There is a new personalized planner. It’s been very popular the last three years on the internet. There are a lot of Facebook groups out there. I discovered this a year ago, but only did it for a few months. Now one year later, I am back using bullet journaling.
What is a bullet journal? It a customized planner, journal, and to-do list. It can be pretty much whatever you want or need it to be. Some people also use it as an art journal, but not having a lot of talent, I sometimes use washi tape, color markers, and stencils.
It is usually created on dot or graph paper. You create the planner yourself with a ruler or stencils, you can include drawings, stickers, or other types of art or not. Just find a journal or notebook.
The inventor Ryder Carroll designed it to be very basic and not artsy. The internet has been taking over by pretty bujo’s, but if art is not your thing, that’s okay. It is not mine either.
If you are like me, you may try to use many, many different planners and go from planner to planner but never stick to one for very long. I think this is my missing piece of what’s missing in my productivity.
I will keep you updated on my progress. If you find planners will not work for you because they are not custom-made for your needs. BuJo’s may be for you. Give them a try. Start with the basics and don’t get caught in the artsy bujo’s craze unless you want to. You could join a Bujo Facebook group for ideas, but they can be quite artsy. So beware.
Here is a brief overview
- Create an index of 3 to 4 pages and number the pages.
- A future log is a 3 to 6 month calendar. I create a small one, then add lines below to include important info for the months.
- Monthly to-do list.
- Then add the current month and write 1 to 30 or 31. Then add the days of the week, and leave space for important info.
- Then you can add habit trackers.
- Meal planning and shopping list.
- Gratitude list.
- Journal pages.
- Weekly to-do list then do a weekly or daily pages.
Add or delete any pages that will work for you. You can use a traveler notebook or a dot page notebook.
For more info, I recommend “Dot Journaling” by Rachel Wilkerson Miller.
Also check out Ryder’s blog here at http://bulletjournal.com for more ideas.
Comment below whether you have you found a planner that works for you or not.
Download your BUJO checklist here.