Bullet Journaling is becoming more and more popular. I’ve kept a bullet journal on and off for a couple of years now but this year is the first I have kept it going.
A bullet journal, or BuJo as the cool kids call them, is just a notebook or diary which you keep track of whatever you like in. There are no pre-printed pages or dates and if you are even slightly creative are a fantastic outlet.
I use bullet journaling to help with my depression. I get very anxious when I’m not in control, I also always think I haven’t done anything or achieved anything. When you have depression even something as simple as having a shower is an achievement on a bad day.
I tend to keep track of all the little things that I do in a week, like going to work, cleaning the house, walking the dogs and so on. This just allows me to visually see that I have done things this week, month, year and I’m not totally useless.
I also use it to note down my blog posts and schedule, the dates I go for a run and how far I went and I’ve just started the 30 day plank challenge so I added in a page for that as well.
Not only does it let me keep track of the things I need to, it gets all the things in my head out of it. Thoughts can be overwhelming and the act of writing them down can help enormously, it’s mindfulness in written form.
The best part of a bullet journal for me though is the creative side. I can use stamps, coloured pens and pencils, washi tape, I can draw in it, stick things in it, it’s almost like having a scrapbook for everyday life. It doesn’t need to be neat or ordered, it can be total chaos in book form.
Some people produce beautiful bullet journals, with neat spreads and themes, just look at Pinterest, it’s full of them. For me, I like the chaos, my brain is chaotic and as I have issues with control if I started trying to make it perfect it never would be, that would make me anxious.
So my BuJo is deliberately messy. There is no monthly spread or theme, things aren’t square or in order, it just is what it is and I adore it.