I was going to call this post ‘Bujo Do’s and Don’ts’, but who am I to tell you what you can and cannot do? In the last year, I’ve gradually moved over to a Bullet Journal and I have learned a few things along the way. Some more important than others, so I’ll share and hopefully, it’s of some use to you.
- It doesn’t matter what anyone else does. Find out what suits you! The joy of BuJo is that if you try something and it doesn’t work for you, you can just flip the page and start again.
- It doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be if that’s what you want, but if you’re like me, that just won’t work for you.
- Don’t spend a fortune to start up. You can buy all the pens and washi tape in the world and then discover that you’d prefer a Bic biro and a pocket diary from the corner shop. You don’t want to feel like you have to stick with it because you spent a fortune.
- Don’t worry about it! It’s supposed to make your life easier and less stressful, not add to your problems.
I started off looking at Pinterest and Facebook and assumed that I was going to have an art masterpiece on every page. The reality is that A. I would need a lot of practice before mine looked like that and B. I don’t have the time or patience to have to ‘set up’ my week before I even start planning. I was the same with my Filofax. I watched everyone spend hours decorating and printing out new pages and ended up realising that I was happiest with Filofax inserts and the only thing that could be considered pretty about my planning is that I like to colour code.
I’ve also learned a few things which will be taken forward into next year’s BuJo. They may only apply to me, but here they are:
- I don’t need to spend extra for a Bullet Journal, a normal dotted Leuchtturm notebook will be fine. I now know which signifiers etc. I like to use and I know how I want to layout the book.
- I will be starting my collections from the back of the notebook and working forwards. It’s the only way I can see that will keep them separate and I don’t want to guess how many pages I will need and get it wrong.
- My monthly pages will be at the front, just after the yearly one. This year I put them at the start of each month and I found it a problem when I was trying to look back for something.
- I will still be carrying a smaller diary in my bag. Just so I know I always have something. Same as always, it won’t contain anything personal or my random lists so I won’t mind pulling it out in front of people.
- I will be marking the pages that the month turns over with washi tape, to make it easier to go back through and find something.
Other than that, I won’t be making many changes, these are just things that – in hindsight – would’ve made my life slightly easier.