(Scri)BuJo’s Lexicon

Version française ici.


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…