How To Bullet Journal
I want to share my experience with bullet journaling. It's been one of the most effective to organize, plan and be productive.
Google calendar, agendas, task reminder apps and reminder notifications, I've tried them all.
So many journals and planners have templates already set in place BUT a bullet journal allows you to find the best format that suits your needs and make it work for you.
It's a blank canvas and you can create the best functioning method that works for your personality and lifestyle.
Here's a step by step of how to set up a basic bullet journal (note: this is just my method so feel free to change as you go - I'll put some good ideas and other BUJO resources at the bottom!)
STEP 1: SUPPLIES
- Lechtturm Notebook A5 - this notebook is intended for bullet journaling and has dotted lines, page numbers and an index page!
- Black pen - I use the uni-ball Onyx Rollerball pen only! It's great for small writing too.
- Other coloured pens and highlighters - If you're into colour, it's a great way to signify different things in the BUJO
STEP 2: FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU WANT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR PAGES
I did this beforehand on a piece of paper so that I knew what was going on what pages. Write down all the sections and logs you want to record into your pages; figure out what's the most important to you.
- Calendar pages for your monthly and weekly spreads
- 2020 goals
- Monthly Goals
- Habit tracker
- Gratitude log
STEP 3: CREATE AN INDEX
Now that you know what kind of items you want to put in your bullet journal, create an index.
One of the best things about a BUJO is that you don't have to write anything in order. You can fill in the index as you go through your bullet journal.
For example, let's say I want to create a "Recurring expenses/Subscriptions" page. I picked a random page at the end of my journal, on page 234, and then put that on the Index to refer back to it.
STEP 4: CREATE A YEARLY LOG OR A YEARLY GOALS PAGE
My first page in the Bullet Journal is a page of "2020 Goals". It consists of all the goals I want to accomplish this year in many aspects of my life professionally and personally.
STEP 5: MONTHLY LOG & MONTHLY GOALS/TASKS
Unlike other journals and planners, you can start the BUJO whenever you want! If you're starting this in April, start your monthly log from there. No pages wasted!
I like to keep my BUJO simple so I write the month down with all the dates and the first letter of the corresponding day of the week so you know what day it is. You can do this on the left or write side of the number too.
Look at what your current calendar looks like from your phone or computer and write down all the important appointments or events that are happening in the month.
On the other side of the monthly log, I like to write down a list of my goals and tasks I aim to get done. I find this to be extremely helpful when setting up my future weekly logs for the corresponding month.
STEP 6: WEEKLY LOG
I like to set up my weekly log next so I can see my week at a glance. Sometimes I find that it doesn't fit all the things I need to do in these pages so sometimes I'll do a "Daily Log" on a separate page outlining my entire day and tasks for that day so I can time block.
RESOURCES AND PAGE IDEAS:
The beauty of bullet journaling is that you can create whatever pages you want. You want to track your expenses? Go for it. A page for your meal plans? Do it up girl. I love playing around with ideas and here are some bullet journaling page Ideas for you if you want to implement them.
I use a habit tracker now for each month. I'm a very visual person and it's fun to fill in the spaces each day as I keep track of my good habits.
I also like to use a "brain dump" page for any ideas that pop up in my head whether that be for my business/career, IG/Blog, reminders, etc.
In the past, whenever I had a great idea, I'd forget to write them down sometimes but now that I have a bullet journal, I jot all my ideas down big or small. It's a great habit to get into and it's all in one consolidated place so it's easy to refer to.
OTHER PAGE IDEAS AND RESOURCES:
2020 To read list
Podcasts to listen to
Shows and movies
Youtubes to check out
expenses and income
blog post or content idea
Hope this helped you in some way and inspires you to create your own bullet journal! :)