Once upon a time, a diary could be found underneath a tree. It would be bulky, with dog-eared pages, and lengthy anecdotes of a person’s day. Then came journals, which were a little more modern and concise but would still have in it some trinkets randomly tucked in and tacked on its pages—bookmarks, receipts, and even candy wrappers.
From a few years back, planners hit the waves. They were a little more organized, with dates and months pre-arranged in creatively doodled pages. You would just fill it in with your daily thoughts and future plans and just be done with the whole lot.
But in the age of Instagram and millennial mentality, where creativity and minimalism are a staple, the diary’s successor has almost became the bullet journal.
Bullet journaling, or BuJo in this hashtag-filled digital era, is a method by Ryder Carroll—an art (well, what do we expect) director from Brooklyn—dedicated to jotting down lists of almost anything under the sun. The list could be of your daily tasks, to-buys, or just random thoughts. These are lists that on can customize in terms of layout, color, and coding. Just browse through social media for hashtag Bujo and you would be bombarded with a myriad of layouts and samples.
But why should you even consider going Bujo, especially if you are a fan of the diary period? Well, here are three simple reasons:
The key to a perfectly personalized Bujo is its layout. How you divide it to calendar months, weeks, and days will depend on your visual capability. In one page, you will have to fit some days and its contents so you have got to be creative enough on how to position the lists. You can also customize your BuJo with colors and border designs of your choice. Are you the floral type of girl or a Scandi-design guy? Would you go for pinks and pastels? Or are you more on the black and white grids? Going BuJo would tap into your most creative side—it will be like personalizing your own apartment.
Tip:While it’s true that you don’t need any special tools to keep a bullet journal, investing in good supplies would, more often than not, motivate and inspire you to work on your journal everyday because of the overall look and feel of your journal and pens.
Here are some of our suggestions for journals and pens you can start off using for your bullet journaling:
Since BuJo is a list, it helps you categorize your thoughts and assign them to particular groups. You can make a list for your next grocery run, of your fitness plan for the week, of your reports to be submitted (or home work, if you are still in school), of your meetings, and of anything you just want to make a list of. There is no need to paragraph your thoughts and make sure the transitions are cohesive the way you do with a good old diary. And as these are lists, you will not have difficulty finding what you need to. It’s more organized and logical.
Do you remember the ending chapters of Mockingjay from The Hunger Games trilogy? Katniss Everdeen makes a list in her head of every good deed she has seen someone do in a day. It helps her cope. BuJo works like that. There have been claims on how making lists helps overcome anxiety and depression. People with OCD will find this so much helpful, as well. Making lists let people feel that they are in control of some things in their life, thereby allowing them to feel more calm and relaxed.
With the many advantages of BuJo, it no longer comes a surprise that so many people are getting on this trend. Well, something as dainty and personal as the BuJo will surely find its way to the world governed by Pinterest and Instagram, don’t you think?