Let’s Start From the Beginning
My Key & Index
Back in January I wrote a post on one of the newest ways to stay organized, a bullet journal (bujo). You can find the post here. I immediately loved the idea and was overwhelmed by what I could do. The options were endless! I could keep track of my goals, what I needed and/or wanted, birthdays, doctor appointments, places I wanted to go, ideas for self-care, books to read, and there was even a template for a TV series tracker. All of this in addition to my typical daily, weekly, and monthly planners. I dove in head first and decided to include everything and anything I wanted (which included the list above and more!).
Within the first month, I was adding new categories to my bujo daily. I began losing sight of the real reason I started using a bujo, and creating each template to my liking quickly became a daunting experience. Just thinking about the time it was going to take to update all those templates turned me off to the idea of the journal at all. Eventually I stopped using the bujo even for the most basic week-to-week planning, deciding it was just too much work to keep up with.
Let’s Try This Bujo Again
An Example of a Weekly Layout
It didn’t take long before I quickly realized I wasn’t as organized without utilizing my weekly planner. At that point I eased myself back into my bujo. I started using it almost exclusively for weekly planning, and not worrying too much about the artistic aspects of my templates. The entries were kept simple yet elegant and focused more on my day-to-day activities. I realized this was much more efficient for me than trying to take on all these other trackers at once.
A Weekly Layout I Got From LifeByWhitney.com
Now I utilize my bujo mostly for weekly planning, but also use it to keep track of ideas and goals. I’ve learned to only keep the trackers that benefit me the most so that I am not spending too much time on my bujo. Most importantly I’m keeping things simple in order to focus on what I really want to use my bujo for: organization.
Although the artsy aspect of it initially drew my interest, I realized that wasn’t as important in the long run as functionality. Everyone is different and I know for some the artistic side of the bujo is just as important. To wrap it all up, it is important to identify your true goals and focus on maintaining them. If you come across new ideas, try them, one at a time, to see if it is worth the extra work. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying multiple ideas all at one time. So tell me, what does your bujo mean to you? Do you use it primarily to stay organized? Or more as an artistic outlet? Maybe another reason? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!