My Bullet Journal Story
Discovering the Bullet Journal
I found the bujo method on my NaNoWriMo mentor’s blog, elldimensional. She had done a post describing the method. I, instantly, wanted to give it a go. If you want to learn more about the original method, I would advise you to check out Bullet Journal.
My First Bujo
In the header photo, is the one on the left, A6 size and has gridlines. I wasn’t sure if I would stick to the habit (I’m the type of person who takes up a whole load of different hobbies… And puts them back down again) which is why I got the small version.
This bujo was purely to learn the method. At this point in my life, I was struggling with my depression. I honestly think that the bujo method helped me get on top of my depression. I used the book as a logbook, instead of writing what I needed to (and ultimately failed to) do, I only ever wrote what I had accomplished that day.
That changed my attitude to acknowledging my achievements instead of wallowing in self-pity and guilt (in my opinion, guilt is a huge trigger for depression tendencies). When I had an off day, I would write that down too but not as a bad day, instead as a “rest” day or “holiday”. This worked wonders.
Bujo Number Two
I moved to an A5 journal when I started to feel the urge for artistic creation. Also for the practicality of having enough space to write in my hours for work.
I started out slow and then began to have fun with different types of weeklies. I tried so many different headers and dividers, it was great fun. At this point I loved the bujo method and how my life had improved since implementing it.
This is around the time I discovered zentangles and mandalas. I’m still obsessed with both styles of drawing to this day.
My Current Bujo
I had two jobs when I began my current bujo. This time I chose a dot grid layout, just a tad bit bigger then A5 size. I am now a dot grid girl, I’ll never go back to gridlines. This bujo became very professionally orientated, all my designs were made to use the space efficiently.
The left-hand side of the above picture was how I organised my weeklies for majority of this journal. I ended up scrapping this layout because I either had too much white space or not enough.
The right-hand side is a fun spread I did to help me with my travel to London. I find travelling really stressful and I was going alone. This spread helped my anxiety.
This dear old monthly spread served my purposes for such a long time, since the beginning. Unfortunately, or fortunately, it had to get upgraded. My new system is awesome (if I do say so myself)!
Everything is clearly laid out, it works as something to look at quickly and as something to study. It doesn’t work as a monthly per se because a whole month doesn’t fit in the four rows. I’ve set up my next journal (a future post) by doing 13 weeks at a time.
This type of daily actually is influenced by the original method. I have way more freedom, I’m not corralled into a certain amount of space per day. With this method, I’ve managed to bring my personal life back into my bujo. Which is fantastic and was a big reason why I wanted to re-design the spread.
And that’s that. My bullet Journal story so far. I have a new bujo for the new year and I will do a post on that soon. I hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. Here are some questions for you:
- Have you heard of the bullet journal method?
- Do you own a bujo?
- How has it evolved over time?
- What’s your favourite page?
Thank you for stopping by!