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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Bullets

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

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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: 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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The Bullet Journal (BuJo)

It lets you capture all your notes, to-do lists, calendars and sketches and organize them into a single system.

It uses a practice called “Rapid Logging,” which involves quickly jotting down tasks, thoughts and ideas as they come to you, categorizing those items with bullets, and creating an Index to make each item easy to find.

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The bullet journal method

Ryder Carroll started the Bullet Journal Method that grew into a lifestyle movement.

The bullet journal is a paper-and-pen journal where you can organise all of your lists, projects and plans in one place. Bullet journaling will help you to be more productive by organising what you have to do. However, the real purpose is to be mindful of why you're doing the tasks.

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