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 journalling is touted as “the mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system.” Devised by New York-based digital product designer Ryder Carroll, The Bullet Journal Method is a bullet journalling system that helps 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, now 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, an allergy logbook; 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, reviewing your journal helps you track your progress and achievements and gain that sense of accomplishment at the end of the week/month/year.
How to get started
The fun part of BUJO? You get to set it 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 prefer the week to be spread over a one or double-page spread? Do you wish to combine Saturday and Sunday? Do you like working on a theme, drawing and painting or sticking 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 setups 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 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 feel 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 4: After all, it is your BUJO, and you do not have to account for anyone but yourself.
Read on to find out how you can get started. We also have some great suggestions for those who prefer ready-made journals with thought-provoking questions, ready for some contemplation in the new year.
Learn all about BUJO
Leuchtturm – the mother of all BUJO
Moleskine – the classic journal of all time
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For those who love to write, draw and paint
Prefer to safe keep your notes digitally? Moleskine's Smart Writing Set can help you effortlessly transcribe your hard-copy text and images into the digital realm. The new and improved Gen 3 has an upgraded charging time, standby time and enhanced touchscreen sensitivity for a smoother user experience. With eco-friendly paper and a smart pen, you can memorialise all your notes and scribbles in the digital realm. Compatible with Apple and Android gadgets.
Guided journals for result-oriented peeps
Stationery to accompany your BUJO journey
All you need are stickers, washi tape (or not) and a few pens to 'prettify' your journals. Here are a few stationery suggestions to get you on your way to bullet journalling. Most importantly, have fun!
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