BuJo – Part Two (or Three)

In January, several of us discussed the concept of the bullet journaling, and giving it a try. I think I’m finally ready to begin the actual journal part. But I thought I’d share what I’ve done so far – you know, so it looks like I’ve made progress. Because I have. Sort of. I think.


The first step was to recognize that I’d lost all semblance of organization. Prior to the birth of my daughter, I was THAT person. The one that sent a card for every birthday and anniversary. The one who never forgot to RSVP. The one who had her calendar memorized, who threw showers and parties for all occasions. The one who shopped year round, and had holiday gifts handled by October (if not earlier). But then, I had a baby, just after building a house and losing my job. Life became. . .chaotic. After a few years of on-going life changes, my daughter got older, began school, and suddenly I was trying to organize me, as well as our whole family. It took me a few years to realize that I couldn’t do what I used to do, because my life was different (yes, it took years to realize why I couldn’t get it together, but I was perpetually tired – my kid STILL doesn’t sleep well, and she’s a teenager now).

I finally reached a place where I decided to talk greater control of the chaos, and having tripped over the bullet journal concept, decided to give it a try.  I visited the official site  and explored. Next, I meandered over to Pinterest and did a bit of surfing. There are some excellent pages, full of tips and tricks and lessons learned.


My favorite provided not only visual and textual guidance, but recommendations on products. (At this point, I would like to state: What’s not to love about an organizational approach that requires OFFICE SUPPLY shopping?!? “Select a journal,” the site says. One? I can only choose one?! ) I tried to exhibit a bit of self-control, and purchased the recommended product, which was a budget-friendly, basic journal. It has lined pages, a flexible cover, and is a handbag or briefcase-friendly size.

I love pens, doodling, and color-coding, so I did have to order some special pens. Back to my favorite bujo blog, and then to Amazon. Did you know, you can not only buy journals and pens, but also templates to help you make all those fancy designs shown on the bujo blogs? Post-it notes sized just for the most common bujo sizes?! Stickers? Good heavens.

New Templates
Pretty Pens!

My self-control dipped for a bit, but I managed to remember that I had a budget to follow. I purchased a reasonably priced set of pens, and a small set of templates. Nothing else! (Promise.)


The journal arrived quickly (thank you, two-day shipping). The pens and templates arrived not long after.



But then, then. . .I got stuck. Everything I read said I should expect to make mistakes, and might even want to consider using a practice journal until I figured out what I did and didn’t like. Much like a prefer to paint without taping, because taping is too much work, I wasn’t a fan of this idea of a practice journal. But, I also hate making mistakes. *sigh* I decided that the best thing to do was, of course, more research.

More journals!

Before that, however, I stumbled into the local Barnes and Noble. In our local store, the beautiful, pretty, lovely journals are right near the front, nearly impossible to ignore. Yes, dear readers, I did it – I bought another journal. Actually, two. One is for work, I promise.

THEN I went home, and found some helpful videos by Carrie Christie on YouTube to help me actually get started. I’m ready to go, and as soon as I publish this post, I’ll crack open one of these journals, those shiny new pens, and drop some ink on the page.


*For those of you who are paying attention, there are indeed four journals pictured, even though I only wrote about three. Shh! I snuck one in somewhere.


Author: Pamela A. Oberg

Pamela is Director, Client Services (Program Management) at an educational assessment company by day, writer by night. Founder of Writers on Words (a discussion and critique group), Pamela enjoys spinning tales of murder and mayhem, with an occasional foray into the world of the paranormal.

15 thoughts on “BuJo – Part Two (or Three)”

    1. I probably should gather all the blank journals/notebooks I have, and put them in one place so I can see the hoarding I’ve got going on. Cautious optimism is what I’m going for with this bujo approach, but I’m pretty excited. (I’m not unaware that playing with this journal approach is allowing me to ignore the plot hole I need to fill in my story.)


  1. I am intrigued to see how this project turns out. I generally make lists on a word document and revise them periodically. And I use a lot of stickies, which Mia pointed out tend to get unsticky and fall off. Thanks for the progress report!


  2. This whole thing is giving me sweaty palms! I know I’d be way worse than you, Pamela. I’d shop and research and dither until I got it just right … and it would NEVER be just right. Despite my jealousy of your office supply and pen shopping, I’m going to stick to my calendar, weekly to-do list, and pencil. I’ll leave the doodling to you. Fingers crossed it works for you!

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  3. It’s interesting but it would lead me into much shopping, a lot of journals and tape and stickies and colored pencils and colored pens etc. Then I’d start it and it would look messy and confusing just like all my attempts at journaling,organizing. But I am going to adopt the indexing idea. That alone is a wonderful thing that I never ever thought of before.

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  4. It is nice to see that people still use physical journals and planners and not do everything electronically – being and old school-type person who remembers how computers routinely crash and data is lost … even if you have a hard copy of it, you still are inconvenienced for a time … glad I am not alone in this regard.

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    1. True! I find a need a break from my technology. Plus, when I’m doing some activity or chore, I’ve found it’s frustrating to have to boot up a device, hope that it’s charged, wait for it open, navigate to my list/notebook/app. . .it doesn’t actually save any time! Als0, if I type my notes, I don’t remember them. In my current job, I have to actually remember some of what I’ve documented – without having to look it up.

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      1. Oh, I’m with you on that … I work for a labor attorney and he’s been in practice since 1972. He refuses to use any electronic device for calendaring, preferring to use his trusty “Week-at-a-Glance” (Of course he did lost the calendar for three months one year … found it in a client file.)

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  5. You and I are on this journey together. I started my BuJo February 1st. It’s the ugliest, messiest, least perfect one I’ve seen. But it actually seems to be working for me. And based on what I’ve read and experienced, you’ll get to those additional journals in no time.


  6. So pretty! I love stationery. I have to admit I still haven’t started my bujo either. I had all these grand plans, but every time I laid out all my supplies, I’d think of all the work ahead and…go do something else instead.

    Hope you have better luck with your bujo than I have lately!


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