What’s a 'Bullet Journal' and how can it help you?
We know what it’s like. No, really. We do. If it’s not having to remember the milk on your way into work, then it’s having to remember the bread on your way home. Before you to the gym, that is. But after you’ve met that friend for coffee. Talking of coffee, have you drank enough water today? And did you remember to hang the washing out this morning? No? Well you won’t be wearing your culotte jumpsuit at those birthday drinks tomorrow then after all. And we bet you haven’t remembered a card. Thought as much. But don’t worry; if this is you, then help is at hand. Introducing the bullet journal…
Life’s fast, and it’s only getting faster, as we’re forced to juggle all manner of appointments, dates, meetings and social gatherings…while still making time for mammoth Netflix binge watches (how good was Stranger Things?). And that so-called electronic PA on your smart phone is no way near as helpful as those original adverts made out. So what’s the solution? Well, our new athleisure range, which blends sport with style for easy gym-to-work dressing, is definitely a start - but while it might shave a few minutes off your time in the dressing room, it probably won’t help you remember the milk. Instead, it’s time to go 90s on your stationary drawer; pencil crayons, glittery gel pens and a trustee bedside journal are all you need to get started…with a spark of creativity to get you going.
So, how do you make a bullet journal?
Developed by digital designer, Ryder Carroll, the bullet journal is essentially a to-do list dressed up as diary. Essentially. But why then would there be 116,576 posts on Instagram dedicated to the concept, under the hashtag #BUJO? Well, herein lies the difference. While the general idea is to sketch out your daily agenda – whether that’s tasks, chores, dates, memos or simply stray thoughts – it needs to be in a highly organised manner and accompanied by some super cute doodles, hence the crayons and gel pens. And the more colourful and creative, the better. But while most people stick with a basic daily schedule, others have been known to create elaborate symbol codes, highly stylised layouts and even dedicated subsections, including monthly planners, Christmas gift guides and the proverbial bucket list.
But can a bullet journal actually help?
Yes, is the short answer. And while the bullet journal might look like a total time-eater, it’s proven to be extremely effective. According to neuroscientist, Daniel Levitin, the act of putting thoughts to paper helps you remember them, as it ‘externalises your memory.’ Think about it, if you’ve spent five minutes lovingly sketching our your shopping list, you’re going to be far less likely to forget something, right? But it also frees up your mind to concentrate on more important issues, and is a great way to relieve anxiety at the end of the day, in much the same way as the colouring book trend a few years ago.
So let us know what you make of the bullet journal craze in the comment section below; do you use one already, and if so, has it made a difference? If not, do you see any benefits in doing so? Now if you'll excuse us, we need to make a quick trip to Smiths...not forgetting the milk en-route!