Bullet Journaling has been a hot trend for a little while in the planner and getting organized communities, but it may not be something that you’ve heard of. If not, you’re in for a treat. If you love to-do lists and check-lists, this is something you don’t want to miss.
If you have too many things to remember and think about on a daily basis and you need a simple system to help you keep track, bullet journaling was made for you. We all have a lot of different daily tasks, appointments, and various things we need to remember. Trying to keep track of everything in your head becomes exhausting. And if you manage a team at work or a family at home, it becomes near impossible. Just think of how much more productive and less stressed you’ll be if you can stop trying to remember all this “stuff”.
A bullet journal is a way of keeping track of everything you need to do in one notebook.
Bullet journaling is based on 3 core principles, rapid logging, index, and bullets.
Rapid logging is the idea of using quick short sentences or notes, to save time and space.
The index will occupy the first two pages of your journal and help you stay on track with what’s where and how the journal works. It is like a table of contents, that you add to as you add pages and section of your journal.
Ryder Carroll, the creator of the bullet journal system, uses bullets and signifiers to denote tasks, events, notes, etc. Here is his suggested list:
ᐧ (Dot) Task
X Completed Task
> Migrated Task
You can modify these suggestions to make your key work for you. You will want to list your key in the index and you may also want to list it on individual pages, especially when you are just getting started in your Bullet Journal.
Now that you have the core system set up, it is time to start creating pages. Since the Bullet Journal system is meant to be an all in one solution, you can create calendar and planner pages to help you keep track of all your business and personal events. A future log is a space to record appointments, anniversaries, birthdays and other events, usually for the next 6 months or a full year.
At the beginning of the month you set up a monthly page, then record the page number in your index, so you will always be able to find any page that you are looking for. Some bullet journalers will simply make a list of 1-30 (or 31) and then leave space to note appointments as they come up. Others prefer to draw a more traditional monthly calendar grid over two pages. Try both and see what works better for you. As you draw each monthly grid or list at the beginning of the month, make a note of what page it is on in your index.
You can also decide to use a weekly or daily planning system in addition to the monthly calendar or instead of, you will need to experiment to find what works for you.
The last part of a bullet journal is something called collections or lists. They are just that, lists of related things you want to keep track of. For example, you may have a list of books you want to read, or a list of clients you need to contact this month.
Any task on your list can be crossed out if it is no longer applicable or needed.
One way to think of bullet journaling is as the ultimate ongoing to-do list.
At the end of the day, review your list. Things that have not been completed need to either be crossed out because they are no longer relevant and important, or they should be moved to a tomorrow. If you don’t want to, or can’t tackle an item or two the next day, leave it open and make sure you review and work it in at a later date.
The greatest benefit of using the bullet journaling system is that you can customize it to work for you. If you would like to learn more about how to set up and use a bullet journal in your business go to: BulletJournalingForBusinessOwners.com