by Thomas Cole, Guest Contributor
I’m here to give you a taste of how I combined my WRAP and my bullet journal (bujo for short).
What is a bujo?
The bullet journal (bujo) was created by Ryder Carroll. A bujo is a cross between a planner, diary, notebook, to do list, scrapbook and sketchbook.
Why do I bujo?
It has helped declutter my mind, take stock of my life, and plan for the future. It has made me feel more grounded, focused, calmer, and inspired.
How do I bujo?
Get a pen and any notebook. I encourage you to watch a tutorial video to get started. This is one of my favorites from the founder of the bullet journal system. Ryder Carroll published his book The Bullet Journal Method in 2018. In it he describes the building blocks for a bujo, which he calls collections. The minimum collections needed to build a bujo are:
My Key looks like this:
A key part of the bujo is “rapid logging.” Instead of using long-winded sentences we use clear, concise bullet points.
What does this have to do with WRAP?
I have integrated my WRAP into my bujo. For me they work well together because:
How did I integrate my WRAP into my bujo?
I used my Bujo to condense all the important parts of my WRAP to make it a concise accessible format which I can carry with me.
I missed the daily plan! Where is it?
The daily plan is covered in bullet journaling itself — the Future Log (planning months ahead), Monthly Log (see an overview of the month’s tasks), and Habit Tracker. The Habit Tracker has been mentioned before on the WRAP website here.
Here is a sample of my Monthly Log (Overview) and habit/mood tracker for March 2019.
Page 76 and 77 in the photo above illustrate my March Monthly Log. Page 76 provides an overview. Page 77 illustrates my goals and tasks.
The column on the left shows the dates and days of week. There is a gap to write my important events (e.g., WRAP group). The next column shows my mood tracker. The first three columns indicate what my mood is like in the morning, afternoon and evening (see my Mood Key in the first photo).
The next columns are my habits (5 fruit and vegetables a day, exercise, meditate, etc.). These can either be something you do (exercise) or not do (nail biting) to support your wellness and/or your life goals (e.g., losing weight). At the end of each day, I reflect on the day and fill in my mood tracker and note which habits I have completed. This helps me keep track of how I am doing. For example, if I was stressed (early warning sign), I would do some exercise and meditate (wellness tools). I have added a goal of completing 70% of the habits over the month (i.e., filled in 70% of the boxes). If I do this, I reward myself to keep me motivated.
After the monthly log, I start my daily log and this involves writing my activities, thoughts, experiences, memories and feelings. This is very important when it comes to reflection. It becomes a record and reminder to live according to my intentions.
I believe that the bujo and WRAP really does help sustaining my wellness. I hope my brief account has given you a flavor of how they can be used together and how you might try it out yourself.