him. Then, little by little, ask him small stuff, but make a big deal of it.”
Ron clasped his own hands together and feigned a look of innocence. “'Malfoy? Mind if I ask you something?’ Then turn it around and just ask him if he dropped his quill or if he knows the homework for potions. Eventually, he’ll get so mad he’ll basically ask you out. Which works, since the bet is about the date, not how you get it.”
Ron grinned at them, proudly, but his expression slowly morphed to confusion at their faces, “What?”
“Ron…” Hermione said breathily, unsure of how to react. “That… Was really thought out.”
“Are… Are you sure you don’t want to date Malfoy?” Harry started to smirk.
“Wha-?” Ron’s face went red immediately. “Piss off! George and Fred gave me that relationship book, remember? When I was trying to date 'Mione.”
Harry snickered, “That book was brilliant.”
“Ugh, and it worked…” Hermione rolled her eyes. Then she gasped. “Oh, Merlin… Harry. It worked.”
“Yeah? What are you getting at?” Harry was still smiling cheekily at Ron, who was currently trying to cover his face.
“Ron’s plan to date me. It worked.” Hermione looked at him meaningfully.
Harry’s eyes widened, “Oh.”
Ron looked up, his face still red, but now wearing a shit-eating grin. “Guess we go with my idea.”
Harry smirked, punching him in the arm, “Better work, you prick.”
Ron punched him back, “It will!”
Harry looked back to the Slytherin table. Malfoy was gone. An odd feeling clenched in his stomach. Somehow, he felt that ignoring Malfoy was easier said than done.
I hope you all know that 70% of this fic is created by all of you telling me how much I should continue it <3 The other 30% is procrastination. Anyways keep screaming at me I think it’s working.
do u have any tips on how u can figure out/guess someone's moon sign ? theres these two lovebirds in my class and theyre awful and hes a leo and shes a cancer but we all know the real shit is at the moon (and venus when it comes to love™) signs
leo and cancer couples seem so messy ndndndn but i love this question so here u go (also this is from my pov and my own experience so dont quote me on this lmao)
aries moons are those attention seekers u know they dont ASK for it but they end up getting it and enjoying it?? and they can be real messy and angry when emotional tbh (fire moons are so emotional smh no one says that about them but they are)
taurus moons are so?? stubborn? and critical like they want people to think they’re chill u know from a distance but inside they’re fucking DYING and wont tell anyone abt it
gemini moons are the easiest to spot ndndndn look for the non stop talking bitch whose attention span doesnt EXIST and u can talk to them all u want tbh they’re not even listening, they’re just waiting for THEIR turn to talk and hoard the conversation
cancer moons? did u mean? angels sent from above? they’re my personal favorite tbh, when they really care about a person YOU JUST KNOW like they’ll listen and care for u a lot but on the other hand, its so visible when they dislike u bc they’ll just pretend you dong exist, they’re soo transparent i swear
leo moons are ICONIC i swear some of the most entertaining people out there, i just have so much love for them, they’re real sunshines always trying to make the world a better place for the people they love (but watch out for the undeveloped ones and their huge ass ego)
virgo moons?? i’ve only known one my entire life and she was a mess tbh but she was also a gemini so i cant blame her, they just need constant reassurement that they’re doing good tbh JUST TELL THEM U LOVE THEM
libra moons are not my cup of tea when underdeveloped like they’re just the Ultimate People Pleasers 3000 but still on the other extremly superficial? they’re not all this bad honestly though the developed ones are like human versions of a cotton candy but i still??? idk??
scorpio moons are such wildcards honestly u know never what ur gonna get like, is this scorpio moon a mean bitch with a god complex?? or the sweetest most caring person u’ve ever met? anyway im both
i loveee sag moons with my entire heart ugh they can be a little “ill do things my own way so fuck you” but they’re also like reallyy funny and optimistic and serious when they want to be, god i would die 4 them
capricorn moons are soo easy to spot ugh and i KNOW this is a stereotype but they’re sooo sarcastic like i knew this girl who was a cap moon and i always thought she hated me but turns out she really liked me and that was her way of expressing emotions? idk tbh they seem like robots but deep down they actually have feelings (i think)
aquarius moons ugh ive known 2 in my life one was a cold ass bitch who only had like 3 friends and didnt talk to anyone but still somehow was superpopular ?? idk and the other is probably the most fun loving person ive ever met ugh i still miss her tbh
pisces moons !! hidden gems!! such kind hearts ugh i always love them so so much they’re just trying their best tbh they might be too emotional but they’re TRYING
(also message me if u still dont know bc i can help u out lmao)
how would sabo ace zoro and mihawk when their partert want to cuddle? sorry for the bad english :‘v
A/N: I’m not joking when I say that I had so much fun writing this, I didn’t check so there might be some words that don’t exist… now they do so it’s cool, thank you for requesting!!
Sabo would react different to his s/o wanting to cuddle, depending on the situation
If him and his partner were with other people or out in public, he’d probably get a bit uncomfortable and embarassed
He would still cuddle with you tho, bc he just loves to cuddle
If you were alone however, he would tease you a bit and act like he doesn’t really want to
“Cuddles? You really can’t live without me, can you? Am I really that great?” - “…Shut up, Sabo..”
“I don’t really feel like it, I’m just so busy at the moment, ah…” *fake yawning* “But if you really want to, I guess I can take a little break for my fans- Hey! Where are you going!”
He actually asks for cuddles more often then you do, bc he’s so… ugh cute
His hugs are very intimate, he doesn’t really like to have too much body contact with people he doesn’t really like/knows, but likes to touch the people he loves (does this sound weird?)
He likes to hold his s/o close, hold the back of their head and put his chin on the top of their head
If his s/o is taller/the same heigh, he likes to have his arms around their hips and just lazily support his head on their shoulder
blows on your neck bc you hate it and then kisses it as an apology
hate that kid
Okay, this guy…
Oh I have to search for XX, but you want to cuddle? Sure!
Oh I have to help XX with this thing, but you want to cuddle? Yes!
Oh I have to fight this dude bc he’s danger to the world, but you want my hugs? Of course!
Anytime, anywhere, just call for him and he will be by your side
Loves it when you ask for him and shows it visibly with a big grin
Is a sunshine whenever you need him
His hugs are the bestest, no joke
They’re warm, tight, long and just feel so right…. god
Ace likes to stay in the arms of his s/o as long as he can, because he just feels so good with them
lazily kisses your cheek/neck/jaw/head whatever he’s close with, maybe even spins around with you still in his arms
feels like he’s needed when you ask for him and that makes him feel good, that’s why he likes it so much :(
If you both lay together and try to sleep, he’ll most likely be the big spoon and just stroke your back with his warm fingers
Everytime you wake up tho, he’s the little spoon and you’re just like…. ace do you maybe want to be the little spoon tonight?
“UhM, nO?!….. ok maybe.”
Once fell asleep while he was hugging you, the others noticed and asked if he really just fell asleep and you went like nah he’s just playing so they wouldn’t tease him, see that’s what I call true love
Umm, excuse me what?
A swordsman doesn’t cuddle, he suffers
Get’s extremely embarassed if you ask him for cuddles if others are around
He just turns into: “?!?!”
It’s weak to cuddle and he just can’t go around, showing everyone that he likes to cuddle, what the hell dude!!!
Turns into a little puppy in your arms
Is not really into PDA, especially if the stupid cook is around, so he asks you to stop asking for cuddles in public
You get lowkey hurt and just go ok :/ but then he sees you being sad and kisses the top of your head while he walks by and you just go :)
If you’re both alone, he likes to “hold you in his arms only”, especially when you take a nap together but you guys just cuddle with each other, kisses and stupid jokes and stuff
You like to trace his muscles with your finger and he just feels so… manly
Acts like he doesn’t but his stupid smirk gives him away
There was this once time where he had gotten lost somewhere for days and you got so scared that when you met again, you sprinted into his arms and hugged him like crazy in front of everyone
Everyone just went like YOOOO what
Snooji didn’t stop teasing him for days and then one day you just turned around and went
“at least he’s getting some”
Zoro kissed you for 5 seconds straight in front of crying jamie oliver
He just stares at you for a few seconds, sighs and opens his arms for you, only a tiny bit, but you saw it and now you’re in his arms
If you’re with other people, he wouldn’t care at all, just act like he always does and throw his arm around you in Mihawk- style
He likes to play with your hair and slowly go through it
Secretly smells your hair
Seriously, he does
I’m not joking
His hugs sadly don’t last very long, he’s a rather private person and doesn’t like someone being too close to him for too long, no matter who it is
Makes an exception if you’re emotionally not feeling well
Kisses your temple once and strokes your head in Mihawk- style
Mihawk likes to drink wine with you in his lap on some days, only if he’s feeling rather… wild ;-)
Perona caught you once in his arms and went like wow mihawk you have feelings who would have thought that
and he just goes fuck off peasant *sexy annoyed mihawk- style stare*
Is not really into cuddling before sleep, but is OK with you being the little spoon
starts to like it after some time bc you always smell so good
Which do you prefer a bullet journal or a planner? Also what do you do with your weekly spreads when you're done with them or after the disc is full? Much thanks xoxo
Hi! I’ll do a bit of an in-depth review since a few people have asked about this considering I’ve been showing more of my Simplified Planner on Instagram!
Bullet journals (pros):
It is a really clever idea at the root of it - simple, practical and easy to follow organisational tool.
You can be creative - I’m not super creative in comparison to others but bullet journaling still gave me a chance to test out my creative skills! I don’t draw or anything like that so it was a new avenue for me.
So much customisation ability - It obviously gives you more personalisation in terms of what you can add in, how you structure your routine, and overall look. I thought this was a good alternative for me who hadn’t really found a planner I was 100% happy with.
You can use any book, pen, etc - I started my bullet journal in a half finished math book of my sisters! I use some highlighters and a black pen, nothing super fancy!
It is an inexpensive option - You really just need a book and a pen. You aren’t committing to a $20, $30, $40 diary or planner that you might not keep using.
It is adaptable - I think this is a key thing, you can use it for anything - even beyond just a to-do list. Lots of people have specific pages to track a million things.
You can change it up - If you find that doing a daily spread one week really doesn’t work for you, the next week you can change it. There are no rules and you can make it fit you and your routine exactly.
You can photograph it (lols) - I’m sure if because you’re asking, you’ve seen the numerous pictures of bullet journals. The bujo community and study community have somewhat intersected as students have picked up on the system. Lots of people love the inspiration and ideas which others have so it is cool to share!
Bullet journal (cons):
You might feel like you’re not ‘good enough’ - this was something I struggled with when I first started bullet journaling. Everyone had sensational spreads, like works of art!! As cool as I thought it was, I didn’t want to recreate them since I knew it would be a disaster :’-) I think, as it is now, there are a lot more simplified designs which show you don’t have to be an amazing artist, calligrapher, etc to do it. (Kind of a con if you’re quite self-critical, but has a positive end?)
I’m a perfectionist - this kind of leads in from the previous point, but I liked everything to be neat, tidy and organised so when I messed up my bullet journal I’d just get frustrated. I’d either redo the whole thing or just get so demoralised I’d give up. As I’ve relied on it less and less, I found I wasn’t as fussed if I made a mistake. I would often write the wrong month or date and often thought “fk it” and just let it be. But not everyone can do that, so it is a big issue when you’re just overloaded with expectation.
It takes time - for me, planning a single spread would take upwards of half an hour. I did things methodically so I didn’t make mistakes or waste paper which then mean it took even longer. This is a key factor for students who might not have the opportunity to spend an hour (or more) designing, draft, drawing and writing up a spread.
I didn’t find it to be great for looking far enough forward - with the amount of time a single page took, I’d really only do a week spread at a time. This was a bit of a downfall because I wasn’t keeping up to date with what is coming up in the next week or month and I’d often forget things if I was relying solely on my bullet journal. This is obviously the flaw in my system so might not be a problem for others, but worth mentioning.
It is up to you to maintain it - bullet journaling isn’t the kind of thing you can use yet take a week off making a spread. There are blank weeks in my bullet journal where I either didn’t have the time or couldn’t be bothered to do it. In those weeks I’d just end up using an alternate organisation method since I didn’t feel the bullet journal was the only reason for my productivity. (Does that make sense?). Sometimes it can be hard to get the motivation to create something and I’ll happily admit it wasn’t worth it.
I don’t have enough to enter - this kind of came up for me at the beginning when I tried to be quite specific what I put in there. I didn’t really have many tasks and questioned if I was wasting my time making a fancy spread for just a few tasks.
It is ready and waiting to go - once you’ve purchased a planner, you can get straight into using it. There is no looking into how to set it up or design it. Everything is already sorted, waiting for you to put pen to paper.
There are so many choices - like bullet journaling, it is cool to have a design that works for you, however with loooots of stationery shops available it is likely you can find a design you could work with. You can find a book cover and inside design to match your personal style, the planning method, etc.
Planning ahead is much easier - for me as a student, this is what has moved me further towards using a planner. As I mentioned, I was struggling to make more than one spread a week (and never did monthly spreads, I did a breakdown for January but after that, it stopped). Having a planner where you can see weeks in advance is so useful!
It is so easy - when compared to a bullet journal, you barely do anything with a planner. Just write in the dates, tasks, etc, and you’re done. No need to spread an hour researching and designing. This is definitely a big plus for me. It just saves so much time that I can use to actually finish things on my list!! I’m also not left with that “ugh, got to make up a spread” feeling when I’m not interested in doing it.
You can still somewhat customise your planner - it obviously doesn’t have the same capabilities in terms of personalisation as a bullet journal but you can make additions. Lots of people use stickers, post it notes, washi tapes to spruce up their planners.
It is generally a nicer design that a bullet journal notebook - for me, I love looking at planners (lols, you can tell I’m a stationery addict..). There are so many pretty covers, designs, and layouts you can get! For instance, I am loving the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley. I’ve been a huge fan of her planners ever since I started a studyblr but could never justify $50 on a planner and then the potentially crazy shipping. I think the design is really cute. The colours are lovely. I’m all-around in love hah! Also, as a perfectionist, the planner has been meticulously designed. I don’t have to worry about me making it look perfect.
You might find you don’t like it - this has happened to me twice. I purchased a diary for 2015 which had blank headers which I used for my subjects. I thought it was really awesome when I got it and was super excited to use it. However, I quickly learnt that a weekly spread with tiny boxes wasn’t ideal for me who would get more than one bit of homework for a subject. I ended up not using it because it really wasn’t functional. Secondly, I was gifted a Kikki K personal planner last year after looking at it for months. I was really excited to use it but eventually realised that it was just way too small for me. I think before buying a planner it is worth doing as much research as you can or even replicating the design to see if you like it.
They can be expensive - this really is dependent on your budget and the brand you want but some can be hella expensive, especially for students.
If you give up on it (and buy something else), it basically becomes unusable - the 2015 diary I bought went unused for most of the year because I didn’t find it helpful. It was a bit of a waste in reality. However, if you decide bullet journaling isn’t for you can just use the remainder of the pages for something else!
I hope this gives you a bit of an idea on which to go for. I tried to think of everything I do and don’t like about both options, but if anyone has something to add, feel free! As for my old spreads, I’ll probably just put them in a draw when they don’t fit in anymore. I don’t think I’d throw them away either for design inspiration or photographing purposes :-) xx