Bullet Journal 101 – What is a Bullet Journal?

Welcome to Week #1 of Bullet Journal 101! After all of the amazing feedback that I received from the introduction last week, I’ve been SO excited to continue this course for you. Thank you so much for all of the feedback and questions. I’m looking forward to answering as many of them as I possibly can throughout the course of this series.

Today, we’re focusing in on the HOW and the WHY of the Bullet Journal system.

Are you ready?!? Let’s dive in!

 

WHAT IS A BULLET JOURNAL?

On of my favorite quotes about the Bullet Journal comes from www.bulletjournal.com:

“The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.” ~ Ryder Carroll

I love this quote because it accentuates the biggest draw of the Bullet Journal system, which is its ability to be whatever you need it to be.

The Bullet Journal was created back in 2013 by Ryder Carroll, a Brooklyn-based digital product designer. Since then, the system has evolved, there have been “hacks” and upgrades by many within the community, and people have really adopted the system into their own lives and made it their own.

“He sees this as an evolving, adaptable practice meant to be self curated as you determine what works best for you.” – www.bulletjournal.com

WHY ANALOG? WHY BULLET JOURNAL?

With so many advancements in technology and apps, some make the argument that it seems silly to fall back to such an “antiquated” system of planning.

While I agree that technology has come a long way — and I even use several organization apps to manage my life and business — there are a few reasons why I believe analog systems (and especially the Bullet Journal) still have a place in our lives.

  • Magic happens when you put pen to paper
    There is just something about that feeling of diving into a notebook with your favorite pen or pencil. You just can’t beat it!
  • The act of writing helps you remember
    Check out this recent study!
  • Sharpened, distraction-free focus
    A notebook does not have notifications popping up every few minutes to distract you from the task at hand.
  • Time away from our screens
    It’s no secret that we spend way too much time with our eyes glued to screens. Bullet Journaling will give your eyes a much needed break.

BULLET JOURNAL OVERVIEW

For an overview of the system, I’d like to (again) highly recommend that you head straight over to www.bulletjournal.com. Ryder does an amazing job of breaking down each of the components into bite-sized pieces for you to digest.

THE PARTS OF THE BULLET JOURNAL:

  1. Rapid Logging
    • Topics – a brief, descriptive title
    • Page Numbers – to index later
    • Short Sentences – concise and to the point
    • Bullets – to organize your entries
  2. Entries
    • Tasks – signified by a dot or bullet point (•) for actionable items and to-do’s
      • X Task completed
      • > Task migrated
      • < Task scheduled
    • Events – signified by an open circle (ο) for date-specific items
    • Notes – signified by a dash (-) for great ideas worth keeping
  3. Signifiers (these help to categorize your entries)
    • An asterisk (*) denotes priority or important tasks
    • An exclamation point (!) is for inspiration items
    • An eye is for items that need more research or information
  4. Modules
    • Index – To capture and organize your entries
    • Future Log – To manage future events and appointments
    • Monthly Log – To capture important events throughout the month
    • Daily Log – The heart and soul of your Bullet Journal
  5. Migration
    • Migration can be done on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis. The act of re-writing unfinished tasks really helps you to get clear on your next steps.

While there have definitely been hacks and upgrades to the system throughout the years (and we’ll definitely be covering those within this series), today’s post is meant to be a brief overview of the original Bullet Journal system.

For a more in-depth look at each of the parts of the Bullet Journal, check out the video below:

Thank you SO much for all of your feedback on this series so far! Feel free to drop any comments or questions down below :)


OTHER PARTS IN THIS SERIES

Introduction
Bullet Journal Overview (you’re here!)
Pre-Planning
The Basics
Make it Your Own
Bonus Wrap-Up + Q &A

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