What is a bullet journal — or BuJo as they are often called on social media? To be frank, it is a game-changer.
Do you wish you could be a bit more organized to make life just a tad easier? I know I do!
Do you TRY to be more productive, but when you read about simplifying, the articles make it look like a chore and it feels completely overwhelming?
Sometimes it seems like everything we read might as well be called “Simplify your life in 101 easy steps!” – I think things are made to be too complex. I mean, if you are trying to get more organized so life can be simpler, should it really be that hard? I used to think that a planner would solve everything. It didn’t. Here is why: I have a wall calendar with appointments and birthdays on it. I have the calendar from the school PTSA with all of the school activities on it. I have a gratitude journal. I have the standard spiral notebook type of planner. I have post-it notes sticking to my planner and calendars.
That is so overwhelming to me to have multiple “planners” and organizers to keep me organized. The reality is that it makes things unnecessarily complicated. And guess what? I am still not organized.
I had seen Pinterest pins about bullet journals and never gave them another glance. It wasn’t until my friend, Charlene, mentioned them that I decided to give it a look. We can do this together, friends. If you decide to start one of your own, I would love for you to stop back and share photos of what you have done.
What is a bullet journal?
Can I make a confession? When I read that a bullet journal is an “analog system for the digital age,” I almost ran the other way because it sounded intimidating to me — I almost thought it was just another complex way to “simplify” my life like everything else.
I first watched the You Tube video on the bullet journal and, again, I felt intimidated. It all seemed like such a daunting task until I re-watched the video and read more on the Bullet Journal website.
Ryder Carroll, the man behind this creation, says on his website that “all you need is a notebook and a pen.” He is right. I just needed to see that little reminder and read on to the part where he says that the bullet journal is “an evolving, adaptable practice meant to be self curated as you determine what works best for you.”
I tailored my bujo so that it will work for me. That is the beauty of a bullet journal. You need to do it in a way that works best for YOU, but when you do, it will be a game-changer in your routine!
The bullet journal is a simple and effective way to stay on track today and in the future.
The bullet journal is going to be your go-to book. It is like a day planner, personal diary, to-do list, sketchpad, and place to jot down ideas and inspiration all in one place.
The bullet journal focuses on being brief. Instead of long sentences, the idea is to use bullets and be a brief as you can to save you time.
The bullet journal is great for people who love stationery, pens, and who are visual. Because of its “systematic” nature, it also works for those who are more logical and who like repetition.
What are the parts of a bullet journal?
Index – This is a really important part of your journal, but it makes things easy. Do not fill this out until you set up the rest. You will want to know which page numbers (if your journal is not numbered, just do it yourself) go with which section. Again, this WILL make things go more smoothly.
Future Log – Have a designated space in the journal for each month. In the video, it has the next six months broken into three equal parts. It is a great way to keep your future events in one place. In my future log, for example, I have birthdays, concerts at school, and an August wedding written down. I like to mark down things I know are not for quite a while (like the half marathon my son will do again in September), but that need to be logged for my own sanity.
Monthly log – After you have carved out a couple pages for your Future Log, it is time for the monthly log. Write one month on the left page. You are going to write down the dates in the month (If you start with January, you would be doing 1-31 going down the page). On the opposite page, you can add tasks that you have to go with that month.
Daily Log – I like to do two days per page, but that is up to you! Write down the things that you need/want to do each day.
Collections — This would be things you want to keep track of such as grocery shopping lists, wishlists, projects, etc.
You can also track habits — exercise, meals eaten, how well you slept, water consumption, savings/spending, your mood, etc. in this journal.
The key to your journal?
The key. What? Yes, you will need a key in your journal too. Again, there is a suggested key on the Bullet Journal website, but you need to make your system work for you. I have seen hundreds of key ideas on the internet. Mine is pretty simple and I also added color coding just because the colors really help me stay organized.
Here is a look at my key page:
To be continued…
I just started bullet journaling this month. I am already seeing the benefits. I am saving QUITE A BIT of time by having my day to day life pretty much in this one book. What I would like to do is share with you how the process goes and stop back here and share any more tips I learn as I go.
I also do not want to overwhelm you. This should not be overwhelming — it should help minimize that feeling for you.
Next week, I am going to be back with more photos after I tweak mine a bit so it feels even more comfortable to me. Let’s make this something that we can do together and share!
Have you tried starting a bullet journal? How has it helped you? Any tips?
1/28 UPDATE: I hate to disappoint y'all, but quit my bullet journal! I am a total BuJo failure. I was MORE stressed trying to do it an felt so overwhelmed trying to get it "right" that I said "Screw it." Sorry, friends!