Three things

A few years ago, I read about bullet journaling and thought it sounded like a good idea. Suddenly I saw bullet journal examples EVERWHERE! And they we so pretty. Beautiful lettering and stickers and sketches. I tried it for awhile but all those decorations made my head spin so I quit and declared this was not going to work for me. But, never say never. Here are 3 things I have learned that are making me rethink bullet journaling:

  1. Ryder Carroll designed the bullet journal to help him “live intentionally.” His idea is about gathering and tracking and learning how to stick with what is really important to you.
  1. Simplicity is an essential element of the system. If you look at Ryder’s examples, they are bare bones. In his book he says you only need to be able to draw a fairly straight line to practice this system.
  2. The extras like collections and goal setting don’t need to be set up before starting the basic system. In his book, he recommends starting with the monthly/daily/weekly tracking and tasks. Get that part down as a routine and the other pieces will grow out of that foundation.

So, I grabbed a blank notebook, numbered the pages, and set up the first of those pages. I am only a week in but it feel much more do-able. I did buy a sticker pack that has the months and lots of numbers but I’m only working on one week at a time with tasks and a daily review. I recommend Carroll’s audio book.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

10 thoughts on “Three things

  1. Hmmm, I’m still not *sold* on the whole bujo thing (not for me), but I’m loving your stickers and all the washi tape that others are sharing – lol.

  2. I love the bujo idea, but in practice it seems like it would be more work for me to keep it up than it would be worth (for me). I’ll be interested to hear your experience as you go along.

  3. I, too, find the “fancy” planners overwhelming. I am just not going to take the time to make it really elaborate, because as you said, it’s really just about getting stuff done! I’m using a traditional planner this year. I’ve never used a bullet journal, but I think it sounds interesting and I might check out that book! đŸ™‚

  4. I think it’s all about finding the approach that’s right for YOU. I journal but I don’t bullet journal.

  5. I’ve been bullet journaling for 5 years now (calendaring/organizing/planning) (I keep a separate journal for my personal writing/journaling). Mine is bare bones and pared down, and definitely not charming or attractive in those Pinterest/Instagram #bujo ways. What I love best about bullet journaling is the flexibility to just . . . make it yours! Enjoy.

  6. Kudos to BUJO! I do it in a variety of ways with different journals…I think the best way it works IS to make it yours! I especially like dot grid paper!

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