Many of you know that I am a huge fan of journaling and its amazing benefits. Putting pen to paper and getting all your thoughts down gives me a sense of peace and relief, like that chaos (in my head/mind) has been removed from the system ready to carry on with a fresh freemind.

Check out my Journal Your Way To Success …. How To Keep A Journal And How It Can Help You Grow, Heal And Flourish post. Where I explain why I journal, why I believe you should journal and the many ways you can journal.

I believe journaling will change your life.  It will help you more organised and productive, resulting in you achieving your goals.

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If you are not sure of the many benefits of journaling, I have included my top 6 for you:

  1. It will consciously bring how you feel into awareness.
  2. Helps you achieve your goals
  3. Encourages you to be mindful
  4. Helps improve mental clarity
  5. Assists with self confidence
  6. Helps you get organised

As you may or may not be aware journaling comes in many different shapes and sizes. My three favourite ways you can choose to journal are:

 stencil-blog-post-image-39Free Writing/Dear Diary

As I like to call it, a mind dump. This is writing down whatever you want until you no longer have anything to say. Get every thought, feeling, dream or fear onto those pages and until run out of steam.

 

stencil-blog-post-image-42Sketchbook Journaling

This is drawing how you feel or what you experienced instead of writing words. Words are powerful but so are images, especially the ones you create. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, quite the opposite.

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Bullet Journaling aka BUJO and that’s what today’s blog is about.

 

 

 

Over the past few weeks I delved into the world of Bullet Journaling. It’s fascinating. It is the “IN” thing in the journaling circles.
It provides you with a creative outlet AND you get organised at the same time.

What is BuJo and where does it come from?

 

Ryder Carroll designed and invented the bullet journaling system. As a child he was diagnosed with a learning disability therefore organisation using the traditional methods proved difficult. So for the next 20 years he began creating his own methods being fast, simple and effective .. which we now call Bullet Journaling.

 

By Bullet Journal

Bujo isn’t the Dear Diary type of journal. Bujo is a creative organisational system, that allows you to track your goals, habits, appointments, tasks, create collections, plan your meals, be your to do list, to plan your week/month/year. It can become anything you need it to be. Pinterest will give you some great ideas!

I guess you’d call it a personalised planner in the journal of your choice.

There is no right or wrong way to bullet journal. You can choose use it as a Dear Diary journal however personally I think it gets too complicated and messy.

How to Bullet Journal

There are many creative ways you can bullet journal. Ryder’s way of creating his journal is very basic compared to the ones created today.
I have included 3 videos to show you what is possible for your Bullet Journal.

Basic Version:

By Bullet Journal

Super Creative Version:

By Gretchen Hope

By Boho Berry

What you need to get started

  1. A journal. People LOVE the Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook. 
  2. An assortment of pens
  3. A ruler

There are other things you can choose to include such as:

  1. Washi Tape
  2.  Stickers
  3.  Stamps
  4. Highlighters
  5. Stencils

The choice is yours. To be honest, I find the washi tape a little bit pointless however everyone has their own style and it is after all it is your journal so you decide what goes in. But for now, if you are a newbie to it, I’d stick to the first three on the list.

Don’t overwhelm yourself.  It’s a stress free place for you to get organised and be super creative … or be super minimal.

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