What is a Bullet Journal and
How Can it Make Your Life Easier?
Remembering the important things
February 28, 2018
The latest hot topic in organiser circles in the Bullet Journal. You may have heard of this new, easier method of organising your life but wasn’t quite sure what it was and how to use it. And, you probably didn’t want to ask because you should already know what it is right? To help you understand just what a bullet journal is and how it can make your life easier, we have decided to create this article which will explain bullet journals so you don’t have to ask your coworkers and look like you are out of the loop.
A bullet journal is an organiser and so much more. You have a simple journal, maybe a couple of pens, and if you are feeling “artsy”, some supplies to personalise your daily entries and you are all set. Bullet journals can be used for scheduling meetings, making plans, creating listicles or just making diary entries. In fact, you can journal almost anything you want in a bullet journal and create your own way of organising your life.
As you can guess from the name, the journal entries are structured as bullet points and each one might have a different symbol depending on their use, importance or the way they relate to other journal entries. Bullet journals are whatever you want them to be as there are no rules and you can enter information in a way that is easier for you.
Bullet Journals Encourage Creativity
You can doodle in your bullet journal, you can even use water colours to embellish the pages making it more relaxing to look at. If you don't feel like writing one day, try sketching instead. The point of bullet journaling is to create more with less, and to explore your creative side with whatever materials you prefer to use.
Bullet journals encourage creativity, but they can also support rapid logging which is a concept that involves jotting down quick notes on whatever, whenever, and create your own symbols to categorise your thoughts.
The Bullet Journal Organisational Rules
To use your bullet journal, use a bullet symbol to mark the things you need to do. As tasks are completed, draw an "x" through the bullet. A "less than" symbol over the bullet means said to-do task is in the works, and a "greater than" symbol over the bullet means you didn't necessarily get to it that day, so you're holding off until further notice. Once you've got the basics down, you can experiment with your own symbols and create an index that will help you remember things easier.
Creating an Index Will Help You Remember Things
To help you remember things, create an index at the beginning of your journal. Here's how it works: Write a key explaining the symbols you use throughout the journal, and as each different topic comes up, jot down the page number where you referenced each subject. This way, when you need to remember what a symbol means or what the importance of that task is, you can refer back to your index until you have it memorised.
Bullet journals can be an incredibly useful tool to help keep you organised and any journal can be used making them easily accessible and affordable to anyone. Bullet journals are the non-digital way to stay organised and become a little more creative while doing it.
While there is much more to bullet journaling than this article covers, it does offer an explanation of bullet journaling so you can decide if it is right for you.