The ‘inventor’ of bullet journaling, Ryder Carroll, describes the process on his website as …

“a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system … designed to help you organize your what while you remain aware of your why. The goal of the Bullet Journal is to help its practitioners (bullet journalists) live intentional lives, ones that are productive and meaningful.”

But what actually is it?

BUJO (Bullet Journaling) has become a popular way to diarise your life and everything in it. It’s like a marriage between planning and scrapbooking. If you’ve ever kept a diary and love being organized, then hold onto your desk because bullet journaling is fun and functional and will change the way you manage your life.

Your brain on BUJO

BUJO provides an alternative to electronic and digital apps and software so is the perfect way to get you away from the ‘blue light zone’ and the visual and mental stress of modern technology.

It’s 100% hands-on, which means you need to use paper and pens – and also washi tape, stencils, stickers, paint, coloured pencils, should any of those take your fancy. It’s the perfect stress-reliever if you have a lot going on in your head and need to get it out.

Plus, bonus, BUJO helps you to engage both brain hemispheres (the logical and creative parts) so it’s logical and fun. It’s up to you to decide how simple or fancy you want your journal to look.

Who can use it?

Um … everyone. It’s most popular with moms – because of stationery. Duh. And keeping track of the prolific activities and extra-murals of your kids.

BUJO is also becoming increasingly ‘the thing’ with teens as a way to ‘collect memories’ and memorabilia as well as to organise their social lives and keep track of ‘private stuff’.

Small business owners – BUJO was made for you, especially if you’re a creative – you’re going to wonder where it’s been all your life.

If you have stuff to do, people to see, and places to go, BUJO will help you keep on top of all of that in a fun and practical way.

Why the dots?

A bullet journal is different from a standard journal because it has dotted pages instead of lines or a grid. The dots are there to act as a guide to help you draw boxes, lines and illustrations, to keep your handwriting straight – and to just keep your pages neat.

The process

The rapid logging technique is the traditional form of BUJO, ie. numbering journal pages, then using short sentences and bullet points to log tasks and activities, events, functions, or notes. Just to get down the basics. No long paragraphing or complicated stuff. It’s a way to structure your daily tasks and events in 5 to 10 minutes to help you get your shit together. But you can really use your journal any way you want to.

Using a symbol key is part of the process as it helps you to plan and pick out tasks that are complete, still need to be done, or that need to be moved – at a glance.

Ways to use it

Before you decide if BUJO is for you or not, here are some ways that it can be used.

  • Daily tasks for home or work
  • Birthdays
  • Ideas
  • Your food log
  • To-do lists
  • Meal planning
  • Event timelines
  • Tracking your sleep
  • Exercise plan
  • Books you want to read
  • Monthly expenses
  • Mini vision-boards
  • Dream log
  • Fuel tracker

All you need to get going is a journal and some pens. Start with just your daily task list and let your BUJO mojo will grow from there. Grab one of our starter packs to get inspired!

You don’t have to be an artist to BUJO. You just need to have a life!