If you love getting organized—or really, really want to get organized—bullet journaling might be for you.
Brooklyn designer Ryder Carroll introduced the concept of bullet journals, which sound hardcore, but really just involve very smart strategies for using an old-fashioned unlined notebook for planning purposes, eschewing helter-skelter list-making or smartphone- and cloud-based apps for writing stuff down on paper.
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Unlike your average to-do list, these journals (bujos for short), don’t just help with your daily task list. They serve as highly personalized, lavishly illustrated organizers, calendars, diaries and dreambooks that can be used for both project management and appointment keeping as well as big-picture goal attainment. Today, the productivity-boosting system has a bit of a cult following—just look up #bulletjournal or #bujo on Instagram, and you’ll find over half a million results.
It’s a system that has attracted hundreds of gardeners (there's even a dedicated Bullet Journals In the Garden group on Facebook) who use their bujos for logging everything from seed spacing to chicken egg production.
Here, six gardeners let us take a peek inside their bullet journals and share what they’ve learned from the experience. Even if you’ve never started a journal before, they might inspire you to pick up a notebook and plot out your own garden bullet journal. (And if you also are new to gardening, here’s everything you need to start gardening.)