Bullet journaling is a mindfulness practice created to make your life simpler and easier, but many find it complicated. We’ve simplified the process to help you get started on your bullet journal journey.
What is a bullet journal?
The concept of a bullet journal was created by Ryder Carroll – a digital product designer and author living in Brooklyn, NY. Diagnosed with learning disabilities early in life, he was forced to figure out alternate ways to be focused and productive. It’s essentially one place to keep everything, from your to do list to your future goals.
How to start bullet journaling
All you need to start is a diary of your choice and a pen. You can start your journal at any time during the year. Some get very creative with it but this isn’t essential, however if you need a creative outlet this is a great option.
The key to Bullet journaling is rapid logging. You do this by creating symbols (bullets) that represent or classify an event or task. For example, you’d create a symbol for a task, event, or appointment and then you’ll change the symbol when necessary to represent a completed task, an attended event or an attended appointment.
We recommend you start with a Dot Grid journal to make the design process a lot easier and to save you having to look at wonky lines and tables everyday.
Bullet journal ideas
The reason bullet journals are so successful is due to the organisation they entail. Make sure you create an index which is basically a table of contents with page numbers. Bullet journals can include daily logs, monthly logs and future logs. Daily logs include daily events that matter to you and by updating it daily you learn to prioritise your time, and what’s important to you. Monthly logs are a great way to decide on your short-term goals. And future logs are for your long-term goals.
If you have time to invest in it, then bullet journaling is for you. Remember function is more important than aesthetic. Don’t be intimidated by the beautifully decorated and designed bullet journals we see on Instagram. It’s a personal process that is only there to benefit you.
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