I’m really interested in the idea of keeping a journal at the moment. Some friends of mine recently introduced me to bullet journals (aka Bujo) – have you encountered them? I can’t believe I have been on Pinterest/Instagram for so long without having noticed them. Rather than go into huge amounts of detail about the concept, here’s a great introductory video by the creator of the BuJo, Ryder Carroll, and here’s the official Bullet Journal website.
A friend has been doing bullet journaling for a while now and was kind enough to share how it works for her – it was so interesting and I could really see the benefits of categorising, indexing and organising tasks, lists, plans and ideas. And of course, now I have found them, I am totally blown away by all the amazing BuJo resources on Pinterest!).
Although I feel very wary about taking on another activity that I won’t be able to maintain, I am coming round to the idea that keeping a bullet journal can increase focus and productivity, so it might be time well spent. My current system is not so great…here’s a couple of pages from my current note book/diary/to do list:
As you can see, there are creative ideas mixed up with personal stuff, random doodles, future project lists, urgent tasks, and I confess that it has become so disorganised (and frankly, depressing) that I am scared to open it sometimes – which really does defeat the object of keeping it.
I’ve also been investigating other kinds of journaling including morning pages, as developed by Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way, and art and creative journaling too. More about them another day, but in the meantime, I’m interested to find out – if you keep one, what kind of journal do you keep and how does it work for you?