Earlier this year I lost my journaling mojo; it seems this is the year for losing various mojos. My Bullet Journal (BuJo) has been pretty much neglected and my personal journal has about one entry per month. That’s pretty dumb as my BuJo was working well and keeping things (and me) organized. I’ll admit my personal journal was getting a bit stale, but wisdom has it that things can get tough before a change, and maybe that’s where I’m headed.
In an attempt to rekindle at least the Bullet Journaling part of my journaling efforts I’ve invested in some fancy dot grid paper – Tekukor Dot Grid A6, 192 pages. I was going to cut the covers off, but as the notebook fits nicely in my leather cover with them in place I’ll leave them as-is for the moment.
Of course, now I’m confronted by blank notebook syndrome. That’s the reluctance to start using a notebook for fear of screwing it up. It’s a bit like parking a new car in an unused area of a parking lot or putting plastic covers on your furniture. Totally irrational, but nonetheless a real hurdle to overcome. However, I reckon I’ll slap that irrationality down as soon as I’ve decided how I’m going to use the notebook. Currently, I think that after several years of doing it ‘my way’ I’m going to give myself the challenge of a ‘pure form’ of Bullet Journaling as originally posited by Ryder Carroll. I’ll sleep on that idea and if I still fancy the challenge in the morning I’ll set it up.
Update on my Bullet Journal Reboot (July 2019)
This notebook only lasted about two to three days. Unfortunately, the paper is not good enough for my use, my fountain pens bleed through the paper making the reverse sides difficult to use. One of these notebooks at 194 pages replaced two of my Apica CD 10 notebooks with a combined page count of 208 pages. So my original solution of using two Apica CD10 notebooks, with much better quality paper, but no page numbers is what I’ve gone back to using.
The experiment with the ‘pure form’ bullet journal, is working so far.
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