The first thing I did when I found out about bullet journaling was devour everything related to it online. And I found a beautiful, massive online community. If you’re starting out, I recommend joining up a few in whichever social media you hang out at, but be careful not to get overwhelmed. Practice with the basic bullet journal system and once you have got the hang of it add other elements that inspire you. You can find the communities here:
Use the hashtag everywhere:
I randomly came across the concept of a bullet journal on 7th December 2015. I know the date because I have emails from that date telling all my friends, family and colleagues about it because I thought it was so amazing I had to share immediately. I was so excited I think everyone should know about this concept and implemented it immediately in my existing notebooks.
The bullet journal is a way of organising your notebook so that your diarising, note taking and to do lists are effective. You can start immediately with pen and paper.
The reason I love bullet journaling is because it is simple and adaptable to whatever your needs happen to be and it is fluid enough to change along with your needs. What attracted me to it was seeing how personalised the system could be through the bullet journal sharing community and how creative (or not) you can be. And I love being creative and pen and paper!
The next few posts of mine will be dedicated to bullet journaling as I learn about it and want to share this learning to others who may also come across it and become otherwise overwhelmed.
But first, visit the original bullet journal website to learn about the original basic bullet journal system. But to summarise, you start with creating the following pages in your notebook:
- Index page: to list the contents of your notebook pages, so you can always find your information easily
- Key page: set of symbols signifying what is a task, completed task, event, appointment, notes etc.
- Future Log: note down dates and actions/appointment in the future
- Monthly Log: list down your tasks and actions for the month
- Weekly Log: tasks for the week
- Daily Log: tasks for the specific day
- Collections: dedicated pages to particular topics e.g. Wishlist, Reading List, Class Notes
The key to the bullet system is you review it at the end of each day, and migrate incomplete tasks to the next day.