How To Get Started Bullet Journaling
Bullet journaling, also referred to as Bojo, has become a very popular way for women to organize, set goals, reflect and become more productive. It is not just a tool for planning or calendaring, but it is a system that incorporates planning, reflecting and intentionally living your life.
The Bullet Journal Method developed by Ryder Carroll created this method to assist him with his thoughts. Diagnosed with ADD he was looking for a tool to organize his life. Discovering there was not a resource that fit his needs, he designed his own. Little did he know the method he created would help so many others.
How does bullet journaling work?
- The bullet journal method helps you free up mental space to think more clearly and focus. The system provides you tools so you do not have to waste energy remembering everything. Instead, you are capturing all your thoughts, tasks, lists, goals, and more in a journal.
- The method of writing in the journal allows for retention. The process of simply writing by hand uses multiple senses. Visual, kinesthetic and tactical senses allow you to commit the tasks to memory.
- Writing your goals, plans and dreams sends a message to your brain that this is important and clears your focus. You are more likely to follow through on the goals written in journal form.
How do you start a bullet journal?
1- Get a notebook.
There are many notebook options out there. You can start with just a blank page notebook. Grid options and dot notebooks are available. I suggest just get one. This is a messy way to notebook and keep your thoughts, so it does not need to be perfect.
2- Choose writing tools.
Do not look at the pictures on the internet. The creative spirits have expanded the bullet journal to beautiful writing and calligraphy. If you are not creative, that is okay. The original bullet journal method was not created with creative, beautiful writing.
You can grab your favorite pencil or pen and begin.
3- Start with an index page.
The index is the foundation of the bullet journal. It is the table of contents of the book. It will be a reference for you to find sections or pages in your journal.
4- Create logs.
Logs are the main sections of your bullet journal. There are three logs you start with:
- Future log is your future list or someday list.
- Monthly log is your calendar and goals in the next 30 days.
- Daily log includes your daily to-do’s, meetings, and reminder.
5- Keep your writing simple.
The entries in your logs is to be brief. Simply say what it is you have to do or the event that is taking place. For example: John and Mandy’s wedding. Or, bike 10 miles.
6- Create signifiers.
Signifiers are symbols that stand for something. The bullet method uses bullets for tasks, circles for events and dashes for notes. Stars are high priority items. You can be creative in this area and customize your own symbols. Track your personal signifiers on your reference page. But, again, I encourage you to keep it simple.
7. Start collections.
Collections are lists of anything you want to remember for later.
Some popular lists are the following:
Books to read
Friends you want to connect
There are so many more, but you can start here. These are generally in the back of your notebook to reference.
8- Make time to bullet journal.
The bullet journal is a productivity system in which you should use everyday. Cross off items on your daily and monthly logs as you complete them.
Create a time to review your week, month and quarter to move your goals, habits and tasks forward.
Establish time to reflect and ensure you are creating the life you want and desire. Taking time to reflect on what you accomplished and moving your future goals is an important aspect of the system.
Begin Bullet Journaling
As you begin the bullet journaling process you will find the best system that meets your needs and preferences. Once you get comfortable with the standard page formats, you can move on to optimizing your process in other ways.
Bullet journaling is more powerful than other planning methods. It is a unique way to document your life record. It is a place you can create your future, intentionally live your present and reflect on your past.
Check out my the She Did It With Grit + Grace Dot Journals for beginners!
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