There’s something about putting pen to paper. More and more people are rediscovering the joys of making scratches on paper, creating permanent marks (never mind the mistakes) in the form of bullet journalling (BUJO). In fact, there is an entire BUJO community on the Internet that is more than willing to share ideas, inspiration and tips.
What is BUJO?
Bullet journalilng is touted as “the mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system.” The Bullet Journal Method was devised by New York-based digital product designer Ryder Carroll. Simply put, a bullet journal is a system to help you get organised and stay productive.
The bullet journal methodology is meant "to help you track the past, organise the present, and plan for the future."Ryder Carroll
Methinks, the new year is a good time to start practising mindfulness through journalling.
How does bullet journalling differ from the usual planners? A BUJO affords you the flexibility and creative space to put whatever you wish in your planner. Beyond birthdays, anniversaries and daily to-do lists, you can also add in your habit, mood, allergy or sleep trackers; use it as a brain dump, food log, gratitude journal; your reading, music and movie lists and more.
Benefits of bullet journalling
Beyond improving your handwriting, its psychological benefits include enhancing your memory and staying focused. Besides, there’s nothing like tracking your progress and achievements and feeling that sense of accomplishment at the end of the week/month/year when reviewing your journal.
How to get started
The fun part of BUJO? You get to do the set-up yourself and plan exactly how your journal looks. All you need to get started is a notebook and a pen. It can be blank, dot grid, or lined.
Do you want the week to spread over one page or a double-page spread? Do you want to combine Saturday and Sunday? Do you wish to work on a theme, draw and paint or stick to simple, no-nonsense boxes? Would you prefer to hand draw or use a ruler? Go with a monotone or pastel colour scheme?
A simple online check for "bullet journalling” will set your inspiration on fire.
Pro-tip 1: Start with simple set-ups if you are new to the BUJO game. As the months' progress, try referencing the set-ups or themes you prefer. Over time, you will learn which sort of set-ups work for your lifestyle.
And the best part? You get to choose how simple or creative you wish to be, based on how packed your schedule is or how you are feeling while planning your month's journal set-up.
Pro-tip 2: A bullet journal is meant to be a fun and effective way to get organised, so don't give yourself additional pressure to make it perfect. Making mistakes is part of the learning process.
Pro-tip 3: Washi tapes, stickers and the good-old liquid paper are your best friends to cover up mistakes.
Pro-tip 4: After all, it is your BUJO, and you do not have to account for anyone but yourself.
In 2022, why not consider a novel way of exploring mindfulness in the form of bullet journalling? Read on to see how you can get started.
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