Bullet Journal: Track the past, organize the present, and prepare for the future.
I recently discovered this amazing concept called Bullet Journaling; and yes, I’m tardy to this trend party of course. But seriously, I’ve never heard of this until now!
So, WTF is bullet journaling? And why am I just learning about this!?
Bullet journals aren’t just for scheduling meetings and making plans. It’s not a “dear diary” sort of thing. Think of it as a filing cabinet for your brain. It’s a compilation of handwritten listicles, stress-induced doodles (I’m a full-time doodler), and a collection of whatever you’re currently inspired by. These are the tools you can use to organize your life, as well as escape from it when the going gets rough and the only thing left for you to do is scribble out the feels.
Consider a bullet journal as an open-ended outlet you can use whenever, wherever, and however you need to. It’s a notebook created by YOU, which gives you the freedom to develop a system specifically tailored to the way you think, plan, and work.
In my latest mood board post, I shared with you all that 2018 for me is a blank canvas that I intend to color however I so choose. And what’s a better way to start than with a blank notebook to create my very own bullet journal? I’m super excited to get started! let the creative juices flow!
Now the important part: WHY YOU SHOULD START!
Once you get the hang of this system, it’s completely simple and super awesome. It helps you get everything all on one page, in the same place. From your little to-dos to big events and everything in between that you don’t want to forget.
So, here are the basic steps to set up your own bullet journal!
THINGS YOU’LL NEED:
- Notebook (I got this one from Leuchtturm1917 in hot pink OBVY!)
- Pen (s)
BASIC SET UP
INDEX: The index, which takes up the first few pages of your journal, is where you’ll keep track of the page numbers of all the things that go in your bullet journal, from your daily to-do lists to your Homecoming meeting notes.
KEY: The key details the signifiers you’ll use to differentiate everything you’re writing in your journal, like a bullet point for a task, a circle for an event, and a dash for a note.
FUTURE LOG: The future log is where you can look at the next six months of your life at a glance. In this section, you’re not tracking anything you want to do in the immediate future, but rather the things you want to get done at some point down the road.
MONTHLY: The monthly is a birds-eye-view of your current month. In this spread, you write down all the things that you have planned this month along with the tasks and goals you want to get done throughout the month. This spread will serve as a reference throughout the month so that you can stay organized daily.
DAILY: The daily log is where you track your day-to-day tasks as you go.
COLLECTIONS: Collections are where you can have the most fun in your bullet journal — because you don’t always want to just write down all your tasks and goals. Sometimes you just want to track the movies and books you want to get through this year or track your mood throughout the year!
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since I started bullet journaling (aka this week) is that you will make mistakes (in pen!) and you just have to roll with it! SHIT HAPPENS.
Anyways, I’m super excited about this new journal and hope you all are inspired to start your own. Happy journaling!
Check out this brief tutorial if you’re interested in starting your own; super helpful info!!
Also, found this amazing Infographic from Tiny Ray of Sunshine
Do any of you bullet-journal?