Anyone who knows me knows: I am Type A. I have some very minor OCD. I LOVE lists. I make lists about what lists I need. Did I mention the lists thing?
When I got into Bullet Journaling a year ago all I could think was “Where have you been all my life”. Next Wednesday 1-31-2018 I’m going to be hosting a free Introduction to Bullet Journaling at the Barre Code in Plano, TX. I’m really excited to spread the word and get more women organized and tracking!!
So what’s “Bujo”?
- Bullet Journaling was started by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer in New York, who after years of struggling with multiple notebooks and planners, and through trial and error, developed a long lasting approach to journaling that helps organize thoughts, events, and to dos.
- The “Gist” – The basis of Bullet Journaling is actually incredibly simple. Using a universal “key” each page could be used in a list/time format to help organize thoughts, to do lists, events, and notes.
- The “Now” – nowadays Bujo is incredibly trendy with hundreds of bloggers publishing “Templates” you can copy and artistic variations on the original concept
What supplies do I need?
- Journal – I prefer the dotted hardcover Leuchtturm 1917 but you could also use the Moleskin dotted Journal hardcover or any similar dotted page, hardcover, journal. I prefer hardcover as a paperback might get ripped/torn as you carry it place to place.
- Ruler/Straight edge
- I also like to use stencils so I bought some of Amazon that are 2 in 1
- Pens – I use the Staedtler triplus fineliner Pens and Tombow dual tip pens but any pen that wont bleed through that you like is perfect!
- Decorations – this is totally OPTIONAL. The Bujo is an expression of your personality so feel free to use stamps, stencils, watercolors, washi tape, etc. to make it feel fun and vibrant!
What kinds of things should/can I track?
- Daily Routine
- Inches Lost
- Home Improvement
- Movies watched/books read
- TV Series
- Gift/Holiday Lists
- Workout/Meal Planner
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you start getting into it all. I spend DAYS setting up my planner at the start of each year. Some trackers I keep, some I get rid of. Just depends on how it worked for me, but right now my favorites are:
- Books Read/Reading List
- I also do DNFs for books
- Movies Watched
- Inches/Weight Tracker
And my Must Haves:
- Future Log
- Monthly View & Habit Tracker
- Weekly View
What is SO great for me is that as I think of things, or hit projects at work, or need to brainstorm, I just flip the page – title it, add it to my index, and go crazy. Then when it’s time to do my next weekly/monthly page I just pick back up where I left off and…you guessed it…add it to my index. It’s such a great way to stay on top of things. To help you get started I’ve made a list of good resources for you to get started:
- Pinterest! I can’t tell you how many different views and ideas I have gotten from Pinterest searches. It is also great to look up fonts/handwriting styles, doodles, borders, etc.
- Follow me on IG: @Barre.mama
- Beautiful Instagram Accounts:
Hope this gets you started!