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This Life Hack Is Like Marie Kondo for Your Racing Thoughts

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Bullet Journalling has taken the world by storm. Millions of posts on Instagram show how many people are using bullet Journals to organize their lives.


Vogue Magazine says that Bullet Journalling or “BuJo” is “KonMari for your racing thoughts.” Marie Claire UK asks, “Have you started your own Bullet Journal? If not—then why not?” and the Los Angeles Times asks, “Why is everyone crazy for #bujo?”

If you type #bulletjournal into Instagram you will get way over 5 MILLION posts! Hal Elrod, Author of The Miracle Morning says that “BuJo will transform your life, in more ways than you can imagine.” If you put bullet journal into Pinterest…well, grab your coffee and snacks because you will be there for days!

So, what the heck is BuJo, and why is everyone talking about it?

Bullet Journalling was created by Ryder Carroll, and according to his website, he is a “digital product designer and author living in Brooklyn, NY. Diagnosed with learning disabilities early in life, he was forced to figure out alternate ways to be focused and productive. Through years of trial and error, he developed a methodology that went far beyond simple organization. Now he focuses on helping others learn what the Bullet Journal method is truly about: the art of intentional living.

Bullet journalling is a mixture of a planner, a diary, a journal, a doodling pad, an organizer, a Filofax, a birthdays/anniversary calendar and a list maker! Shew! It can be a life-changing approach to things like supporting your healing journey as you track your therapy sessions or a place where you can record your most important prayer requests—and then come back later in the year to fill in all the answered prayer. It’s everything from reminders to Bible verses to get the gas tank filled, and it’s helping people get their lives together all over the globe.

The idea is that through using BoJo you get into a creative rhythm of organizing your thoughts in a way that reduces stress and actually makes you want to put those dreams and to-dos into action. Ryder Carroll says it’s a “…mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system. It’s designed to help you organize your what while you remain mindful of your why. The goal of the Bullet Journal is to help its practitioners (Bullet Journalists) live intentional lives, ones that are both productive and meaningful.”

So, let’s think about our 2020 New Year resolutions—how are those going? We’re heading towards the second quarter of the year, and with all the flux and changes of 2020 already, it’s likely that many of us have not got to all our resolutions. Many Bullet Journal celebrities use their BuJo to get rid of the “noise” in their lives in order to focus on what is essential, important and gives meaning to their lives—like their New Years’ resolutions.

For beginners, there are loads of resources on the internet that will provide guidance and ideas for how to get started.

A top tip that many experienced BuJo’s mention for beginners is not to feel intimidated by all the creative and artistic examples out there. If you are a creative and you love to doodle—go wild!—but if you aren’t into that, not a problem! The Bullet Journal is meant to be a reflection of who you are and to help you prioritize and center your thoughts into one place in order to get to what’s important to you. It’s fun and it’s purposeful—such a great combination.

Here is a great video from the original website BulletJournal.com that helps you to get started on his system. It can be as simple or as detailed as you choose. Basically, all you need to start is a new notebook, at least one pen…and it’s ready, set, go!

For those more experienced in the inspired world of BuJo, here are a few inspirational ideas to get your creative juices flowing even more.

If you would like to download a free bullet journal reference guide you can go here. For those who don’t have lots of extra time—you can go here to get free cover and calendar printables.

What are you waiting for? Join the #BuJo craze!