BuJo Love! ADHD and Bullet Journaling

I am having a great time trying out the Bullet Journal format developed by ADHDer Ryder Carroll.  I started with the basics.

This was a speedy run-through. For more in-depth step by step explanations please visit: bulletjournal.com

I wanted to keep things simple at first - and the journal was both fast and linear.  Things really started taking off once I began making lists.  Movies we want to see, books we want to read, date nights, digital brand to-do lists, etc.  All those ADHD moments of persistent thoughts go in the journal and out of my head.   I am enjoying a little decorating and doodling now and then as a way to relax or just take a mental break.  

This is how to create a bullet journal, which is a planner that's great for ADHDers, college students, or anyone who loves the feel of pen and paper over digital.

Then, I got a little bit bored.  So, I tried going non-linear to see how that felt.  And, BOOM!  I was interested again re-engaged!

 Ahhh!  Fun with formats.

Ahhh!  Fun with formats.

I love to see the things I've accomplished.  When I was worried about my digital brand, I looked at my list.  Oh, I was all caught up, and I could flip through the journal to look for something else to do with my time and energy because that worry was no longer cluttering up my thoughts.  I also like that I can note when infrequent tasks were done in case I freak out later about something (and totally forget when I did it).

BUJO Infrequent Tasks List

I am collecting ideas for ADHD brains and artists who may crave more layouts.  I am enjoying seeing pages that inspire me.  I also see pages that make me realize that too much time, energy and expense in decorating isn't going to help me be more productive or happy.  I just bought a cheap pack of stencils and a very basic dot journal.  I already had some pens.

One idea I am for sure doing is a list of all the things I like about myself including my ADHD strengths skills and all the things that help me recover from emotional dysregulation (a.k.a. ADHD meltdowns).  This two-page layout will be my go-to when my brain does that ADHD thing of forgetting that I have tools I may need to consider applying, that I like myself and that I can be responsible for my own resilience.

I like to see the things I've done that I falsely believe I'm bad at -- like my networking log.  So, every time I do a network-y thing, I put it on the list.  It feels good to add to the list so there's a little reward neurotransmitter thing happening for sure when I use this page.  That helps me keep up my momentum on this goal.

The final thing that is maybe the most important is that if I get bored with my journal, I can just change the layout for goals, months, days... anything.  I have created a habit of using the journal, AND I can make it interesting again whenever I want.

Post your BuJo layouts.  I am really curious to see what works for you.

-- Susan