Bullet journals are taking over right now, they are the new craze, and boy are they fun! Originally when I heard about bullet journals I thought there is no way that I could one, be that creative, or two, not have issues if something in the journal does not look exactly how it is supposed to. I.e. I am a perfectionist. Anyways, I decided after a lot of video watching and design googling that I would give it a try, what could it hurt? Turns out it was really fun to start and continues to be something I look forward to doing in my free time. I love being able to cross things off, doodle wherever I want, and track everything that I want to. If you don't have a bullet journal I absolutely suggest you start one and here's how!m
1. Buy a journal with graphed or dotted paper
This step is all important because you want a journal that you love to look at, is the perfect size to tote around and just makes you want to fill it up!
2. Buy pens that you love, love, love to write and doodle with
A great pen goes a long way, and a pack of 'em, well that's even better.
3. Rapid Logging
The code of the bullet journal. Rapid logging runs on the idea that it is the solution to the previous logging that often becomes a chore after a while.
4. Topics and Page Numbers
At the top of each page make sure to title what that page is going to consist of and number them as well so that you don't get lost when you're going through it later on. Getting into the habit of doing this before adding content helps a lot!
5. Learn the Task Language
There is a specific language that each bullet journal uses for their to-do lists, events, tasks, and notes. The symbol X = task complete, the symbol > = task migrated, and the symbol < = task scheduled. Originally each task is noted with a bullet.
6. Get Creative
Fill the pages with things you enjoy, such as tracking goals, grocery lists, to-do lists, and anything you can imagine. Doodle all over the page, or don't. This is the part where you get to make it your own and only yours.
In the beginning of the bullet journal include an index so that you know what the journal will entail and one what page. This is the part where the page numbers come in handy.
Often times bullet journals can also be used as a planner, there are monthly, weekly, and daily ways to do tracking in these journals. The possibilities are endless.
9. Don't Overthink It and Enjoy!
These journals are meant to be fun and for your liking or to de-stress. So, enjoy your journal and the things about it that make it yours!