I know it’s been a couple of weeks since I last wrote a post, it’s been quite hectic lately. However, I want to thank you for your patience and support. I also want to thank everyone who has recently followed me; I have now hit the halfway mark for my follower goal this year!
As with all trends in life, I am late to the party. Three months after it’s release, I tried to tell my friend about the new Bruno Mars song, “That’s What I Like.” I did my first plank when everyone had moved on to a new challenge. And in third grade when I finally got a poncho, it seemed like I was the last person still wearing ponchos. Now, years after its inception, I have started using a bujo. Honestly, I don’t know why I always hear about trends or new music towards the tail end of its popularity; I might just be living under a rock.
What is BuJo?
I am so excited I learned about bujo. So what’s bujo? Bujo stands for Bullet Journaling. Bujo is a way for individuals to journal or plan their daily lives. It can be as simplistic or complex as you need it to be. For those that find planners lacking in enough space or excluding important elements, bujo could be for you. For a more in-depth history of bujo, you can view the creator’s post here.
Since middle school, I had thoroughly used my planner for writing down assignments and marking birthdays. As an adult, I still used planners for noting appointments, planning weekly meals, and keeping track of paid/unpaid bills. Unfortunately, most of the bill categories did not apply to my current situation and they didn’t provide enough extra lines. Even more, there were not enough blank pages between each month to plan weekly meals or write out ideas.
I found bujo after researching new ways for me to get organized. There are countless videos on YouTube, pins on Pinterest, and posts on blogs about how to create a bujo. While these are great resources, remember that bujo is unique to each person.
If you watch the videos of some of the more seasoned bujo creators, you’ll see that they use expensive supplies. As I try to live a budget-friendly life, I got my supplies from Walmart and Michaels. The journal is the most important supply you need to buy. There are two types of journals you can buy, dot journals and blank journals. Dot journals make it easier to keep everything uniform, yet, blank journals offer more freedom (at least in my opinion). No matter which journal you buy, make sure it is a lay flat journal. Here’s a link to the blank journal that I bought. These types of journals ensure ease when creating a spread (something that uses both pages like a monthly calendar). In regards to writing utensils, I use pencils, colored markers and pencils, and a medium felt-tip Sharpie marker. You can use whatever supplies you want: stickers, markers, watercolors, the possibilities are endless.
What Do You Put in a BuJo?
What is put in a bujo depends on the person. I have seen bujos created for vacations, school, and work, to name a few. As I alluded to earlier, I use my bujo as a traditional planner, to track certain habits (ex: exercise, reading, etc.), to figure out my weekly meals and shopping lists, and a few other reasons. I love bujo because unlike a traditional planner, you are creating each page as you go. For example, every two weeks I go grocery shopping. In a traditional planner, I have one page at the beginning of the month to create a shopping list. With my bujo, after the second week, I can create a page for my shopping list and a page for the meals I’ll eat that week. Another feature of bujo that I am starting to like is my habit tracker. I can see how often I read my Bible or consumed water that month…it’s an accountability partner in a journal.
This was a very brief introduction to bujo. The main takeaway I want you to get from this post is that everyone’s bujo is different. Although you can certainly get inspiration from others, your bujo has to be created in a way that works best for your life. An added bonus of bujo is the peaceful moments you have while creating new entries.
If you have a bujo, please share links to your photos/posts in the comment section below. Still have a question about bujo? Feel free to ask below. If you are a creative person or someone who likes to be organized, jump on the late bandwagon with me; you can view my Pinterest board for inspiration. As always, thank you so much for reading my post. If you liked this post, like and share it with your friends. Most importantly, be sure to subscribe to view all my upcoming posts.
*all pictures are mine except the featured picture