Bullet journal: A history
A bullet journal isn’t an old concept and is often referred to in its short term, BuJo.
Ryder Carroll was in need of a system that would allow him to keep a diary, take notes, create to-do lists and plan for the future, something that would work with his learning disabilities and not hinder them. After sharing his rapid logging system with coworkers and friends it fast became a ‘thing’, the planner community embraced it and creatives switched it up.
All of which was embraced by Carroll who supports and enjoys the growth.
I am, by admission, a planner addict and a stationery hoarder. I’ve got Filofax’s, spent crazy money on a Hobonichi, purchased a new diary because it was rose gold, don’t judge me. Also, notebooks that will find a purpose, washi tape because it’s so pretty, sticky notes and new pens are just some of the necessary (I need them now) items that make it into my shopping carts because they all help me organise myself, my brain and my family.
Despite all of the above, I always managed to slip and life went back to being an unorganised jumble of 2 adults and 4 kids. All trying to be in the right place, with the right things at the right time.
Ooh! a bullet journal!?
So why is this one different?
The journal generally embraced as a Bujo is a Leuchtturm 1917 dotted (like mine above), squared or the bullet journal edition, though any notebook can become a BuJo.
Within its pages you can create yearly, monthly, weekly and daily spreads, helping keep track of who is where and when; After school clubs, Trips, work hours, birthdays.
You can create lists to your hearts’ content; Presents to buy, presents purchased, books you want to read, books you’ve read.
Track old habits, create new habits, forward plan and strive for personal goals. This is probably one of my favourite uses and I’ll be exploring this more in future.
Catch it all
The best part I feel, it’s all in one place. Having it right in front of me keeps me accountable and my family, home and life on track. If something isn’t working for me I can change it, expand on it or drop it completely. If I find I could use it later on, I can pick it back up and create a new spread.
And, as a creative, the freedom to design makes me very happy!
I’ll be sharing more of my bullet journal and getting deeper within the pages. Sharing with you the current spreads I have, how I use it to keep on top of household chores, strive for life balance and track the family movements.
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Do you use a bullet journal? Is it something you’d like to try? Has it helped you create balance? I’d love to hear from you!
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