When we decided to write a post about bullet journalling, and how to bullet journal, we quickly discovered that many, many amazing guides have already been written by people who’d found bullet journalling somewhat life-changing. So instead we thought… why not share the ‘best of the best’ of the guides to bullet journalling — or #bujo for those already in the know!
But first… what is bullet journalling?
If you’re scratching your head wondering what we’re talking about, in a nutshell: bullet journalling is basically about turning any grid (or dot grid) notebook into a fantastic life organisation tool and planner that you can customise to your own needs. It’s for anyone who’s yet to find the perfect diary or productivity system for them.
1. The Lazy Genius Collective: How to bullet journal — The ultimate guide
Whilst this post somewhat stretches a potato analogy (!), it is the ideal guide to bullet journalling for those of us who don’t have fabulous handwriting, drawing skills or hours every day to make their journal look fabulous. It is a great overview on how to best use bullet journalling, by someone who has used enough trial and error that we feel they know what they’re talking about!
Our favourite excerpt is right at the end:
“I feel like I should serve you a glass of wine at the end of all this information. I realise it’s a lot. But I wish there had been an article or post out there for me that sifted through all the Bullet Journal noise. I hope this serves that purpose for you.”
2. Bullet Journal — The analog system for the digital age
The original source and Bullet journalling 101! The Bullet Journal® notebook was developed by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer living in Brooklyn, New York. Ryder presents this as a system that is fully adaptable and meant to be self curated as you determine what works best for you. Be taken through an interactive system to get started, learn the modules and find out how to “migrate”.
Our favourite excerpt comes under Migration:
“It may seem like a lot of effort to have to rewrite items over and over, but that’s intentional. This process makes you pause and consider each item. If an entry isn’t even worth the effort to rewrite it, then it’s probably not that important. Get rid of it.
The purpose of migration is to distill the things that are truly worth the effort, to become aware of our own patterns and habits, and to separate the signal from the noise.”
3. Tiny Ray of Sunshine — Thorough Guide to the Bullet Journal System
Kim from a Tiny Ray of Sunshine has taken guidance from the Bullet Journal post above and this is a great chance to see how she puts her own bullet journals into practice. There are also some useful product recommendations for those unsure of what tools to use.
Our favourite excerpt relates to the mindset and motivation behind starting a Bullet Journal:
“Most of the people who Bullet Journal tend to do it because it’s a flexible system that lets them work the way that they work. It’s important to think about what you want a system to do for you before you dive in. That said, you’ll figure out your needs more as time goes on, so get started after you’ve thought about it for a little while.”
4. Boho Berry – The Right Way to Bullet Journal
We’ve been following the Boho Berry community for quite a while now and we thrive off their enthusiasm, encouragement and inspiration for bullet journalling. As Kara reiterates in this blog post, there really never is one right way to bullet journal, because it all comes back to you, your needs and how it works for you, not how you work around it.
Our favourite excerpt comes from the heart:
“One thing that I’ve always loved about the Bullet Journal community is that we are such a supportive and encouraging group. I’ve loved going in to various different BuJo communities across Facebook, Reddit, Google+, Instagram, and Tumblr to bask in the diversity and positivity of the community as a whole.”
To showcase how there are many different types of bullet journals, the Boho Berry Tribe compiled this gorgeous video. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
5. Buzzfeed — WTF is a bullet journal and why should you start one? An explainer.
A cheeky but thoroughly informative post from two Buzzfeed writers who challenged themselves to create their own Bullet Journal and now love it! It’s quite fun watching the journey of their discovery turn to curiosity and perplexity; in turn watching (or reading!) their challenge unfold into a positive fruition with lots of tips and diagrams along the way!
We enjoyed this excerpt about how bullet journalling doesn’t take as long as you think it will:
“I see you racing to the comments to yell “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” at me, and I’m going to stop you right here. The initial setup takes less than an hour, and I spend about an hour doing my new spreads for each month. Beyond that, I tend to write in mine for 10–20 minutes each night; it’s a nice way to unplug and unwind before bed. Like most things, I’ve found that once I get started on it, I end up doing more than I expected to. But how much time you spend on it is really up to you.”
Don’t forget the Instagram Community
Last, but certainly not least, is the Instagram community. There you’ll find inspiration, encouragement and awesomeness flood through the reels of your newsfeed. Seek them out under the hashtag #bujo or #bulletjournaljunkies (yep, it’s a thing!).
We hope what you’ve taken away from this is that you can use your bullet journal however you want. Let it work for you and use it as often as you can, because once it’s full, it’ll become a bird’s eye view of your life, an experience you’ll truly enjoy as life moves at its rapid pace.
A free referencing guide can be found here.