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My Adaptation of the BUJO Method (And How You Can Make It Your Own Too)

Updated: Jun 11, 2023


Bullet journal with pens and washi tape.

How I got into Bullet Journaling


I’ve tried every planner system you can probably think of. From guided planners to blank slates, to prioritization methods, and so on. But nothing seemed to stick. Nothing seemed to click into place. Until my sister looked at me like I was stupid one day and said, “why don’t you try the bullet journal method.” And I hated to admit that she was right, and it was exactly what I needed, (siblings amiright?).


What is the Bujo Method?


The bullet journal method is a surprisingly simple method to organizing your day-to-day activities, journaling your thoughts, and planning your future by examining your past. It’s a record of you and your life and can be anything you want it to be.

To avoid confusion, I suggest watching Ryder’s video. He created the method and thus he explains it the best way. No muss, no fuss. It’ll all click into place in five minutes.


My System


Over the years of bullet journaling, I’ve been able to adapt the method to suit my needs. Mainly this meant cutting out the future and monthly logs. This is because I wasn’t looking back at it. I’d create the page and then just leave it there and hardly refer back to it. So, I cut them out.


I also realized there was a better way to index my pages. I used to index my pages like this: 1-3, 4-6, etc. Now I write the title: January weekly spreads and list the pages next to it: 9, 23, 31, 39.


How to Personalize It & Where To Start

These are some of my first bujo pages. Ever. (And excuse the fact I had to blur out most of it). I tried to make it fancy or at least pretty (but I hadn’t developed those skills yet). For now, it was functional, just for me, and I could take as much time as I needed to practice.


After four years of journaling. I’ve found my style – minimal with a touch of colour – my handwriting has improved, and I have my favourite supplies and go-to pens.


Starting Out


Now I know you don’t have to buy an expensive journal and a calligraphy pen in order to bullet journal. But…I loved the Leuchtturm journals the second I saw them so I’ve pretty much stuck with those (but always in a different colour lol). Pens vary because I use them up so quickly. There’s a store not far from where I live called Midori that sells all the cheap muji pens and notebooks, so I typically use those. I’ve tried more expensive pens but didn’t like them as much.


Now I typically have a pen, a ruler, and a marker or brush pen handy for journaling (and whiteout of course). And I suggest that’s all you start with too. Keep it simple and build from there. Yes, we all see those super pretty bujos out there but if that’s not something we can do or even have the time to do, that’s ok. It doesn’t have to be pretty; it has to be effective.


Final Thoughts


Bullet journaling has changed my life in so many small ways. I’ve built healthier habits; it was there to journal in during my years in the swamp of depression. I, for the first time, learned how to practice gratitude. I have four-ish years of my life recorded for me to look back on. Mini stories, poems, day-to-day activities, gratitude lists, and memories. What hooked me on the bujo was how simple the system was – but more so how adaptable and flexible it was. I can put anything I want in this journal, it’s a blank page. No orderly months and weeks and day. The bujo can be whatever I need it to be at any given moment, and that’s what makes it so effective.

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