Bullet Journal Essentials: What on earth is a “BuJo”

Bullet journals, or BuJo’s, have taken the planner community by storm. A quick google search will take you to thousands of pages, layouts and incredible artwork.
But what exactly is a Bullet Journal?
The original concept of a Bullet Journal was for “rapid logging”. Which is exactly as it sounds, you rapidly log what you need. Using short sentences and key symbols you jot down all your thoughts and to-dos and mark them off or move them as you need.
They are a blank book, commonly with lined or dot grids. You draw, grid, jot, write or scribble as you please. Super versatile!

Since then the BuJo has evolved and I personally think it is one of the best journalling systems I have ever had.
I have always been a planner girl. I loved putting stickers in my planner, organising my sections and using enough washi to lap the equator. But it became work… A lot of work. Adding stickers (as cute as they are) became a chore. The pressure to keep up a cute planner overwhelmed me. Eventually I didn’t just stop adding stickers, I stopped using my planner all together.
In saying that… They still all sit on my shelf and are gorgeous to look at. I still use them to reference key events and find specific information.

Anyway, back to the BuJo!
These delicious little inventions have so many uses and are designed to suit your needs. That’s the point of them!

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Bullet Journal benefits and uses

The ways you can use your BuJo is limited by one thing and one thing only… You. The possibilities are endless and your imagination will guide you to find what works best for you.

BuJo benefits I have discovered

  • Everything you need can be stored in one amazing little book
  • Because of the insanely awesome flexibility your imagination will likely become renewed and I have found that this extends to other areas of my life
  • If you become a regular BuJo-er you may find (like I have) that you become much more aware of your to-do list, what you waste time on and what areas you can improve on
  • Over time you will become more mindful of your own personal needs
My me-time BuJo sessions
  • It is an excellent chance to unwind at the end of the day and focus on yourself. Even if you have a busy schedule, most people can find 15 minutes to relax.
    I personally love to take my Saturdays (while Luna is at her nanas) to sit in front of the ocean and prepare myself for the week ahead

Here a few common uses:
Weekly spreads
These are your weekly layout, similar to a traditional planner, that you use to plan your week and get stuff done

Monthly spreads
Similar to weekly spreads but think more traditional calender. These are used for your forward planning in the month and any to-dos that don’t have a specific deadline (such as “Go for a walk. Doesn’t matter what day, just do it!”)

Personally I feel that this is the most common use. People track everything! Weight loss, budgets, Netflix shows, books to read, ideas, blog posts, podcasts, goals, moods, medications, cleaning, gifts to buy… Seriously. Anything and everything you can think of you can track.
Some of my favourites to track is weight loss and moods. I find it really beneficial to see my progress in front of me. It also really helps me see any patterns that emerge in my day-to-day and the effect they have on my health.

So…. How do you start a bullet journal?
Finally, we’re getting to the good stuff!

To start a BuJo you will need 3 things:
A pen
A notebook

Yeeeep, that’s it!

If you want more tips and advice on other awesome stationery you can get for your BuJo, check out my post The best supplies for beginners!

I recommend with starting slow and steady. Before you jump into buying pretty pens, stickers and a fancy notebook (I know, it’s soooo tempting!), go grab a pen and notebook and start there.

If you need some tips on how to make the most of your new best friend then check out my tips for getting started

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