Two things to keep in mind when setting up your BuJo

Two things to keep in mind when setting up your BuJo

Today I sent out my first lesson n my free e-course on how to use the BuJo in your dog training. To do a good job I spend some time on social media, looking for ideas, reading about what people do and don’t do with their BuJo, what inspiration they want, and what problems they have.

From what I read I want to give two pieces of advice, that are my personal thoughts:

1.Think about what YOU need to have in your BuJo.

There are endless lists of stuff you CAN have, and people love to show you what THEY have, but the whole point is to gain time – not loose time. So choose what YOU need. There are no rules. There are no “have to”-s.

My monthlies:

Every month I make a few goals for the month and break the goals down to tasks that I track. I have my dates, my goals, and my tasks on the left. On the right you find my trackers – the first one is about how often I train. Recalls and position are divided into four boxes, and I mark when I train the different aspects of the exercise. Level B (behind the treats) shows what behaviours my dogs know in Parkour level B, what we need to train, and what I have on film.  And on the bottom right, a list of different parkour behaviours that I want to use in films.

This is what I need, this month.

2. Forget to be perfect. Just write.

The major purpose of my BuJo is to get me to do the stuff I need to do when I need to do it. If it looks fancy and pretty that’s nice, but the function is the most important thing. A daily page takes me two minutes to lay out, the perfect amount of time to actually think about what we are going to train.

This is a notebook and a black pen I found in a drawer. Nothing fancy. Four lines, the day and date, and five things that are important to me: what to train, why to train it, tendencies I need to deal with, what went really well, and “think about this”. It’s not artsy or coloured. But to me, it’s pretty – because it’s functional.

I have found that the “art thing” really is quite relaxing and fulfilling for me, so I have added more of that (as you will see later). But that actually is something else – that is about my creativity wanting to come out through my fingers. I know that so is the case for a lot of BuJo-users, and the possibility to be really creative is one of the things I love about it, but it is not “necessary”!

Let me show you an easy daily layout (two days, I quickly noticed that I didn’t need more space than half a page/day), and how easily you can use some washi tape if you want to “spice it up” in one minute:

“Wait! Didn’t you mention an e-course…?”

Well, I’m glad you asked! Yes, I did! And you find it HERE.  

Join the fun! It’s free…;)


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