After falling down a ‘YouTube rabbit hole’ and watching several tutorial videos, I decided to try using a Bullet Journal this year. I have a habit of writing down important info and lists I want to reference later on post-its… and of course I misplace the post-its or find I don’t have room to write everything on them and therefore make a dozen of them #notefficient. I need to break this habit in 2017! Not familiar with what a Bullet Journal is? Bullet Journals are a customized organization system. A Bullet Journal can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary. Bullet Journals can get quite involved with using various colored markers, templates, and detailed illustrations. Or you can go the more utilitarian route and keep it simple! So what does a Bullet Journal typically include? Read on to find out.
Bullet Journals typically include:
- An Index – Basically a table of contents you can use as you fill up your journal to easily reference the content you put in the journal.
- Future Log – A yearly view done month, by month to keep track of events you want to track during the course of the year.
- Key – A way to track iconography and notations you use to note tasks, events, appointments, notes, due-dates, reminders, etc. You can also use a key to mark task status and mark items as: completed, mitigated or cancelled.
- Collections – A group of common things you want to document in your journal. You can use to use this section to corral all of your various notes, lists and reminder and collections of info for easy reference. For example: Goal Setting, Friend/Family Birthday Tracker, Book Reading Lists, Holiday Gift Shopping Lists, Recipes, etc.
- Monthly – A detailed view of the current month. You can also list habits you are tracking on a monthly basis in this area. Other people also list, events, appointments, goals and To-do lists.
- Daily Log – As the title denotes this is a daily log that you can put on a single page or have a weekly view on one page or a spread of two pages. You can also list a weekly analysis for a more involved list of specific things.
Is the idea of starting this journal exciting to you or just me? I’ll follow up on how I’m using my Bullet Journal on the blog sometime soon. But in the meantime, if you’d like some visual inspiration for creative ways to structure a Bullet Journal, check out these YouTube videos:
She Meets City: 2017 Bullet Journal Transfer + Planning
Carrie Crista: Plan with Me | My 2017 Bullet Journal
Image: She Meets City