Do you #BuJo? It stands for bullet journaling. Perhaps you’ve noticed gorgeously illustrated, intricately lettered to-do lists that show up in social media feeds once dominated by babies, puppies, epic meals and far-flung vacation landscapes.
The heavily inked pages can look like a secret form of communication, but bullet journaling is actually meant to give clarity. It’s an organizational system that can help journalers supercharge their to-do lists, stay on track with goals and even revolutionize their approach to personal finance.
“There’s something about writing with pen and paper that can make tasks feel more impactful than if they’re just stored on your phone,” says Alaia Williams, a Los Angeles-based business operations strategist, “community cultivator” and bullet journaling evangelist. Williams uses the technique in her own day-to-day and encourages clients to adopt bullet journaling as part of a holistic approach to raising their organizational game.
Here’s how to begin applying this powerful tool in your own life.