Hi Everyone! A few of you have asked me how to start a bullet journal. To be honest with you, there are so many ways to do it that there is almost really no right or wrong way, but I figured I would write a little something to help you get started.
First and foremost, I recommend you watch this 5 minute video by the man who created the bullet journaling system. There will be nothing better online than hearing it from the source.
Once you’ve watched the video, feel free to browse the steps below, where I have written how I use the bullet journaling system. You will notice that its pretty similar to what’s in the video, with a few minor changes.
How I Set Up My Bullet Journal:
-1- Index and Future Log
Begin by creating an index and six month future log. The index will be used to reference notes you take later in your journal for easy finding, and the future log will be used to record future events and activities you don’t want to forget. Once complete, my index and future logs look a lot like this:
-2- Monthly Calendar and Task List
Next, I set up two pages for the current month. The first will have a list of the days of that month, next to which I will record any activities I have planned. The page right next to it will include a task list of everything I hope to accomplish that month. If I have anything in my future log listed for that month, I record it as well. Often I also include a habit tracker. I have two examples below.
-3- Weekly Log
There is a big discussion amongst the bullet journal community about using weekly logs or daily logs to track tasks. I actually have opted to use both. Weekly logs I use to track events and tasks I want to accomplish on specific days (as daily logs are created day of, so there is no future planning capability). I also tend to use my weekly log space to track habits if I haven’t already done so on my month spread.
-4- Daily Log
The daily log is a quick and easy way to keep track of what you want to get done every day. To set up the daily log, write the day’s date, and add: tasks signified by bullets, events signified by open circles, and notes signified by the dash symbol. At the end of each day, x out tasks you have completed, strike out tasks you don’t intend to do, and migrate the tasks you want to do later by turning the bullets into an arrow symbol (>). This is where I differ from the traditional method a bit. Instead of migrating to a collection or to the future log, I migrate a bit more specifically.
There are the three ways I migrate my tasks: 1. If I want to do it the next day, I list it at the top of the next day’s Daily Log 2. If I want to do it later in the week, I record it in my weekly log on the day I’d like to do it 3. If I plan to do it in a future month, I mark it beneath that month in my future log.
You also may notice I occasionally use this symbol: *. This is a signifies, used to indicate a particularly important task.
And that’s pretty much the whole process! All that remains are the notes, drawings, and another key term you have likely heard: collections. Basically, collections are lists of things that are related (ie lists of favorite books, tasks for a specific project, etc). It’s nice to create collection pages and index them to continue adding to later. One example I have now is a collection of projects I want to 3D print.
I hope this helped! If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out and I’ll be sure to answer 🙂