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Bullet Journaling for Beginners (and Impatient, Unartistic People Like Me)

Benefits of Bullet Journals

  • It frees up mental space so you can think more clearly and concentrate better.
  • Better retention. Writing by hand engages multiple senses  (visual, kinesthetic, and tactical ) which helps commit tasks to memory. It also signals to your brain that your goals are important, making you more likely to follow through.
  • Psychologically speaking, bullet journaling is more powerful than other paper-planning methods because it’s also a life record and a place for reflection.

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Bullet Journaling for Beginners (and Impatient, Unartistic People Like Me)

Bullet Journaling for Beginners (and Impatient, Unartistic People Like Me)

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Adjust Your Mindset

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. 

Any creative endeavor involves letting go of perfection. Bullet journaling is no different. Make a mess.

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.

Benefits of Bullet Journals

  • It frees up mental space so you can think more clearly and concentrate better.
  • Better retention. Writing by hand engages multiple senses  (visual, kinesthetic, and tactical ) which helps commit tasks to memory. It also signals to your brain that your goals are important, making you more likely to follow through.
  • Psychologically speaking, bullet journaling is more powerful than other paper-planning methods because it’s also a life record and a place for reflection.

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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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  • When you recount and reflect upon your thoughts and experiences you are, in effect, telling your own story. Journaling helps us clarify, edit, and find new meaning in these narratives.
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Start your daily journal off on the right foot by scheduling your writing for a set time every day.

  • If you find your mind is most active in the morning, wake up 15 to 20 minutes earlier and jot down your thoughts then.
  • If you prefer to record everything after the day is over, then make it an evening activity before you go to bed.

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Bullets

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

Tasks

They are represented by a simple dot “•”.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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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Recall good things

Our brains tend to remember more of the bad stuff that has happened to us.

Write down precious moments and you’ll see your progress and find positive things that slipped your attention.

Write your goals

Accomplishments make people more motivated and positive. Checking them from time to time makes you remember how far you’ve gone and how valuable these achievements are to you. 

Create a "goals log" in your journal. You’ll always see that you’ve got something to look forward to.

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Use a Journaling App

While many people recommend journaling in a physical notebook to give your brain a break from screens, if you’re having a hard time keeping up that practice, you can try using an app that you can whip out when you have an extra moment in the day.

Don’t Use Full Sentences

Feel free to have your journal as disjointed as you want.

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  • Start writing about where you are in your life at this moment. Describe your living situation, your work, and your relationships.
  • Don’t edit your thoughts or feelings and don’t correct your grammar. Don’t censor your thoughts.
  • If there’s something you are struggling with or an event that’s disturbing you, write about it in the third person.

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