What is a Bullet Journal you may ask? Well, The Bullet Journal is a customizable organization system. It can help you keep track of your daily, weekly, and monthly task. The Bullet Journal can serve as your sketchpad, maybe your notebook, or even your diary! By now it should be clear that The Bullet Journal can serve any and every purpose you desire. Think of it as an outlet designed just for you, by you! To get started all you need is a journal and a pen (no specific types required).
The Bullet Journal is written in the language of Rapid Logging in order to limit effort and time expanded or, in other words, prevent journaling from feeling like a chore.
The four components of rapid logging are: Topics, Page Numbers, Short Sentences, and Bullets. After you’ve mastered the basics, feel free to add your own style.
Now, let’s get to it!
Start EVERY page of your bullet journal by identifying the date and page number. This will allow you to easily come back to a page when you need to see it again.
Bullets are used to help keep your activities and chores organized and also to keep rapid logging, well, rapid.
Use (.) (x) (>) (<) when writing in your journal to identify task. Label a task with (x) when it has been completed, (>) when it has been scheduled, and (<) when it has been moved to a later date.
Identify events by writing a circle.
Use (-) to identify notes.
Now that you know how to bullet, or label, your task, events, and notes, we are going to show you how to put it all together in various modules.
The Future Log is most useful when you have things that need to be planned months in advanced or have things you know you want to get around to doing someday. To start this page label it as Future Log at the top, then break the page into three sections and then designate each section with a month, like June, July, and August.
The Daily Log is best used to schedule day-to-day activities. You do not need to write your daily log months in advanced, but the night before. To begin this log is as simple as writing tomorrow’s date on top and using correlating bullets to identify that days activities or chores.
Use the Monthly Log in order to get a quick glimpse of what is to come. This really helps when you have a busy month and want to make sure you don’t overbook. To start this log, label the top of the page with the month, like June, and then label the days of the month in descending fashion down the page with the correlating day of the week right next to it.
This is the fun part! Make your Bullet Journal special by adding your own flare. Check out some examples below!