There comes a time in every Type A person’s life when they discover an organization routine that just gets them. For me, this was the bullet journal (or bujo if you’re a cool kid – I’m not). This not so new system of tracking has been all over Pinterest, Buzzfeed and YouTube for the last little while and I have started to incorporate it into my own life. Like most people who love this hobby (is it a hobby? we’ll call it that), I have a plethora of notebooks, to-do lists, agendas and calendars hidden around my home and work office. Some hold secrets, like how much I hated Beauty and the Beast, while others are meant to keep me organized and on track with my work-life balance. The benefit of this creative beauty is that it does both! You no longer need to spend your time picking which notebook to hold your thoughts and which one to hold your calendar of Bumble dates because the bullet journal gives you the opportunity to do it all, in one simple and creative location.
It took me a while to get used to this little guy – and I won’t lie to you there is a part of me that wants the opportunity to rip out my first pages now that I have figured out my desired layout. But the basics are pretty simple – you can get a really good overview from this introduction to bullet journal article. The main vocabulary you should know when starting your bullet journal are:
- Index – easily accessible table of contents
- Yearly log – year view to keep track of your big events
- Monthly log – this can include your monthly tasks, goals, habits, etc.
- Daily log – notes and tasks for each day
- Key – keep track of what your symbols mean for quick journaling
You can add a TON of creativity in a short period of time by adding some fun tools into your bullet journal toolbox. To get started, all you really need is a journal and a pen. I chose the popular Leuchtturm 1917 notebook and Staedtler Pigment Liner pens. I did not expect to be a fan of the dotted journal without my usual lines for proper writing but I have been enjoying the level of creativity that the open pages allow for. Some other fun things I have picked up as I am starting out are coloured pens, washi tape, stickers and a ruler.
Once you get the basics into your book, the possibilities are absolutely endless. I have spent many hours exploring bullet journal layouts on Instagram and Pinterest over the last few months. These are what bullet journal-ers call “modules.” Some of my favourite additions thus far include habit trackers, book list, meal plans, travel guides, mood trackers and workout planners. Stay tuned to see my favourite layouts as I explore!