3 Tips to Use a Bullet Journal to Organize Your Business

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As you already know, I love bullet journaling. I have my own course, Bullet Journaling for Online Business Owners that teaches you the basics of setting up your own bullet journal.

In the course, I showed you that a bullet journal can help you make lists for the future, track various aspects of your business, manage your finances, and this will ultimately reduce your stress level. The bullet journal is so completely customizable that you can let it help you organize your entire life.

Everything you need to plan is in this single journal, so there is no trying to look around for the right one or having Post-it notes lying around all over the place. It becomes a personalized planner that you create based on your own needs.

Tip #1 – Use Your Bullet Journal Every Day

 First of all, try to use your bullet journal every single day. This may mean having a section for daily logs, where you list your tasks for the day, appointments, moods, and anything else you need to include.

Of for your personal blog, you might list what to post about that day and what to take pictures of, or find stock pictures of. You may have a doctor’s appointment or need to bring your son to soccer practice. You may have webinars that you want to attend live. All of this should be updated daily in your bullet journal.

If you are not used to using a daily planner, you may want to set a reminder in your calendar, for at least the first month, at a specific time of day to update your bullet journal. This will help you develop this daily habit. The more you use your bullet journal the more you will use your bullet journal.

One of the ways I use the bullet journal daily is to track my social media posts. I list the date of the post and have columns for each of the social media sites I share on and write down the date I shared that post on social media. I found this easy to set up using the stencil set that came with my new bullet journal that I shared in this blog post.

Another idea is to track you affiliate income daily, so you can see where you are getting the most sales and where you should be focusing your attention. Basically, anything you want to focus your attention on can be tracked in your bullet journal. Knowing where to focus your time and energy makes you and your business more organized.

Tip #2 – Keep Your Index Updated

I can’t stress this enough, keeping the index up to date is one of the most important parts of the bullet journal. Many people create an index in the beginning, but then forget to revisit it later and update it with the new information, and this makes the bullet journal cumbersome rather than streamlined.

When you are updating the information in your bullet journal each day, make sure that updating the index is a part of that plan.

Being able to look at the index and flip right to what you are looking for is a wonderful feeling, and a major timesaver. On the other hand, looking through every page to find where you made a specific note is a time sucker and an energy drainer. The bullet journal index makes life easier and keeps you organized.

You can create sections in the index or use color coding to make it easier to keep business and personal areas of the journal separate. I’m having trouble finding just what kind of daily planner system I want to use in my bullet journal and as a result, the days of a single month are not all in sequential order, and this is okay, because my index makes it easy to find everything.

Tip #3 – Make Good Use of Signifiers

Organizing is sometimes about the details, such as signifiers. Signifiers in my definition include bullets as well as any symbol you use to mark a task or event, as well as the symbols you use when describing an emotion, or mood. The ability to see at a quick glance what still needs to be done is one of the great time savers of the bullet journaling system.

You can use as many or as few symbols as you like – just make sure you know what they all mean later. A key can really help with this as well. You may want to develop a set of symbols for blog posts, webinars and client calls – depending on what works for your business. You can also use stickers and stencils to create your signifiers.

Get Started with Your Bullet Journal Today

These are 3 tips to using the bullet journal system to help to organize your business. If you don’t like the idea of a physical planner and prefer something digital, just remember, you can apply these same principles to your online planner system as well. Make it work for you and your business.

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Comments

  1. Yes this is a system geared to towards the analogically inclined, though it can be adapted for the online world too.

  2. I use a couple of different systems for managing my tasks.

    I am going to look around and actually see what “bullet point journaling” actually is. Your 3 points here apply to the way I use my systems regardless.

    Thanks.

  3. Ryder Carroll is the creator of bullet journaling and he has his first book on the subject coming out later this month, you might really enjoy that to understand the stystem.

  4. Have you ever tried digital planning? A lot of the spreads that you create in your notebook can be recreated on an iPad or other tablet.

  5. I’ve read about the bullet journal system and watched a few videos but never tried it. It feels complicated – or perhaps it feels as though it’s for someone who is a bit more organized than I am? 🙂

    I do use a paper-based organizational system, but it’s really just a “dump” book where I don’t worry about form, but rather take and make notes, scribble things out, and draw large circles around items I want to remember. It’s not pretty, that’s for sure! 😉 What I have seen from bullet journals, they do look much more attractive than my messy dump book…

  6. Lori, that is one of the problems many people face, it just seems so complicated, but the truth is once you understand the core of the bullet journaling system, it is truly very simple. Your dump book could be a great start for a bullet journal, the biggest addition would be the index that would allow you to remember what page you scribbled those notes on. My course Bullet Journaling for Online Business Owners is designed is a break down of how to set up a bullet journal and how to use it in your online business. I believe that you would feel much more comfortable about setting up your own bullet journal after completing the course, it will be here when you are ready :).

  7. How helpful your response is, Lori! (and I appreciate your point that it’ll be available when I’m ready… 🙂 ) I love to learn, so that’s always a draw. Thank you!

  8. Bullet journaling is an analog system, but yes I do also use spreadsheets and other digital methods. I like to be able to get away from my computer sometimes when I’m planning, that is another reason I like to use my bullet journal.

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