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Events are represented by the open circle "O" Bullet. Events are date-related entries that can either be scheduled (e.g. "Charlie's birthday") or logged after they occur (e.g. "signed the lease"). Our experiences can be complicated and distracting. Rather than trying to capture the way you feel in the moment, keep your Event entries short and objective.

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Rapid Logging

Rapid Logging

It is the language in which the Bullet Journal is written, a way of capturing information as bulleted lists. 

It's a way to enjoy the benefits of hand writing, while avoiding the shortcomings of it.

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Bullets

Bullets

Bullets are short-form sentences paired with symbols that visually categorize your entries into: Tasks, Events, or Notes. 

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Tasks

Tasks

They are represented by a simple dot “•”.

You use a dot instead of a checkbox because it's fast, clean, and can easily be transformed to reflect the state of the Task. 

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Events and Notes

  • Events: represented by the open circle “O” Bullet, they are date-related entries that can either be scheduled or logged after they occur;
  • Notes:  represented with a dash “–”. Notes include: facts, ideas, thoughts, and observations. They're used to capture information or data you don't want to forget. 

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Signifiers

Signifiers

Symbols that give your entries additional context at a glance. They're placed to the left of Bullets so they stick out, making them easy to spot when scanning your pages.  Examples:

* = Priority: Used to mark the most important things on your list. 

! = Inspiration: Great ideas, personal mantras, and genius insights will never be misplaced again!

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Bullet Journaling is a modular framework

Each module, or Collection, serves to organize related information. 

You can mix and match, customize, or even create Collections to best suit your needs. The 4 core Collections are: The Index, Future Log, Monthly Log, and the Daily Log.

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The Index

The Index

It's at the front of your notebook, and serves to locate content in your Bullet Journal. Simply add the Topics of your Collections and their page numbers to the Index, so you can quickly find them later.

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The Future Log

The Future Log

It allows you to glimpse the outlines of the future you're actively working towards.

Each month, review your Future Log to see if anything can be migrated into the new Monthly Log.

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The Monthly Log

Is a spread of facing pages that consists of a Calendar and a Task page. 

  • The Calendar Page: designed to provide a birdseye view of the month. Entries here should be as short as possible, as this page is designed for reference only.
  • The Task Page: designed to help you take a monthly mental inventory:  priorities for the month, what remains undone from last month etc.

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Daily Log

Designed for day-to-day use:

  • At the top of the page, record the date as your topic. 
  • Throughout the course of the day, simply Rapid Log your Tasks, Events, and Notes as they occur. 
  • If you don’t fill a page, add the next date wherever you left off and you’re ready to continue.

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The Bullet Journal (BuJo)

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  • Grab a notebook and a pen;
  • Format your journal: Index page->Future Log-> Monthly Log-> Daily Log;
  • Flip to your Daily Log, and start writing. Keep your items as brief as possible. 
  • Categorize each entry into one of three groups: Tasks, Events or Notes;
  • Log future events and tasks: schedule events or tasks or that you would like to address at a later date;
  • Organize your Month: Use this page to schedule events or tasks throughout the month.

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Supplies needed to get started with BuJo

You can start a bullet journal in pretty much any empty notebook that you have lying around. That’s all you need. A journal and a pen. 

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Future Log

A page where you can write down any future appointments or dates for a month you haven’t set up yet

That way you can easily reference it to see if there’s a dentist appointment coming up or a deadline sneaking up on you.

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The first steps

  1. Get a Journal and Writing Utensils
  2. Start an Index Page: The backbone of your BuJo system, like a table of contents in a book
  3. Create Logs - places where you can brain-dump tasks, projects, goals
  4. Pick Signifiers: Many people use bullets for lists of tasks, circles for events, and dashes for notes. 
  5. Document Items with Collections: Collections are running lists and anything you want to remember for later(like blog topics, books you want to read etc.)

The 3 common types of logs:

  • A future log helps you keep track of items that aren’t yet on your immediate radar.
  • Monthly logs include things like calendars and categorized goal lists for the next 30 days.
  • Daily logs may includes entries of to-dos, meetings, and reminders.