A Bullet Journal is an idea that’s really taken off in the last year or so, probably because it’s useful, often cheap, and really easy. Never heard of bullet journaling before? Here’s the video that created the craze. Check it out, I’ll wait.
Intrigued? Read on to learn more!
What You Need
You really don’t need much to start bullet journaling, no matter what some people might say. A lined notebook and something you can use to write in it. That’s about it. Different colours of pens or pencils are useful, but not essential. I confess, I have a fancy dotted journal, but I actually started with just a book of graph paper. (If you want to draw a lot of vertical lines, graph paper is handy, but again, not essential.)
How I Use My Bullet Journal
The great thing about bullet journal is the way you can customise it to your own needs. I have an index so I can find things and a year log to keep track of far off events, as the video above suggests, but other than that, I do my own thing. My one month logs include trackers to help me form habits, a place to note interesting things that have happened each day, and a gratitude log, as well as a place to write in appointments. Instead of an ongoing daily task list, I have a weekly spread where I can note what I have planned for each day, as well as what I did that wasn’t planed. That two page spread also has a place for goals, accomplishments, ideas, and a “Brain Dump” for things that don’t fit anywhere else.
You can also use your bullet journal as a place to keep track of just about anything. Among many other pages, I have a “Want to Read” page and a page for keeping track of expansions for Arkham Horror, the Card Game.
A Word of Warning
Some people go all out on their bullet journals. They use fancy materials and techniques to turn their journals into works of art. A Pinterest search for bullet journals will show you what I mean. This is great if you want to go to the trouble, but it can also be intimidating. Always remember that you don’t have to put any more work into your bullet journal than you want to, and no one has to see it but you. Don’t let it became a chore or you’ll stop using it.
Do you bullet journal? Are you planning to give it a try? Let me know in the comments below.