What is Bullet Journaling and How It Is Helping Me

HI Friends! I hope you are all doing great. Just like in previous months, I will share a behind the scenes video of my bullet journal set-up this May 2020. Along with this, I will tackle about what is bullet journaling, it’s short history and most importantly, how it has been helping me personally now that I’ve been doing this for more than four months already. And maybe it can help you too.

Plan with me. MAY 2020

1.What is Bullet Journal?

Bullet Journal or Bujo is invented and coined by a digital designer named Ryder Carroll. It is simply an organizational method to improve productivity and track everything that matters by using a notebook. You could say it’s like using a planner, sticky notes or calendar mobile applications. But what set bullet journal method apart is it hones the skill of de-cluttering the mind and sense of focus.

2. What is the short history of Bullet Journal method?

Ryder Carroll was diagnosed with “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ” or (ADHD) as a child. It’s a mental disorder characterized by inability to focus, learning disability and excessive activity. Growing up, journaling has been his refuge to cut the noise in his head. Through the years, he developed the system that helped him outgrew the challenges of having ADHD . Encouraged by a friend who found the same system useful in his own life, he shared his method online and soon garnered attention in social media. Bullet journaling or bujo eventually became a global productivity tool sensation as it helps others achieve their own goals.

The history is best told from the creator of bullet journal himself with his TED TALK entitled “How to Declutter Your Mind–Keep a Journal”. If you’re a scatterbrained myself, I recommend you to watch this 12-minute video.

3. How bullet journaling help my life as a scatterbrain?

I’ve been doing bullet journaling since the start of the year 2020. At that time, I felt like my social media habits are problematic. I was caught in the cycle of I want to do something but I got a little time. Not that I’m too busy but I was just wasting my time away. Then I will feel guilty and ashamed afterwards. You see, i am not diagnosed with ADHD like the creator of bujo. But the difficulty to focus resonated with me. I used to be an old school journalist since highschool. It stopped when I started working. And of course, when mobile phones became the extension of a person. It was not the only hobby that disappeared. I was also not that into reading books anymore as I used to. A lot of study says that social media makes people impatient, shortens the attention span, gives FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and makes people seek validation by number of followers and likes. In my case, I recognized these signs are true.

It was with my endless scrolling that I stumbled upon the hashtag #bujo and re-discover the world of journaling. I was amazed on how flexible bujo can be. And how it is not demanding it terms of your writing prowess. In most bujo, it’s ideal to have one liner description of a task or thoughts. But feel free to write in your heart content when you feel like it. I decided at that time to lessen my social media and replace it with analog writing to help me with this addiction.

I’m a natural scatterbrain and forgetful. Writing my tasks everyday made me remember majority of my tasks both for work and personal artistic endevors. I am far from what we can say “accomplished blogger” out there. I still forget things specially if I forgot to write a task itself. But I could say that I am making progress compared to what I was before. For example, I am now starting to get meaningful interaction in my Instagram contents.

As Covid-19 pandemic progressed, bullet journaling in return became a refuge. I am spending most of the quarantine alone in a dormitory. Writing my thoughts comforted me. Also, working with the aesthetic of my pages gives me space for artistic outlet. It makes me feel excited at least even I am home alone.

Journaling has been one of the popular method of therapy in the world of psychology. Some prefers maintaining an anonymous blog or any digital writing. In my case, writing by hand gave me more sense of peace and comfort. Maybe because I get distracted easily with social media.

Maintaining a bullet journal can be time-consuming. But I recommend everyone to try it. You can start with one-sentence gratitude journal everyday if writing is not your thing. In my first month, I actually did not do the bullet journaling method by itself. I just tested if I could keep the habit of journaling for a month . Now that I fell in love with it, I decided to proceed to study the bullet journaling method itself. In my next blog, I will write a “Getting Started Guide” and I will try my best to explain it in simplest term. But of course there are already lot of references in the cyberworld if you are curious enough at this very moment.

Before I end this blog, I would also like to invite you to be one of my International Blogger Friend. The basic idea is to have at least one blogger friend in each country. In the Philippines where I live, I also have a separate directory called one friend in each PH Region. For more details, just go to this link. I hope you accept my invitation!

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