Maybe you have already heard about one of the trend hobbies “Bullet Journal” and are wondering what’s behind it. You may also be one of those people who are “only” looking for an alternative to calendars, notebooks, and various organizer apps.
Or you may like to start a Bullet Journal but still wondering exactly why and how.
Bullet Journaling – Why and For What?
The answer is simple. It will help you create a personal, organizational system that works for you and your life. You can plan and track:
- Your schedule: daily, weekly and monthly
- Achieve goals
- Social media
- Content that you can write for blog
- Events such as weddings and birthdays
- To create lists
- Product planning
- Funnel Planning
- Motivation quotes
- Important memories that you want to record and keep
- Read books
In fact, what you can use your Bullet Journal for is limited only by your imagination and needs.
If you want to organize yourself and regain control of your life, then creating a Bullet Journal can be the ideal tool for you.
Keep it simple and just do it!
Creating and using a Bullet Journal is ideal for anyone who wants to organize. You can buy planners and calendars, but often they do not suit your personal planning or organizational style. A Bullet Journal is a useful way for quickly organizing what suits you. We design the entries in such a way that we can quickly create and read them.
1. Choose a notebook
You can use any notebook. There are specific blank Bullet Journal notebooks you can buy, but you can use any notebook you like. The A5 size is the most popular, but again, size, color, and page style (blank, lined, or square) are just what you want.
2. Create an index page
The index is important as it helps you find pages quickly. Since you create specific pages and spreads as you need them, just add the title and page number to your index.
3. Decide which pages you need.
This is the real strength of the Bullet Journal. You choose what you want to include, depending on how you plan and organize your life. Your journal may be for personal or business use, and you can even combine it.
Some ideas for pages:
- Daily pages
- Monthly pages
- Meeting / webinar notes
- Idea collection & brainstorming
- Inspirational quotes
- To do list
- Logging (reading, prayer, gratitude)
And everything you want to write down to save it and to remember it.
When adding your pages, do not forget to specify the title and numbering. Once done, enter the details in the index, so you know where they are. Then you just have to design the layout of the pages to your liking. You can be as creative and inventive as you want.
4. Create a key
As your journal progresses, you need a quick way to find relevant information. The index is one method, but the other ways to help you find and organize your journal content are color-coding and keys.
Bullet Journaling also uses icons to identify specific tasks and note types. The “official” Bullet Journal website recommends the following symbols:
- “Bullets” Displays tasks
- “X” Displays completed tasks
- “<” Task scheduled
- “>” Task migrated (Read more about migrating tasks)
- “-“ Displays a note
- “O” Displays an event
- “*” We use this symbol, called the Signifier, to display important notes and we place it to the left of the original symbol so you can quickly find the most important information.
- “!” Features inspirational material such as quotes or ideas.
- “One eye” or “?” represents ideas that need to be explored further.
Make your life better overall
Writing about your life can be an incredible journey. Once you think about something that happened to you in the past, you’ll remember another story, then another, and so on…
As you gain experience from your past, you will create memories you have not thought of for years.
All the experiences you will remember made you what you are. Going through your life stories with the help of your Bullet Journal will help you understand yourself so much better.
Follow these steps to use your Bullet Journal for your own personal story:
1. Do not worry about where to start.
Interestingly enough, many people avoid writing stories from their lives because they cannot “remember that far back.” Where you begin the story, is not important. Start from where ever you want or from any event that you remember.
2. Consider your life as a series of short chapters.
To simplify your story, any situation you remember can be a “chapter.” Your Bullet Journal may also contain photos, tickets, and many other “reminder pieces.”
3. Concentrate on understanding the story.
Things like sentence structure, spelling, and grammar are not that important at the moment unless you plan to publish your Bullet Journal someday. You can take care of all these things later by reviewing and editing the material.
4. Document what you remember.
Your Bullet Journal will inform you in a few weeks about what happened, what you did, what you thought, and how you felt. These details will eventually make you develop a better understanding of how you live your life.
Writing your life story is not too difficult. You can also use conclusions to mark unique experiences or failures in your Bullet Journal. This will make it easier for you to learn something each day, to develop yourself further, and to keep your entire life in good memory. And that motivates you immensely for future goals and projects. Besides, you will learn to understand yourself more to develop self-love.
A Bullet Journal is more than a calendar, a ‘to-do’ list, a shopping list, a list of your progress. It can become an integral part of your life and enrich your experience (whether professional or personal).
Start your Bullet Journal today. It’s fun and brings positive changes in your life more than you think!