Bujo? What is that?
BUJO is short for Bullet Journal and if you are a list person this is the answer to all of your listing woes. Woes being where did I put that list? Did I remember to bring my list? I started that list a long time ago, where is it now?
I discovered bullet journaling about almost two years ago and now cannot live, actually I cannot function without my bullet journal. It keeps me sane, keeps me organized even on my most disorganized of days, it helps me be a better mom, friend, daughter, and wife….yes you read that correctly. For my peri-menopausal brain this is a life line for time management, life balance, remembering important things.
At first bullet journaling looks a little overwhelming – a bit hard to understand. Especially for those of us who are “rule followers” or “instruction” junkies. Give me A. do this B. do that C. now this and I am a happy camper. With bullet journaling there are so many options, so many ways to do this, it’s like a free for all. Well that is actually part of the beauty of the process. You’ll see.
As a list person I used to have all kinds of lists in various places. On sticky notes, legal pads, small spiral notebooks. On loose leaf pages of paper, the backs of receipts, on the whiteboard, on the mirror in the bathroom…you get it, EVERYWHERE.
One day skimming through Pinterest, bullet journaling caught my eye. I started pinning, and reading, looking at pictures and decided to take the plunge and try this for myself.
In a nutshell a bullet journal is any blank journal where you can now keep any and all of your lists bound in one place for easy reference. Sound easy? YES! Because it is. If you start skimming and pinning at this point you may get overwhelmed so here are a few simple steps and some pictures.
What I do next is set up my months starting with whatever month we are in, I did a little experimenting to see what month layout worked for me. I am basically very simple and just a little creative – some people are VERY creative and are very fancy with their monthly, weekly, daily pages. I start off with my months and go about a year out.
I use my bullet journal for my calendar: monthly, weekly, daily and even yearly planning.
I use my bullet journal for any projects I am working on – such as a party I am planning, vacation planning, Christmas gift buying, home improvement etc… I just start a page, label it at the top and make my plan or list of things to buy. Record the page and title in the index and bam! Easy reference to add things, check things off, remember things. I even have a “names to remember page” because I am TERRIBLE at remembering names but determined to improve in that area.
If I need to call the insurance company, cell phone company, doctor's office and record notes from my conversation – bam! Bullet journal page, easy reference for later all bound up, won’t get lost or forgotten. Amazing.
Planning an awesome summer with your kids – bullet journal page – write down your summer wish list again it won’t get lost in the shuffle.
Making a list of books to read – add it to your bullet journal.
I think you get the idea – I hope you do. Ok so now when you start skimming and pinning on Pinterest you are going to get overwhelmed (especially if you are not artsy). Don’t overthink it and don’t think you have to be a fancy lettering person, make cute doodles for all your lists or even use colorful pens. A black pen, a pencil, a ball point pen – doesn’t matter. This is yours and yours alone.
If you are a list person – trust me, this is your answer. Creative or not – this is for you!
I consider myself a very simple bullet journaler. If you have any questions please ask! I would love to help you.
In the meantime, to help you get started, here is a link to a bunch of boards and posts about bullet journaling found on Pinterest.
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Hi! i'm Heidi,
Founder and Author of the SOS Blog. Simply Our Society exists for poetry lovers, book lovers, parents, midlife women and those recovering from eating disorders and hidden abuse. My hope is the SOSblog will become a resource to make life a little better and easier (with a special emphasis on this crazy season called midlife!).