First: I’m not trendy. I’m mildly aware of what is trendy, but rarely do I give a darn about it. Second: I love productivity. And stationery. So when I caught glimpses of these eye-catching spreads called bullet journals (bujo), my eyes lit up immediately. The inner writer/artist/list addict screamed “yes, please!”
So last Sunday, I spent the entire morning researching what this bujo thing is all about. I browsed for the best dot grid notebooks on Amazon. The Leuchtturm and Moleskines are the most popular, but also tend to be pricey. A lady on Twitter suggested I give it a practice run in a regular notebook before I invest in something. So I suggest doing the same to see if it’s your thing or not.
I just so happened to have a spare notebook (who doesn’t have a spare one, just in case?) and to make a long story short, I love the bujo. Not an all-caps sort of love, but it does the job and then some. In the following pictures, I’ll show you just why I am now ten times more organized than before.
I love the A5 size, I love sepia-toned paper. This is lined, but it really doesn’t matter. I have some lovely pens, but I’m just your standard Papermate Inkjoy fan.
This won’t be a bujo tutorial, but for those who aren’t familiar with bujos, my snaps should give you a general idea of the things you can do with a bujo. One of the most appealing things of a bujo is that you can make it be anything, from practical organization, all the way to it being an expression of your creativity.
Not that I needed it, but this first page contains the symbol index key and a continuous Table of Contents. Nothing fancy here. I number the pages as I go so I can keep track of what is where. The thing about bujo’s is that you go a page at a time. No planning out your sections. Hence, the need for a Table of Contents (which don’t even have to be in page order!).
A quick almost-one-year reference. I also tore out a page from the back of the notebook to test pen and marker bleeds, as well as using the lines to create a perfect square grid.
A coloring-in-progress. The Future Log for the month of April contains my general tasks I need to do this month, as well as particular dates I need to remember. Bills, events, deadlines, etc. And yes, I have about 50 ultra fine point Sharpies from coloring mandalas since 2012, but I can’t be bothered to color code.
I put 3 lists on this spread. Oftentimes, I can’t recall if I paid a bill or not and would have to log on to my accounts to double-check (forgotten passwords galore), but now I’ve eliminated that! When my bill is paid, I just check it off. No more wondering! This spread also keeps me on track with what Art Projects I have to work on and have completed, as well as if I’ve been paid for them yet. And then, my lovely and extremely empty Word Count tracker. It’s been a busy week.
One of the spreads I was really looking forward to! My Reading Bookshelf! Every time I read a book, it will go on this shelf. When I filled this out, I realized I haven’t read as much as I would have liked to. Still have 8 more months to go, there is still hope for me! I tend to read in binges.
These pages are where I spend the most time. The weekly spread that contains the day-to-day tasks and my little notes, memories, dinner list, and whatever else comes to mind. The second page also contains my Habit Tracker, a neat little graph that shows me how many days in a month I’ve spent doing whatever. I bought some Washi tape from Michaels by Tuesday because, well, it really does make it look pretty!
A practice graph of what my Hours app has tracked for the month of March. I’m not thrilled with it, so I will change it up for April’s Hours Summary. The other page contains all my online orders to keep myself on track of finances, what money is owed where, who owes me money, and etc. This is one of the greatest perks of my bujo — no more feeble attempts of trying to remember, or trying to find the scraps of paper with unlabeled numbers scribbled on them!
Another great thing about the bujo: just write anything and everything down! Make it to be whatever you want it to be. I’m attempting a dated minimal de-stress notes section here. Writing always makes me feel better.
And this is my spread for this upcoming week!
Do you keep a bujo? Are you thinking about starting one? It’s an all-in-one scrapbooking + journal + to-do listing. I’m passing on the Leuchtturm because I’ve already put so much into this notebook, and honestly, I love it. It’s not A5, but it fits in my purse and that’s all that matters.
If you have a bujo, tell me what your experiences are like!