Bullet Journaling

Bullet Journaling 101 – Part One

Bullet Journal
Written by Mike Conkey

What is Bullet Journaling?

If this sounds interesting and you are eager to learn more and to get started with your first bullet journal, it will help to first understand a little more about what bullet journaling is, how it works, and how it can be useful for you.

The more information you have to start with, the better your bullet journaling results will be.

One thing to remember is that a bullet journal is customized for YOUR needs. Every decision you make is based on what will work best for you. Get inspiration from others, and use printable layouts that work for different topics, but don’t feel pressured to make it look or feel just like someone else’s.

What is a bullet journal?

Journal A bullet journal is a calendar, planner, and journal all rolled into one. It becomes whatever you make of it, allowing you to keep track of your past events, helps you organize the current events and activities, and to make plans for the future. It gives you a number of ways to create your journal and offers an easy way to make all of your ideas and plans work in harmony. All you need to begin is a blank journal or notebook and a pen.

Here are some of the main pages that will be included in the bullet journal you create:

Index – The first page you will have in your bullet journal is the index. This works similar to an index in a book you are reading, providing a list of pages and sections in the bullet journal, and letting you know what page number each section is located on. It works in conjunction with your bullet journal sections, collections, and pages, making it easier to locate something instantly.

The index is more efficient when it is located on the first two open pages in your bullet journal, so it is easy to find and has adequate space within your journal to keep track of all pages and sections.

You will return to these two pages often, as you list the pages you create. More importantly, you will use your Index in the future to easily find the page of any number of journal entries that you need by adding the page numbers at the bottom of the page and entering them into the Index.

Future Log – The next part of the bullet journal is going to be your future log. The future log is a great way to plan for the near and distant future. To create this page, turn to the next two blank pages after the index, and write Future Log at the top of each. Divide both pages into three even horizontal sections. Use these as a six-month Future Log and enter the name of six consecutive months at the top of each of the six divisions. Add the page numbers at the bottom of the page and enter them into the Index.

Monthly Log – The calendar spreads are a big part of the bullet journal, starting with the monthly spread. There are many ways to customize the monthly spread, starting with a monthly log. Many people choose to place this after the Future Log in the bullet journal. Take a look at different templates to see how these spreads are set up.

Monthly Task List – For the monthly calendar spread, you can also have a task list, which may be on the right side of the calendar spread, or on a completely separate page. On this page, write a list of all the things you need to accomplish in this month. In front of each task, add a task bullet or a simple dot. As with the other pages, when you have finished with these two pages, add the page numbers at the bottom and log them into the Index.

Weekly Calendar Spread – Don’t forget about the weekly calendar spread! This is going to provide larger spaces for you to write appointments, events, and tasks for each day of the week. It is great for work, school, and personal commitments. Just like in a planner, the order usually goes monthly calendar, weekly calendar, then daily calendar.

Daily Log – If you want even more space to write what you are doing each day of the month, include a daily spread or daily log as well. Begin the next blank page by writing a date at the top, then begin to write down all of the things you need to get done on that day.

Each one of these items will go into one of three groups: tasks, events and notes. These groups will have their own unique bullet style. For example, Tasks will be bulleted by a single dot; Events by an open circle and Notes with a dash. Obviously, you are free to use any type of bullet that helps you keep your journal in order.

If a task is very important, you should add an asterisk next to the bullet to indicate that it needs to be given special attention at some point in that day. These special bullets, like the asterisk, are known as ‘signifiers’, as they add priority to the bullet.

Collections – If you have notes that you may need for a bigger project and other tasks related to it, you can create a Collection on the next blank page. Collections are a good way to keep certain pieces of information together, or on-going projects or class information. As always, jot the page number at the bottom and Index your Collection.

Bullet Journal logoBullet Journaling topics – to continue in future posts; please check back frequently for the next series of bullet journaling posts that will be available. Also, Bullet Journaling related eBooks and reports will be offered in several of the future posts. Stay tuned! P.S. If you’d like to find out about the eBooks and reports that I have available, please use the Contact form found here on our website.


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