I was originally going to write this post as a Christmas gift guide, but have seen so many great ones already that I thought I’d do something different. And for some miracle unknown to me, I somehow managed to complete all my Christmas shopping in November! Yep you read that right. That’s every single gift bought and sorted before December.
So, in keeping up with my new tradition of planning ahead, I thought I would do a post on starting the new year right. Along with my usual list of new year resolutions, I have decided to start a BUJO. Being slightly OCD and an avid list lover, the concept of a bujo has definitely intrigued me. But it was actually my recent trip to the London Graphic Centre that inspired me to finally purchase a bullet journal and give it a go.
WTF is a BUJO?
So, I’ll start with the basics. A bullet journal – or BUJO for short, is essentially an organisation system. It was first set up by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer. And was initially just his personal journal and day-to-day way of managing time and priorities. Ryder describes the BUJO as a “framework for capturing your ideas” and envisioned it to be used to organise and plan.
The bullet journal system can be used for just about anything. From creating to-do lists, organising your time, planning ahead and even just journaling your daily life.
Why the bullet journal works
One of the advantages behind the BUJO system, is that it works for just about anyone. It’s great for people that enjoy creating lists and tracking things in some form or other. In particular for those that still use post-its or even create lists or reminders on their phone. And whilst the process is manual, it does help to focus priorities.
The act of physically writing something and checking it off a list is also very satisfying. I mean, who doesn’t love that feeling of pure accomplishment once you finish a shopping or to-do list?
The bujo is as practical as you make it. Don’t feel you need a certain type of notebook or pen to make it work. The bullet journal is a concept, the tools you use to execute it are up to you. It is also adaptable and ultimately the potential uses for a bullet journal are limitless.
Is this just another fad?
Whilst the wonderful aesthetics of the bullet journal is making it’s rounds on instagram and pintrest, the real beauty of it happens offline. Using a bujo forces people to use a pen again! Something that I think most of the general population rarely do now. The nostalgia of writing again seems to have sparked creativity in those that have started using it.
It also seems to tap into the recent rise of mindfulness which I think has been a key driver in it’s success. However, the fact that using a bujo is useful and has a purpose, makes me think this will go beyond just the current trend.
So what can I actually use my BUJO for?
The creator of the bullet journal system intended for it to “track the past, organise the present, and prepare for the future”. And the simplicity of the system means you can adapt it to what works for you. Using these three basic principles you can use the bullet journal for just about anything…
- Daily/weekly to-do lists
- Meetings or appointments
- Financial tracking: savings, purchases, budgeting
- Bucket list & goals
- TV or book tracker
- Shopping lists
- Packing list
- Gift list
- Event/party planner
- Wedding planner
- Meal planner
Personally, I’m still figuring out exactly how I want to use my bullet journal. But one thing is for sure – the OCD person in me is enjoying having various lists and using a pen and ruler again! If you do fancy trying out the bullet journal for yourself, make sure you check out London Graphic Centre. I recommend the Leuchtturm dotted notebook which is perfect for those just starting out.
But essentially all you need is a notebook and pen. And no matter what your preferences are, you are ultimately in control of how and why you use it.