How to Create a Bullet Journal

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A Creative Approach to Organisation and Planning: Start a Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal Washi Tape Note book OrganiserBullet Journals, Rapid logging or just BuJo to those in the know- but time management and organisation just got stylish and here’s how to create yours.

But first what is a Bullet Journal? Well, I’m so glad you asked: it’s where you rapid log your life. That doesn’t clear things up? Ah, that’s okay, rapid logging is just a way of taking notes on important dates, events, and tasks. It’s nothing too difficult and shortly I’ll show you how. Let’s start with some key terms so the rest of this article makes more sense! Then I’ll give you a step by step to prepare your chosen notebook for Bullet Journaling and after that, I’ll break down rapid logging.

Key Terms for a Bullet Journal

  • Bullet Journal :  a note book that has been prepared and used for rapid logging.
  • Rapid Logging: A simple but very efficient way of recording tasks, events and notes.
  • Index: The first couple of pages in a Bullet Journal used to record where you have written things down in the BuJo
  • Future Log: A double page spread used to plan out in a more long term way- I use it for 6 months ahead.
  • Monthly Log: A double page spread used to plan out the month ahead.
  • Dailies / Daily Log: An entry (as long as it needs to be) to take notes, record events and set tasks relevent to the day.

Let's Get Started

It’s easy to get started. All you need is some pages set aside so you can find information easier. As you go along just number each page so you can identify it quickly.

  • Create an index spread. Simply number the number the pages as you go and then come back and record the page and number here.
  • Create a future log. Using another double page spread draw three lines straight across to create six sections and then use each to mark key events and tasks for that month. If you reschedule something beyond the current month note it here too.
  • Create a Monthly Log: Using (you guessed it) a double page spread create a list of dates on one page and a list of targets, tasks and goals on the other. Refer to this when setting up dailies.
  • Start Creating your daily logs. Mark the date in a way in that suits you and then begin adding tasks to each day as they need to be done.
  • You can go even further and start creating list pages or collections such as books you’d like to read. I usually do this from the back and number them with letters so I can tell them apart in the index but it’s really up to you.

There are three main types of ‘bullets’ to signify tasks, events and notes:

  • Signifies a Task

    ◯ Signifies an Event

      Signifies a Note or Point to Remember

You can apply these anywhere you like in the journal but basically if you have a day that involves a dentist appointment; a meeting; dry cleaning to collect; a present to buy; and during the course of things you hear something of interest it might look like this:

Tuesday 4th Nevermber

◯  10.30am Meeting at JNB

  • Take notes from market research

◯  2.00pm Dentist

  • Collect dry cleaning
  • Clean out the attic
  • Buy present for Karen B’day
  • Not flowers- allergies

Very simple and easy to write down quickly. Once a task is complete you can put an X through it, if it’s been postponed indefinitely you put a > over the dot, and if it’s been rescheduled to another fixed day put a < over the dot. If it’s been cancelled altogether just strike it out.

Your Bullet Journal is like an assitant at your side to help you stay on track. You’ll revisit it frequently and update it as you get things done.. By the end of the day the entry might look more like this:

Tuesday 4th Nevermber

◯  10.30am Meeting at JNB

  • Take notes from market research

⛒ 2.00pm Dentist

     < Collect dry cleaning

     > Clean out the attic

     X Buy present for Karen B’day

  • Not flowers- allergies

The meeting was cancelled; the dentist appoinment and Karen’s present were both sorted. You’ll collect the dry cleaning on Wednesday and you’ll keep putting off even thinking about the attic until you sell the house!

Special Events, Tasks and Notes

You can even go as far as to mark priority or important things with a * and inspirational thoughts/ideas with a ! so they stand out. If an idea needs more research, prep or development you can add a 👁 next to it, to signify it needs looking at again or into in more detail. But at this point, it’s really up to you.

There are lots of ideas online as to how to use colours, sketches, stamps and washi tape to really personalise your bullet journal but the basics remain the same. Once you get going you’re bound to come up with new ways and ideas to use it and that’s great. It grows with you which is in a way what makes it so much better than a planner which will have the same system month in, month out for the whole year.

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