What is a Bullet Journal and why do you need one in your life? Read Lesson 1 so you can learn to Bullet Journal.
Bullet Journaling has been a hot trend for a little while in the planner and getting organized communities online, but it may not be something that you’ve heard of.
If not, you’re in for a treat. If you love to-do lists and check-lists, this is something you don’t want to miss!
This is the “how” and “why” it was created:
Bullet Journal® (or BuJo® for short) was created by Ryder Carroll, an digital product designer and author living in Brooklyn, NY. Diagnosed with learning disabilities early in life, he was forced to figure out alternate ways to be focused and productive. Through years of trial and error, he developed a methodology that went far beyond simple organization. Now he focuses on helping others learn what the Bullet Journal method is truly about: the art of intentional living.
If you have heard of it and you are wanting to try it and have no idea where to start or it seems overwhelming, this is the perfect place to learn to bullet journal.
This is the first in a series of article lessons that will show you exactly how to bullet journal and by the end of if you will be a Bullet Journal Goddess.
If you are like me and have WAY too many things to remember and think about on a daily basis, you need a simple system to help you keep track. Bullet Journaling was made for you!!
We all have a lot of different daily tasks, appointments, and various things we need to remember. Trying to keep track of everything in your head becomes exhausting. And if you manage a team at work or a family at home, it becomes near impossible. Just think of how much more productive and less stressed you’ll be if you can stop trying to remember all this “stuff”.
A bullet journal is a way of keeping track of everything you need to do in one notebook. That is what sold it for me, everything in one place and written in my own handwriting (which is proven to be more effective on our brain retention!!)
Let’s start with the basics. A Bullet Journal usually consists of three different parts:
Part 1: The index and key.
They will occupy the first two pages of your journal and help you stay on track with what’s where and how the journal works.
Here are examples of a key and an index, you will see they are not complicated at all!:
Part 2: Monthly log or calendar, and then running daily entries.
More on how these work in a minute.
This is a great example of a Monthly Log, it is also referred to as a Future Log.
Part 3: The last part of a bullet journal is something called collections or lists.
They are just that, lists of related things you want to keep track of. For example, you may have a list of books you want to read, or a list of clients you need to contact this month.
These are the lists I have in my own Bullet Journal:
- Movies + Shows to watch
- Books to Read
- Blog Ideas
- 50 before 50 List (you can see it HERE)
- Exercise Tracker
- Medical Info (Drs etc)
- Things to Know
Here are some more examples of list ideas, they are so fun!
This one is so pretty:
The idea with a bullet journal is that you set aside two pages for your index and then record things as they come up throughout your day, week, or month.
At the beginning of the month you set up a monthly page. This is your space to record appointments, anniversaries and the likes.
Some bullet journalers will simply make a list of 1-30 (or 31) and then leave space to note appointments as they come up. This is what I did.
Here is an example of a simple Monthly Page (or Spread)
Others prefer to draw a more traditional monthly calendar grid over two pages. Try both and see what works better for you. As you draw each monthly grid or list at the beginning of the month, make a note of what page it is on in your index.
On the next blank page, enter today’s date and start recording things you need to take care of, appointments to keep today, and anything else you need to keep track of including quick notes and ideas.
This is where your key comes in handy. There are two common ways to do your key along with many variations in between.
■ Completed Task
⍈ Migrated Task
⬤ Completed Appointment
⟴ Migrated Appointment
ᐧ (Dot) Task
X Completed Task
> Migrated Task
Appointments and notes are used as before.
Any task on your list can be crossed out if it is no longer applicable or needed.
Pick the key system that seems most intuitive for you and start recording the things you need to keep track of and remember in your Bullet Journal. One way to think of it is as the ultimate ongoing to-do list.
At the end of the day, review your list.
Things that have not been completed need to either be crossed out because they are no longer relevant and important, or they should be moved to a tomorrow. If you don’t want to, or can’t tackle an item or two the next day, leave it open and make sure you review and work it in at a later date.
Suggested Bullet Journal items to get started:
The best resource for Bullet Journaling is Ryder Carroll’s website: bulletjournal.com
I hope you love doing this as much as I do! Let me know if you have any questions and I would love to chat to you about it.