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Should You BuJo?
Or…Why I always go back to it…
It’s been a while since I’ve just written a post like this and filed it under “My Creative View.” The reason is because I wasn’t really sure it’s purpose. To serve me or others? How does writing my personal thoughts on random things, mostly writing-related, help me in the long run? All these questions pass through my mind and I ultimately decided to just ignore them and “get back to work.”
The BuJo comes in to remind me that no good idea, no matter how small and insignificant it might seem at the time, should be ignored. My thoughts today on a subject might change but that is what growth is all about and how else will I see how far I’ve gone if I don’t document the journey?
In many ways that’s what BuJo is intended to be and why it’s hailed by so many people from different walks of life. BuJo is what you make of it. It isn’t quite a calendar, or planner, or journal. It’s all of the above. My Substack isn’t quite a blog, or newsletter, or diary. It’s all of the above.
What you do with the tools given to you make all the difference in the world when it comes to following through on your intentions.
BuJo helps me track my journey towards fulfilling my intentions while Substack is where I store the fruits of my labor. My intentions are to tell stories using words. Substack helps me to share those words with as many people as possible. BuJo helps me to stay the course and make sure I stay true to mg intentions. But it goes one step further. It helps me realize when my intentions may change or shift focus. And if that happens it’s not meant as a judgement on my ability to stay the course but a reminder that it’s okay to change.
Do I want to be a successful author? Of course! But with so many possible paths to get there why force myself to walk just one? Having my BuJo helps me to look back on the many roads I took along the way.
If you are thinking about starting your own Bullet Journal journey and think it’s too late in your life or in the year to do it, check out this video from the creator himself, Ryder Carroll:
I’m going to “begin again” with my BuJo journey and just start in July with my intentions for the rest of the year and next year.
I’ll share my thoughts along the way and I may even be so bold as to share my messy spreads as well.
Do you BuJo? I’d love to hear about your journey and how it’s helped you along the way.