How to Start Bullet Journaling
Written by: Allison Swan
Do you want to organize your thoughts and ideas on paper, but you're not sure where to begin? Start a bullet journal! Bullet journaling is essentially a blank notebook that you organize full of lists and bullet points that helps minimize chaos from your life while also being a fun and creative outlet. There’s no right or wrong way to do it—the blank pages allow you to organize your life to your liking. Rather than having separate notebooks for your planner, diary, and sketchbook, combine them into one organized book to keep everything in one place. Here's some tips to getting started:
Pick a journal with ruled, grid, or blank pages--whatever you prefer. Make sure that the size is right for you because if it's too small it'll be hard to write in, and if it's too big you won't take it around with you. Put your contact information on the inside so that if you lose it, it'll have a chance at being returned. All you really need is a pen, but you can get as creative as you want with things like stickers and washi tape to decorate.
Divide your journal into six portions for the next six months, numbering the pages for each day. Create an index at the front to know what page each section is on, making it easy to navigate. Make a monthly task list of what you want to accomplish at the start of each month. You can also do this each week as well, making bullet points for little goals for the week, crossing out tasks you've completed. For recurring tasks, make abbreviations to save space.
The most common bullet journaling labels include labeling tasks with a simple dot " “•” bullet, events with an "O", and notes with a dash "-". Cross out completed tasks with an "X". If you haven't completed a task by the end of the month, use the ">" symbol to show you've moved it to the next month, and the "<" symbol to show you've scheduled the task. To signify that one task is more important than the others, use the "*" symbol.
Have one area of your journal dedicated to habits you want to keep accountable for, like eating healthy, reading more, or working out. This area could also track your mood, expenses, and your resolutions.