(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…

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