What is a Bullet Journal?
Bujo?! What? Don’t panic. Bujo is short for bullet journal and it’s a style of journaling that pretty much tries to do everything. You can find information about it here, plus many many pinterest and instagram inspirations.
Bullet journalling allows me to track everything from homesteading activities such as gardening, chickens, sewing, and cooking from scratch. The bullet journal design also lets me keep track of basics like cleaning schedule, budget, grocery lists. I appreciate the creative and customizable look that helps me keep track of the different parts of my life. I have a bullet journal just for work, which is separate. All homesteading goals and ideas are in this bujo.
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Four Easy Steps:
- Get a blank, sturdy, preferably pocket size notebook
- Find a good pen (I use the Staedtler pens because I also appreciate the different colors)
- Review what you have
- Customize pages to fit needs
How I started
I started by reading over last years garden journal. It was nice to review and look at the way the year went but both the notebook itself (fell apart) and the layouts I chose left a lot to be desired. I heard of Bullet Journaling from Boho Berry on YouTube and was both inspired and aesthetically pleased. I like being creative and accomplished!
So with colored pens and a Scribbles That Matter (r) mini book I gave it a shot. I enjoy looking at it and reading it so I check on it daily. It’s customized which means it makes it easy to keep up with and it is set up by me which makes it most suited to me. I don’t have to remember one notebook for harvests or one app for chickens. Nope, this is a one stop shop.
One concrete example is to use the homestead goals as a reminder of what I need to fill in for monthly, weekly and daily spreads. I add one or more of the items from the goal list into my planner portion.
Using the seed inventory and the seeds I want to order, I placed an order. The orange scribbles are from a small helper ;). You can read more about included them here.
The year-at-a-glance pages are very helpful. The average first and last frost dates, free gardening classes at a local nursery, when chicks are supposed to arrive, etc. are included on these pages. Then I slowly fill in monthly, weekly and daily logs to add the information there as well so that the information is in a few spots as a good reminder. I hope to use it for from scratch item such as lotion bars, learning to bake bread and making loofah soap.
What garden journaling system do you like? Leave a comment and let me know! Thanks for stopping by.