What is a Bullet Journal?
A Bullet Journal in its essence is a system for organizing your thoughts, to-do`s, ideas and basically all your life. Bullet Journal or BuJo for short, was created by Ryder Carroll, a designer living in New York. It is an analog way to always keep an eye on your goals and to always be organized.
I have been keeping my Bullet Journal since December 2016. It became my passion since day one. I started it because I wanted to have all my to-do’s, ideas and lists in one analog place. I already had a notebook for that but it never had a system. Then one day I found the Bullet Journal concept, which literally changed my life. I became more creative; I started challenging myself more. In the past 8 months I have changed as a person, so has my Bullet Journal. That is probably the most exciting thing to see…
In this post I will share with you all the BuJo Basics and show you how I use my Bullet Journal.
So lets get started…
Elements Of The Bullet Journal
Bullet Journal: a method of journaling and note-taking that uses bullet points as the core structure
Index: a table of contents that you update as you go
Future Log: year-at-a-glance calendar where you can put events, goals, and long-term projects you need to do
Daily Log: tasks you accomplished and/or need to do today (+ other observations)
Monthly Log: traditional month calendar + things you need to do that month + things you forgot to do last month
Rapid Logging: symbols that help you get the things done – without giving you the feeling that keeping a BuJo is a chore
All you need is a notebook and a pen…
Step 1 : Choose Your Notebook
Choose your notebook. It shouldn’t be too small because you want to fit all your to-do`s, notes and logs inside that one notebook. It shouldn’t be too big either. So you can carry it around with you.
I started with a blank soft cover moleskine notebook. But you can use anything you want to test out the system and see what works for you.
Currently Im using a Leuchtturm1917 notebook which is just made for Bullet Journaling. Since it already has an index and page numbers.
Step 2: Index
Open the notebook and if you don’t already have an Index in your notebook, now is the time to do one. Take the first two blank pages and title them both Index and you’re ready to go. Now each time you add a spread in your BuJo you can add it to your index.
Step 3: Future Log
You can title the next pages “Future Log” or just draw/print a calendar for the next year and add all your important events, birthdays, projects, whatever comes to mind.
Step 4: Monthly Log
Here you can plan out your month ahead. Check in your Future Log what events are up and add some new ones. The Monthly Log is a great way to have a rough idea how your month is going to be.
Step 5: Daily Log
Now, the daily log can take your whole page, half a page or just a little spot, depending on how many tasks you have for that day.
Since you can personalize your BuJo according to your needs and wants I want to give you some ideas that you can use to make Bullet Journaling more fun for you.
- Weekly Spread: I usually add a Weekly Spread before the Daily Log so I can have a spot to write down some notes for the week. I also add a Tracker.
- Trackers: You can make a monthly or a weekly habit tracker. You can track your water intake, your mediatation, workout or yoga practice. Whatever it is you want to track, you can do it in your BuJo.
- Use your BuJo as an assistant to reach your goals. I wrote about it here.
- Fun: Dont forget to have fun and give the BuJo your personal touch. Add some color to it or just make it a minimal black and white. Whatever works for you.
If you want some more ideas you can check my instagram account which is mostly dedicated to Bullet Journaling.
And for more informations on this topic, visit the official website of the Bullet Journal.
Do you have a Bullet Journal and would like to share with me? Or are you using a different way of keeping track of your goals and tasks?
Share with me in the comments!
Sending you Love, Nata ♡