There’s an exciting new hobby we have brought to South Africa. Already big news in the US, UK and AUS. Bullet Journaling, also known as dot gird journaling, dotted bullet journaling uses a fun system which included tiny dots on the pages as a guideline for you create your masterpiece. But the how and why of this new hobby and the reason why it is taking the world by storm, is an interesting story in itself. If you, like me, are still struggling to find a solution for documenting your schedule, list of things to do and basically your life in general, then the Bullet Journal is something that you are going to want to spend some time getting to know.

Most people, certainly most adults, are using one or more of a variety of types of digital applications or technology to help them organise their days. I, on the other hand, enjoy good old fashioned pen and paper which has always worked for me in the past. I carry my diary wherever I go and sometimes managed to make an entry in my digital calendar but for the most part, I’ll gravitate towards the book. This year however has thrown me a curve ball… as my life and those of my children have become more complex, which incidentally seems to have occurred simultaneously to the slight dulling of the memory cells as a result of A.G.E. I find that I am turning to pen and paper more and more in various ways. The straight-up diary isn’t working for me this year as I try to find the best way to ensure that I get everything done.

Enter the Bullet Journal! What makes the Bullet Journal so perfect is that is can be used for absolutely everything and that the structure of the journal is in no way set. In fact, you pick the structure of the journal and create each page according to your needs which means that it is incredibly versatile as well as allows you flexibility.

Basically, what makes the BUJO so great is that it engages BOTH sides of the brain allowing structure and creativity to cohabitate in a symbiotic manner. By capturing the structure and detail of your life in a creative and free-flowing way, the bullet journal creates a space in your day when you are not fully engaged in technology on a myriad of different devices available to you, meaning that this is your chance to completely disengage from technology, while still being productive. Simply put, bullet journaling gives you 15 minutes in your day when you get to choose a colourful pen or pencil, draw a simple diagram, shape or design an icon to represent your activities in the day, and then run with it. List your goals, highlight the important things that you need to accomplish in the day, track your exercise regime or your period! There is an abundance of options which you can design to suit your needs and to help you structure your life while benefitting from all of the emotional and psychological advantages of engaging with our right-brain in a left-brain structured world-on-line.

Start slowly and simply and never worry if you made a “mistake” or cross something out because its all part of the creative process in which your structure still remains.  You simply cannot go wrong as there are many pages to fill and many opportunities to enjoy the process.