What is a bullet journal?
The bullet journal (also known as BuJo) is a method of journaling designed to help with personal organization and productivity. Ryder Carroll, a Brooklyn-based digital product designer and art director, developed the method. He launched this idea to the public in 2013, describing his approach as a way to “help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future.”
The method is also called a planning system, because of particular features. This sets it apart from the typical diary style. These features include a glossary of words specific to the bullet journal planner, such as index, key, log, and spread. (More on these later!)
Why should I use a bullet journal?
Ryder Carroll said bullet journaling is a “mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system.” It helps you organize what you’re doing and keeps the answer of why you’re doing something top of mind. (The why is important!)
Take a look at the number of obligations you may have on your plate day in and day out. The bullet journal process has been known to help with organization, prioritization and productivity. It has even helped some people with relationships, fertility, mindset and mental health.
What can I use a bullet journal for?
You can use the method for daily organization or stick to a specific area you want to focus on. For example, use a bullet journal to organize and track your budget, plan your daily routine, or monitor health and wellness activities like tracking your water intake.
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Another easy and great use for this method is planning out weekly or monthly chores or tasks – laundry, doctor’s appointments, meal planning/prepping and cleaning around the house. Are you also an entrepreneur? Use a bullet journal to keep your business items moving along smoothly.
We also love the idea of a mood tracker bullet journal. Choose a topic or theme you like and look up bullet journal ideas for great tracker ideas and tips and tricks and on how to set up your spreads.
How do I get started with a bullet journal?
While it can become very complex, the bullet journal system may also help condense other tools if you use multiple planners, calendars and sticky notes to stay organized. Try out these steps to get going.