If you know me, you would agree I have a highly organised (ok, crazy) diary. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’ll tell you all about it today. Because I don’t just have a normal daily planner, oh no! I use a system that I discovered a little while ago and still LOVE…
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The Bullet Journal
What is a Bullet Journal?
If you’ve never heard of it, the Bullet Journal (or BuJo) was developed by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer living in Brooklyn New York. According to their website, the Bullet Journal is ‘a customizable and forgiving organization system that will teach you to do more with less”. Sounds intriguing already, right?
Through “Rapid Logging”, you not only document your monthly, weekly and daily goals and tasks, but you can also add your own unique pages to the journal to document all facets of your life.
Great Bullet Journal example from Tien of ‘tiensmuse’
How does The Bullet Journal System Work?
Ok, let’s break it down, because when I first heard of it, it took me a while to wrap my head around it. So a Bullet Journal entry always consists of the following: a topic, a page number and bullets paired with short-form notations. You can really create a topic page for anything you want!
The bullets will help organize your entries into three categories: Tasks (represented by a dot ‘•’), Events (represented by a circle ‘o’)and Notes (represented by a dash ‘-‘).
You could also add signifiers in front of bullets if you want, for example: a ‘*’ to mark a task as priority, a ‘!’ to mark as inspiration or a picture of an eye for any task you might need to explore further, although I never use these. EVERYTHING in my life is important, of course, haha.
Besides the topic pages, there are a couple of modules that are important in The Bullet Journal: Index (to keep track which topic/collection is on which page), Future Log (to store items that need to be scheduled months in advance or that you want to do later in the year), Monthly Log(general calendar with most important events and a task list) and Daily Log (you create them as you go (although I find myself creating them a week in advance), filled with tasks, notes and events that come up each day).
After each month, you can mark tasks as either complete (‘X’), not relevant anymore (cross-out), schedule for the future (‘<‘) or migrated to the next month (‘>’). You can also do this on a weekly basis if you rather work that way.
Watch this video to see the basics:
Amazing Daily Spread by Kara from Boho Berry
Some people’s pages are like artworks, seriously, but the trick is not to get overwhelmed by this and to just get started with your own, simple pages and grow into it a bit – check #bulletjournal or #bujo for ideas on Instagram, or browse Pinterest, there are loads of suggestions there too!
More Bullet Journal Ideas
Besides keeping track of tasks, events and notes, the Bullet Journal is also a perfect place to record anything else of value to your life. And this is where people think I’m getting obsessed. Which is slightly true. Some ideas of things to record:
- TV-shows you’re watching
- Books you’re reading
- Bucket List ideas
- Hour Tracker of any freelance work you do
- Blog Ideas
- Monthly tracker of water intake, exercise, reading, etc.
- Inspiring quotes
- Meal planners
- Trip planners
- etc. etc. anything you can come up with, really
For example, I have also created a flight log, documenting all the flights I’ve taken (like, EVER.) and a sand collection, where I record all the types of sand I’ve collected from over the world. Call me crazy, but I like it! Will show you these pages in a separate post later!
Gratitude Log by Camilla of Creative Pineapple
Habit Tracker by Sandra of Wundertastisch
Which Bullet Journal Notebook to use?
Because you’ll be drawing your own calendar, a notebook with dotted pages works best in my opinion, especially if you’re looking to get really creative and draw a lot. But of course any journal will do!
The two journals that I’ve hear recommended the most (besides the original Bullet Journal, but I believe those have all been sold at the moment) are these two:
Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Dotted, Black, Hard Cover
Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook A5 Hardcover Dotted Medium Black
And that’s my secret for being insanely organized! Had you ever heard of the Bullet Journal? Something for you or not?
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