Just when the whole world is going digital, here comes the revival of analog journal writing. The free and fluid form of bullet journaling is very engaging for the author. You can use the models that developer Ryder Carroll offers at the website http://bulletjournal.com or branch of in ways that pleases your style and taste. What stood out the most for myself was creating and keeping an index. I suggest strongly that you have an index. Of course since it is a journal you are going to have daily entries (I present my sample in the picture.) So here is the skeleton you should probably adhere to. Index pages(s); Month in Preview – your own monthly calendar with the events, appointments you anticipate; Daily journal entries; Year in Preview – the most important events for each month. Ryder suggests a bullet system of hollowed bullets O for events such as birthdays, a solid bullet for tasks, using forward arrows > to migrate an unfinished task to the next day, next month, next year (eventually), using an X through solid bullets when task are completed, using alerts like ! ? * for further research, review, etc., and – for notes, entries. My experience has elevated my bullet journaling to an entirely new level. The reason I call it Zen and the Art of Bullet Journaling. Taking off from other examples I found on the web, I fell in love with trackers. A tracker is essentially a table of rows and columns for you to keep track for daily goals, landmarks, milestone. I have a daily tracker to check off my daughters’ phone calls, writing in my bujo, daily exercise, daily prayer and ‘dhyan’, drinking a special ayurvedic health tonic concoction. I have another daily tracker for recoding the meals and foods I consume as I work towards my staying healthy goals. As my bullet journaling grew with me and my Zenism became evident, I began to do pen sketches of the view from the various windows in my home. They change daily with the seasons. I began to practice drawing emojis that I could use with my daily entries. (You can see samples in the picture.) I introduced a page for entering blog topic ideas and keeping a calendar of the ones I post/publish. I created a list of books I want to read. I created a page to write my Bengali and Hindi alphabets and numbers. I can find everything by just scanning my detailed index. Therefore keep one. And number your pages. Get creative! May Zen inspire you to explore the depth and breadth of this unchartered ocean of knowledge. I assure you, your bullet journal will become your best friend.
Why my BUJO works for me? Like all things in life it takes practice and discipline. I am completing my 90 days at BUJO. I make it my very own EXPRESSION!! Now I don’t have to look for emojis. I am becoming brave at creating my very own graphics. Its my Mindful Breathing. Do you dare to BUJO!