Bullet Journalling …
Never heard of it? Don’t worry that was me not so long ago!! I am by no means an expert as I only started in July, over the summer as a way to help me keep on top of my mental health. Now, however, it is something I really enjoy and look forwards to writing/drawing in my journal. I told my grandad that I started bullet journaling and he told me us youngsters just like to confuse him by adding extra words to things! So, I have got into the habit of just calling it journaling now! So, if I swap between bullet journaling, journaling and bujo (short for bullet journaling), do excuse me.
Bullet journaling is a way to organise your life, it is a cross between a planner and a diary, but many people also add in elements of scrapbooking or art journaling. If you type bullet journaling into Google, Pinterest, Instagram etc… you will find a myriad of beautiful artsy images and often look intimidating as they are all so perfect. Your journal is your own, there is no need to make it perfect as long as it works for you.
A bujo is great for keeping your uni work organised, I have a section where I write down all my deadlines and the marks I get. In addition, there are sections in the bujo community called brain dumps aka note/brain storm sections, I find this area the perfect place to make a rough plan for my essays. However, a journal isn’t just for keeping organised you can use it to store memories, such as creating a popular spread known as a year in polaroids (a spread just means two pages), this is simply your 12 favourite photos of the year. Or if your me, you add in random collages of photos you want to keep!
A bujo can also be seen as a running to do list, you start with your future log and put in important dates for the year, then you transfer this to your monthly, then weekly sections; some people go a step further and transfer to daily to do lists. Personally, this method is too structured for me so I tend to make weekly to do lists as and when I need them and put key dates at the start of my month and in my future log. The best thing about a bullet journal is that it is yours and you can make it in any way you want to. One key tip I would give to a beginner is to create an index, so if you make a spread and need extra pages you can just add it in wherever you are, in your journal and put the number in the index so you can always find it.
Another useful element in a bujo is being able to create habit trackers; you can have as many or as few as you like. Personally, I track mood, pain, tics, fatigue, anxiety, when I go for a walk and productivity. I think mood is the most common for people to track but I also hear of people tracking exercise routines, hydration, cleaning schedules and much more!
I have added some pictures of my journal below so you can get an idea of the sort of things you can put in a journal, plus my journal is less perfect than if you search for ideas on social media! A few weeks ago, I posted in the Keele Facebook group asking if anyone else bullet journaled, I never thought that I would get the response I did, I think we have something like 30-35 of us in a group chat now, after just one post, if you don’t ask you don’t know…