What is Bullet Journal, and how can you use it?

What is Bullet Journal?

Bullet Journal is a productive organization method for creative busy minds. It can be a calendar, to-do list, goat tracker, diary, and/ or even a mood tracker.

It is an evolution of the normal diary but in a more fashionable way.

Years ago, Bullet Journal is originally created by Ryder Carroll, a product designer from New York, who introduced his notebook-based system which he used for years in order to track his progress and focus on the future.

In contrast, a Bullet Journal, or "Bujo" as some may like to call it, eases planning, organization, tracking, listing, and taking notes.

There are different setups for Bullet Journals, but in the end, it is up to you and what is using it for.

A Bullet Journal example by Matt Ragland

Here is a list of what can you log with your journal

  1. Journal
  2. Notes
  3. Events log
  4. Incoming events
  5. Tasks
  6. Reminders
  7. Goals
  8. Deadlines
  9. Future logs
  10. To-do
  11. Appointments

What can you do with Bullet Journal?

Here is a list of how many people use their Bullet Journal notes:

  1. Daily planner
  2. Setting up your weekly or monthly goals
  3. Yearly plans
  4. Track your habits
  5. Add, track your books/ articles reading list
  6. Setup shopping list
  7. Add daily or weekly to-do lists
  8. Write journals
  9. Plan your activities
  10. Setup a goal tracker
  11. Self-education planner and tracker
  12. Create self-improvements plans
  13. Log anything: your mood, sleep, TV series, films
  14. Keep your eyes on your deadlines

How to use Bullet Journal?

Bullet Journal is composed of several collections in this exact order:

1- Index page:

The Index page is the first page that holds a clear browsing index for the rest of your journals. It describes the next pages and their corresponding page numbers for easy browsing.

2- Future log:

Here you can assign future tasks or events for certain days. As an example setting up an incoming event, a birthday, or a holiday for a future incoming date. And check it when it is done.

3- Monthly log:

Monthly log helps you to track everything that happened this month in a readable format. It does not have to be fancy rather than usable. One page can be your monthly log.

4- Daily log:

Let's say that you have an active day full of events and tasks, then you have to set up and use a daily log page. The daily log page allows you to track all events in your day using a fast, yet small input.

5- Weekly log:

Similar to monthly and daily logs, the weekly logs are another page to track your journals.

6- Monthly task list:

Many people think that they may not need a monthly task list, however, it helps in planning, tracking, and managing monthly tasks with Bullet Journal format.

7- Keys, or Signifiers:

These are user-identified symbols that you can use to classify your collection items with one look. Some may use the box for to-do list items, triangle for events, arrows for notes, and other symbols for all sorts of collection items they require.

I use the Bullet Journal method to track, my self-study tracks when learning something new, organize and track my sports activities, archery, horse riding, and keep notes about all important events in my life. So, I have different keys on every note I use. It is up to you to choose your keys (or signifiers).

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Final thought

With Bullet Journal (Bujo), you can log tasks, events, notes, journals, and even your mood. It is flexible enough to customize it as your workflow, and according to your daily, weekly, or monthly requirements.

It is proven that the Bullet Journal method helps many to boost their productivity and organize their busy days.

If you do not use Bullet Journal, maybe it is time to do so.

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