Bullet journaling is a system created by genius and possible Virgo, Ryder Caroll, on August 2013. Since then, thousands of people have joined the #BuJo life. And we couldn’t blame them. It’s an easy and flexible system that even the organizationally-challenged can get into.
There are certain sections that you need to set up for your bullet journal to work better like an index page (a table of contents for your journal), and a future log (stuff that you need to do in the future). But those are pretty easy and straightforward. The real fun is in the daily logs.
The most important thing you need to know about the bullet journal is the key. It’s the main indicator of what the status of a certain task is. Here’s a guide:
A dot signifies a task. When it’s done, you can cross it out. If it somehow becomes irrelevant to your day, you can strike it through. However, if it’s something that you want or can do, you can migrate it to the next day with the “>” sign. If it’s something that you can get to in the far future, you can schedule it using a “<“ sign. A “—“ is used to jot down general notes (movies you saw, workouts you did, etc.), while a tiny circle signifies events. That’s pretty much it.
Bullet journals also take pride in its flexibility. The BuJo key shouldn’t be strictly followed. You can always create your own symbols to help you be a better worker. For example, if you think that a star can encourage you to get the job done, then do it. This is all about you.
Newbies are often intimidated by the pages that they “need” to fill. But they are only here to help you out. They’re like your friends who only want what’s best for your sanity. Accept them. Love them. Don’t bully them for getting you into this black hole in the first place.
Unlike regular planners, you have total control of what you want your week to look like. There are minimalists who would rather take it day by day, and then there are some who really take the time to sit down and plan their week. There are different layouts that you can explore, and it’s really up to you to experiment with what works for you.
If you’re a little intimidated with bullet journalling, here are some layout examples that you can check out.