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The Ultimate Bullet Journal Guide for Beginners and Beyond

Bullet journal...

...is a planner system devised by Ryder Carrol.

It is a blank journal that houses a combination of certain elements, that allow you to plan for the future, track the past, and keep your sanity in the present.

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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. 

However, it is much more likely to use a bullet journal every day when getting some joy from the materials you're using. That means that a nicer journal and some bright, funky pens are also a great way to get started and enjoy the process a bit more. 

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.

The monthly spread

...is quite simply a place to keep your month at a glance

You just need the calendar or list or whatever you decide to use. Everything beyond that is gravy.

Weeklies and Dailies

  • Weeklies have the exact function of monthlies, but only using a week at a time. You can plan out the next 7 days in detail, covering your schedule, appointments, deadlines, goals, and other information you want to add.
  • Dailies: You write down all the things you need to get done today, all the appointments you need to remember, and any notes you need to keep. You can add other information -  how much water you drank, what food you ate etc.

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Your first notebook will be your learning notebook. Like any productivity method, it will take time to find a bullet journaling flow and structure that works for 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.

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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 jottin...

How to Bullet Journal
  • 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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A Bullet Journal (BuJo) is a tool that can help you organize your life and improve your mental health. It is more beneficial than a checklist or a to-do list and a calendar. It is used to track any...

Tracking Everything You Do or Feel

Using a Bullet Journal as a productivity tracker helps you see what all you have done and what is being neglected. It tells you if what you are doing is healing to you or is counterproductive.

Manually making a mental health tracker, and filling it daily to check your anxiety, depression, sleep, energy levels or even pain can tell you if there are any trends in the symptoms.

Tracking Success and Improvements

Daily tracking of progress and improvements, noting down one or more successful activities, or any small thing done right every day, can boost your mental health. The idea is not to condemn yourself but to motivate you towards positive progress.