Bullet Journaling | Ideas & Inspiration
While we segue into the new year it is a perfect time to do some self-reflecting and recalibrating. Every year our lives change and at the same time we make new discoveries that challenge our old beliefs. As we grow it is always important to set new goals for ourselves to achieve and to also accept the reality that certain goals change as we learn more about who we are.
The best way to achieve our goals is by holding ourselves accountable for the things we do; and what better way to do that than to start bullet journaling?
If you've ever wondered about bullet journaling and why it has become one of the most popular ways to organize, then checkout this article where we answer the most common questions people have about this growing trend. Also, scroll to the bottom of this post and checkout a few inspirational tutorials to get you started on your organizational path. If you love this post be sure to link it back to your Pinterest board for safe keeping.
What is bullet journaling?
To put things simply: a bullet journal is honestly what you make it! The biggest "pro" to the BuJo method is the fact that it is purely customizable and tailored entirely to you and your needs. A bullet journal can be used as:
- a task manager
- a sketchbook
- a traditional journal
- an idea catcher + so much more
in short the bullet journal acts as an interactive organizational system that keeps track of anything you'd like to write down in a coherent way.
How do you write a bullet journal?
- Pick the right journal for you: it doesn't matter the size, shape, or color of this journal; all that matters is that it is easy to transport and has enough space inside to customize everything to your needs. Try to avoid journals that already have designated templates because it will limit your ability to truly customize. Anything from a blank notebook to a lined or dotted one is fine just make sure its big enough to last a few months.
- Create an index: As you fill up your journal you will be numbering the pages; that's why having an index makes your life a bit easier! By adding your index you will quickly be able to find which page each section begins on, thus, minimizing your frustration in searching as well as keeping you organized. Create your index on the 1st blank spread so that you have two full pages side-by-side to work with.
- Make your future log: This next section should be a log of the most important events in the next 6 months. This should be a birds-eye view of all the most critical tasks that need to be completed. This section should follow the index on the 2nd blank spread of your notebook. Be sure to divide each section evenly: for example, take the number of lines and divide it by 3; if there are 24 lines then you should end up with 8 sections.
- Write the name of the next 6 months in each section: Now is the time to start filling out the sections in your "future log". If you're starting in January then the 1st box will be labeled "January". If you are starting this later on in the year simply fill the 1st box with whatever the 1st month is that you are starting. Be sure to remember that this future log section is the first official page in your journal and should be numbered and noted in the index section as such.
- Add a monthly log: after filling out your future log it is time to break things down. On the following blank spread start out with a monthly log directly linked to whatever month you intend on starting. Make sure to title this page with that month. On the left page right out the amount of days in the month & next to each number right the abbreviated day (for example: if January 1st is on a Wednesday then you would right the number 1 with a W next to it for Wednesday and so on). On the right page be sure to write down all the tasks you intend on completing by the end of the month.
- Update your index: Once you've completed your monthly log be sure to add it to your index. Going forward, you'll want to make sure that everything you logged is being tracked and added to the index.
- Add a daily log: On the following page, begin to log your daily tasks. Use as many lines as you need to map out: tasks, goals, and ideas for the day. Remember that this is a Bullet Journal so make each bullet point concise and comprehensible.
- Create a signifiers: Like a map legend, signifiers help to give you a short-hand indicator. Create useful symbols to remind you of tasks that have been completed, events that are coming up, important notes and so on. Use these symbols on the side of your tasks in your daily log to help you remain organized.
- Organize monthly goals into categories: This step is optional but truly makes a difference in organizing your monthly goals. If it helps visually, then lump certain goals together if they correlate. For example: create sections called "creative goals, workout goals, & deadline/due dates". Simply list your goals under each category and there you have it! By creating these sections it will further help in clearly seeing what takes priority that month.
- Store collections in the back of your journal: The "collections log" at the bak of your bullet journal should be filled with a more broad to-do list. This can be compiled of things like: books you want to read, museums you want to visit, recipes you want to try etc. These may not be immediate things you want to conquer but they are definitely things you want to complete within the year.
- Fill out daily events that matter to you: Each day take some time to recall something of importance to you. This could simply be used as an exercise in gratitude; it literally can be as simple as writing down one thing that made you smile that. If it helps use your signifiers to emphasize the importance of these events.
- Cross off items as you complete them: Theres nothing that feels better than completing a task and it should be celebrated! After finishing a task be sure to flip back to your monthly log and cross it off to keep you on track.
- Transfer uncompleted tasks to the next month: If a certain goal doesn't get completed in a month DON'T STRESS! Simply add that goal to the top of next month's log and try again.
- Add long-term goals to your future log: There are certain long-term goals that may take several months to complete. If this is the case be sure to keep track of them by adding these goals to your "future log" at the back of your journal. For example: if you are working on a thesis for college, write down the month that you would like to complete your draft and what month you want to complete revisions.
- Make notes on projects specific to you: You may also have long-term projects that you are trying to tackle and writing them down + breaking them into increments may also help you achieve them. For example: if you trying to increase you running time on the treadmill to 30 mins non-stop, it might help to break that down into units of 10 over a 3 months span of time. Log these long-term projects in the back of your bullet journal where you keep track og your "future log"
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Why is a bullet journal called a bullet journal?
Unlike traditional journaling, bullet journals promote the concept of quickly jotting down ideas in bullet point form. This type of short hand with additional signifiers allow a person to easily comprehend their expectations for that day/month/year in a more concise and digestible form.
Can you start a bullet journal in the middle of the year?
Good news: you can start bullet journaling at anytime! Since you will be working with a completely blank notebook it doesn't matter when you start, all that matters is that you DO start. This is another reason why bullet journals are so inviting; even if its no longer the beginning of the year, you can always hit refresh and step up your goal setting skills.
Does bullet journaling help with anxiety?
In short YES - bullet journaling is what allows you to take all the clutter in your mind and organize it in a tangible, visible space. This way you wont loose track of time or goals, and it will put your mind at ease to know that all you have to do is refer back to your bullet journal to stay on task!
Watch this amazing tutorial to give you ideas on how to start your own bullet journal!
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