Up until a month ago I’d never heard of a bullet journal. Then one day, while scrolling through Instagram, I saw that several of my blogging friends were starting a bujo (short for bullet journal) for the New Year. As someone who likes to use the same scribbled-in notebook for the entire year to keep track of everything under the sun, the bujo concept really appealed to me. The $20 purchase price of the recommended journal, however, did not.
I have some sort of obsession with brand new journals. I stare at them in their pristine condition, visualizing how cool they’ll look after a whole 365 days of writing…and then I freeze. I can’t bring myself to put anything on the page for fear of messing it up. So instead, I grab a cheap spiral notebook and that becomes my go-to tablet for the year. There’s a drawer in my desk that contains a lot of pretty new journals that people have given me as gifts over the years. Someday I may use one…but it won’t be this year. For my bullet journal, I bought a Graph Composition notebook (97 cents at Walmart). Even then, I stared at it for over an hour before writing my name on it.
For inspiration and help in setting up my bullet journal for the first time, I went to Jena at All-Round Better Me. Her bullet journal is awesome! I even set up my general calendar pages just like hers (though I may end up changing the format later on). I like the idea of tracking food – especially since I’m keeping up with meatless days this year – but I think I may need more room for my daily to do list.
Since we’re also doing the 2017 in 2017 Decluttering Challenge, I adapted a page in the bujo for tracking our progress. And a page for tracking our progress in paying off the car.
So far, I like the bullet journal. It’s proving to be a great way to keep track of everything we’re doing – goals, meal planning, grocery shopping, ideas, and notes – all in one place.
Have you done a bujo before (or are you doing one now)? If so, what do you like most (or least) about it?