February’s challenge

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Today, for the blog’s first monthly challenge, we’ll make a ScriBuJo all along the month.

Each day, we’ll add a new page, and at the end, you’ll know enough to go on your way if it works with you. The BuJo’s concept is to do what you want, as you want, and adapt all the way through. For this month, I advise you follow my instructions so that you can try out each page before you decide they don’t work for you.

I’ll skim over the details for now, so that we can work on a new page each day, but we’ll come back to each of them in March so that we can study them further.

You’ll need:

  • a notebook or a binder with paper sheets, between A4 (a printer sheet) and A6 (a printer sheet fold in half on each side). Lined, squared or dotted. It can be an already started notebook/binder, it’s only for testing.
  • a pen that feels good and makes your writing readable.
  • a small time frame alone, enough time to read the daily blog post and create the page. I’d say 5 to 15 minutes depending on your reading speed, your writing speed and on the daily page.
  • Think about the experiment, how could it be interesting and useful. It may sound stupid, but if you have a reason to do it (organise your writing, track work to know what you can do for a set period or time or write your ideas so you won’t lose them anymore, for example), it will help you to do it every day.

There will be a little reward for those who got along and subscribe to the blog, I’ll get to this later.

For the time being, you can search around or have a look at the basics to see it’s about.

That being said, the BuJo we’ll create together is a ScriBuJo: a strictly utilitarian, but not ugly journal aimed at writers. It can also be used by artists or professional BuJo. You will see no frills, no cute drawing, everything will have a use. I won’t stop you if you want to decorate yours, but I won’t lead the way. The aim of the ScriBuJo is to be a tool that helps you be more efficient. It defeats the purpose if you ending up wasting your time adding frills! (I’m not criticising those who spend hours doing it if it’s their thing. In my personal BuJo, I make simple Zentangle to separate sections and I colour them when I need to focus. You see that I make it because it allows me to focus and gather my « creative energy » to be more productive when I’m writing. As I said: with me, everything does have an use :p).

I’ll add later, as a reward, a printable set for the pages we need for the challenge (the end of year celebration prevented me from finishing on time). All those who subscribe to the site (mail or WordPress) and take part in the challenge (comments and/or pictures) will receive a discount code that allows them to have it for free when the set will be ready.

It will be available on A5 and A6, for binder like Filofax, or to be bound or stapled by hand. Pages won’t be numbered, as the number and placement will vary depending on everyone’s need. There will one page of each, recto only, as you can set any other page on the back side. This set, and others, filling more specific needs, will be available during the year in my Etsy shop. I’ll set a personal one later. These sales, and affiliate links, will support the blog’s hosting.

I’m waiting for you on February 1st, you can pre-register here, on the FaceBook event and subscribe to the blog (mail or WordPress) to be sure you don’t miss a daily post.

I’ll add challenge’s links here as soon as they will be up.

(Scri)BuJo’s Lexicon

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It won’t cover everything at the beginning, I’ll add here any new, relevant word that I use. Don’t be shy and ask in the comments if you want me to add some. It applies to the ScriBuJo, Writing Bullet Journal.

BuJo – Bullet Journal: I’ll link you to this article.

Calendex: Something you can use instead of Future Log. View of a table as a calendar in a column. More useful if you have lengthy events to follow or more stuff that comes back each week/month/so on. Also for many little appointments. Work well with colour coding.

Dailies: Pages for the work of the day, with events, appointments. If you don’t write the whole week, you can skip the non-writing days.

Future Log: Annual or 6 months planning, depending on your needs. It allows you to write beforehand some events like holidays, non-working days, writing challenges, blog challenges, etc. More useful for exhaustive information (like appointments with date, hour and place) and when you don’t have many for them. (It’s always possible to set up to a month by page if you need space. Putting two or three months per page is not an iron rule.)

Monthly: Usually, two pages (but it can be only one), to prepare the month ahead or ongoing. You report everything from the annual/future log and you add stuff.

Masking tape/washi tape: decorative adhesive, made with Japanese paper for the real ones. You can find some cheap ones, made in with plastic and/or not removable. Its first quality is its ability to be put and remove a few time without damaging the paper (or the support). It’s also — often — partially transparent. It’s resilient enough to make indexes or small bookmarks (and soon, I’ll make a tutorial).

Tracker: Can be of every possible form. Stacks of books to colour when you read them, little stars for weight loss, and that’s the least of it. Here, it will mostly be plain squares to tick. We make it useful and quick, ladies and gentlemen! (Maybe I will share some of my personal BuJo, but for the writing one, I have no time to spend on anything which is not immediately useful.)

Review: Of the week, the month or the year, to check what works and what doesn’t, to make it better. The BuJo’s big strength is its adaptability to the person who’s using it, so every Bujo is unique.

(Scri)Bujo’s Basics

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What’s a BuJo ?

It’s pretty easy. A notebook or a binder, according to taste and needs, which works as external memory to forget nothing and, as an add-on, set goals. For « technical » words, here’s the lexicon. You can also use it as personal development, but here, we’ll talk about a Writing BuJo. But as I have an huge contradiction instinct, I’ll get to the classics for this post.

First, BuJo, it’s short for Bullet Journal, named by its creator Ryder Carroll. It works with :

  • Index, table of contents, which is the strength of the BuJo. Instead of stack of notes everywhere, we knows where is what. Even if it’s the shopping list three months ago or the list of things you promised to bring to your (step) mother at Xmas when it was summer holidays.
  • You do two simple plannings. One for 6 or 12 months to come, and one more precise for the ongoing month, so you can know when you’ll have an appointment, bills to pay, etc. . For deadlines also.
  • You do a to-do list day by day. When it’s done, you cross it ; you delay or strike it if it’s not.
    For those that it will bring down or don’t find it motivating, you can do a Done list. You don’t have the pressure to see stuff accumulate.
    You can make one as a brain dump for the month with not time sensitive task. Also gets out of your brain that you’ll need ink cartridge while you have time. It will be stupid to have none when you’ll have to change, isn’t it ?
  • And my favorite part : collections. Lists, more lists ! Statistics (I do love them). Lists of anything you want. Books to read, shopping to do, borrowed and lend items, shipping in waiting, and more. The good part of it is that you start it on the next empty page you find and you continue after it. It’s the useful part of the Index. No need to say you’ll need that much pages for your week, no, it’s a organised mess. And I love this !

I recommend you to get a look to the official website www.bulletjournal.com because it’s the basic, the heart of it. Don’t be shy and ask me, comments are here for that. There are all list of tips, way to do it, cute pics, stickers, printable, but that is another story…