BuJo Your Life: 3 Steps to Get Started Now
Have you heard the term BuJo yet? In all honesty, I had to google it. Come to find out, it was a term I was already familiar with, Bullet Journal. If you check out Instagram, #BuJo has a ton of different layouts available, and Pinterest has pages and pages of DIY suggestions available. If you are like me, it can be a little overwhelming. To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of my tips for those just getting started!
- Save your actual bullet journal for your lists. Those that like to bujo like to make lists. Lists of books to read, lists of favorite artists, lists of goals to accomplish in the new year. Some of these lists you will update daily, others you will only update periodically. Be thoughtful and use some of the creative layouts to make it pretty!
- Use bujo strategies in your monthly planner. As a busy mom of three, I don’t have time to create beautiful monthly layout pages that are just going to end up in a landfill somewhere. That is not my priority, but it may be yours. Find the pieces you love, and incorporate it where it works for you! My monthly layouts are all together at the front of my planner, and then I use daily inserts. These are separated into hourly layouts, notes, and a to do list. I LOVE how bullet journals use symbols to move items from one list to another or mark them complete, so I do that on my daily pages. In this way I can keep track of how long items have been on my to do list.
- Don’t stress. A bujo is supposed to make your life easier, not harder. Use the elements that work for you, and work from there. If you miss a few days, no big deal. Enjoy the organization that it gives to your life. Is it important to you for it to be pretty? Do it! Do you just want functional? Do that! Whatever you do, it’s yours. Don’t fall into a comparison trap!
I’m excited about incorporating bujo strategies into my life this year. To help a girl out, tell me what your favorite part of having a bullet journal is. What is your key layout? What pages can you just not live without?
About the Author
An Army Veteran, Katie is a current military spouse and mother to three incredible little kids, and one naughty puppy. Her middle child has special needs and drives her passion for child advocacy. Katie's background spans from gemology, literature, middle eastern studies, to early childhood education (largely due to her inability to make a decision and her interest in everything). Her proudest accomplishment to date is housebreaking the naughty puppy.