From their website: “For the list-makers, the note-takers, the Post-It note pilots, the track-keepers, and the dabbling doodlers. Bullet journal is for those who feel there are few platforms as powerful as the blank paper page. It’s an analog system for the digital age that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future.”
Ya’ll. I am a Post-It note pilot. I think in lists and I document my life in jots. Prior to finding the bullet journal method, I literally had Post-Its littering my desk, clouding up my planner, and stuck to my wallet. I like the Post-It because it’s perfect for jotting on and toting around. But, man, do they get hard to organize.
Enter: The bullet journal.
Start with a blank notebook. Or, if you’re me, find your least-filled moleskine and grab a binder clip. Flip to your first page and label it Index.
This page is your organizer. Your next step is to number your pages. Be civilized and use the bottom outside corner, or go crazy and number them however you’d like. Your journal, your rules.
Flip to the next blank two-page spread.
Each month, you’ll create a new two page spread. The left page is your calendar (for events), and the right page is your monthly task list. When you’re starting a new month, start with whatever events you already know about, and then add as more come up. Same goes for tasks.
You’ll notice that your calendar also includes notation for the day of the week. I love this feature because it makes it easier to track as you’re referencing the page.
The bullet journal is aptly named because of its use of different bullet types. The box bullet is my favorite because it’s meant to be checked off — you’ll use it for tasks. There are lots of different types of bullets you can use, one to indicate events, another to indicate notes, and you can learn the ins and outs via their website.
Each day, you’ll start by labeling the date, and then using your series of bullets to organize. Obviously, I’m a little partial to the check box.
You’ll notice on my Index that I have several different subpages. One of the best parts about the bullet journal is that you can keep ALL of your notes organized in one place. Simply flip to a new page once you need it, label and date the top, take your notes or make your list, and add it to the Index.
For more about bullet journaling, head to their website. Or, for a quick tutorial, check out the video below:
Anyone else a bullet journaler? How do you stay organized?