Staff Chat: Bullet Journaling

Sara: Hi! This is Sara, and I’m with Ülrika and Kevin chatting about Bullet Journaling today! We’ve got a workshop coming up on the 20th at 6:30pm, so in preparation for that I want to get everyone in the #BuJo mood. Let’s start simple: what is bullet journaling?

Ülrika: Bullet journaling is different things to different people. Normally it’s a way of taking your ideas and planning out your life, as well as going through and marking off things you’ve accomplished, moving things forward (so if you didn’t accomplish you can move it to the next week, the next month…). It also allows people to have categories such as an exercise chart or cleaning. It basically is a planner, but you’re also journaling into one solid location.

S: Kevin?

Kevin: I really just use it as a planner, is what I do. I do some extra things. I don’t get as crazy as most people do, like I don’t keep track of other things outside of planning. As a planner, I like bullet journaling a lot because it’s modular but you’re not confined to a little box. It’s a good way to turn a journal into a planner where you have more space to work with and you can move things around.

Ü: You can basically create it any way you want to. It gives you a lot more flexibility and you can make it as simple or complicated as you want.

K: Some days you might have a lot going on, you’ll take up a whole page. Some days you might just be using a little bit, so i like that you can move like that, it keeps everything very organized. Also I like the numbering, where you can reference different parts of the book.

Ü: So your index.

K: Yeah. Indexing is very helpful.

S: So what are some keywords that you use in bullet journaling?

Ü: Index, categories – categories is anything that’s not in your planning, that’s not a future log – so you have your index, your log, your categories.

S: Hardcore.

K: The log is stuff that’s going to happen in the future, that you’d like to get done eventually. You have your daily log, which is your day to day, sometimes you have a weekly log. I break it down: each month, one side will have every day of the month, and I write the major events that are happening in that month. Then on the next page, it’s the major events with a little more detail, time if it’s a meeting, stuff like that. And then you zoom in to the daily log after that.

The important thing is – I say detailed, but you want to keep it kind of quick. That’s the other reason I like it, the idea isn’t to fill it up with a bunch of words. So there’s a lot of symbols you use, markers that make it easy to jot down.

Ü: Plus, it makes it easy if you’re not putting so much down. One of the things with a lot of people’s planners is that if you’re filling up the space, you’re getting very bogged down trying to plan out every moment, everything, but this, you really want to keep very simple and light. It’s not so complicated that you end up getting lost in what you’ve tried to plan out.

S: So what kind of journals and notebooks do you use for bullet journaling?

Ü: Leuchtturm.

K: Those are good.

Ü: I mean, you already have a built-in index with Leuchtturm, the pages are numbered. But you can bullet journal with anything. Some people bullet journal in their planner, an actual planner. Not everyone uses dotted paper, some people like to use a grid or a plain journal so they can do their own thing. Also it depends on what you're writing with in your journal. If it’s a fountain pen, or markers, you’re going to want something that’s a heavier weight. Leuchtturm is great for that, Moleskine is really good for that.

K: The most important thing is that you want it to be big. Not too big, but when I started I was using one of the small Moleskines, and it was way too tiny. You just want to give yourself enough space, especially when you’re making your calendars.

S: In a couple sentences, Ülrika, how would you describe the workshop that’s coming up?

Ü: The workshop that’s coming up is a couple things. It’s kind of a continuation of the first one we did in May (a lot of people asked for a continuation). That was just a very general overview of what bullet journaling is. We had Kristara come in to teach calligraphy as well. This time we’re going to focus on logs. We’re going to focus on the future log, the weekly log, the daily log, and then also start to look into different types of things that you can make as a category. Because anything can be a category.

S: I will add that in addition to bullet journaling, in terms of organizing your life, we have a great selection of food-related sidelines that are very cool right now.

Ü: Meal planning, recipe editors, which are great because it allows you to make the changes that you need in your recipe books, either in a magazine or a cookbook. You can leave yourself little notes, which is great as well. We also have two forms of meal planners for people.

S: We take our organization very seriously at Brazos Bookstore! Anything else to add?

Ü: this workshop should be a lot of fun! there will be a raffle, there’ll be giveaways, it should be a really good time.

S: And rosé.

Ü: Always.

K: Rosé wave.

S: Okay, Kevin.

Don't forget to join us on July 20th for our Bullet Journaling workshop! 

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