Bullet Journal Basics
Bullet journals have become very popular and countless numbers of people have been using them to keep their lives organized. Some use a premade planner which is a form of a bullet journal. Others prefer to be more creative and use a journal to create their own pages and spreads.
Whichever way you chose, consider a bullet journal as your organization system, that helps you to be more mindful and productive.
Your journal is your own tool created just for your use. It can be as neat or as messy as you would like; There are no rules for creating your journal. There are some guides for using your journal, but the pages and layouts that you create, you customize for your use,.
It is a living notebook that grows and changes with you.
While it might seem complex in the beginning as you start using it on a regular basis it becomes an easy habit.
Why Should You Bullet Journal?
- Using paper and pen will help you remember things better.
- You will find your focus easier
- You will develop a new level of creativity
- When you spend time with your bullet journal. you will create time to reflect and learn more about your dreams and goals.
- You will achieve more and move faster towards your dreams and goals. You achieve more and move to your goals, You will figure out your priorities
- Your bullet journal is the storage for all your data so you can complete tasks. There is less stress on your brain.
- Keeping a list of projects running through your mind can be stressful, but listing it all out on paper can give you a step-by-step process that immediately seems much easier to tackle.
A Few Bullet Journal Terms
- Bojo-a short term for bullet journal
- Spread./layout-a page that you create for your journal
- A log is another term for the spread
- Collections are pages in a journal that are about related topics
- Migrate is when you transfer information between spreads, pages or journals
- Rapid Logging is a way to add information to your journal with symbols and short entries.
- Trackers are a chart, drawing or table used to keep track of anything
- Themes are design elements that unify your journal
- Bleeding is where inks show through the page and is seen on the next page
- Dot Grid Paper makes it easier to do your spread
- Stencils-You can get stencils that are specific to making bullet journals
- Journals-Get the best paper that you can afford
- Pens-You can use fine liners, ballpoint pens, colored pens
- Rulers-help you create lines and boxes
- Washi tape- gives color and design to your pages
Types Of Bullet Journals
- Minimal. A lot of white space, gorgeous handwriting, with the occasional pop of color
- Artistic. Breathtaking artwork and sketches that look like they were manufactured
- Quirky. Cheery doodles, cute fonts, vibrant colors, and personality for days
- Crafty. Washi tape, stickers, stamps, snapshots — like a bullet journal and scrapbook all in one
Bullet Journal Key
- Fill out numerically-As you go, you fill in each page of your journal
- Fill out by content-You combine pages by content (what the page is about
- Annual bills and taxes
Start With A Monthly Cover Page
Your Monthly Log
- Your appointments
- Social plans
- A list of things to do that month
- Any birthdays or anniversaries
- Water tracker
- Habit tracker
- Menu plan
- Weekly review
- To-do lists
- House chores
- Plans for the week
- Plans for the next day
- Daily menu
- Grocery list
- Daily chores
- Daily review
- Health goals
Lists And Collections
- Habit Trackers-keeps track of new habits that you are trying to gain
- Sleep Tracker-helps to understand what is affecting your sleep and how much sleep you got
- Memory Log-lets you write down specific memories to reflect on later.
- Traveling Bucket List-Keeps track of all the places you would like to visit
- Gratitude Log-Write down 5 things you are grateful for. This list will give your life a new direction.
- Weight Loss Tracker-helps you attain your weight loss goals
- Birthday Tracker-If you're the kind of person who always swings by the drugstore to buy a gift on the way to the party, you need this adorable birthday tracker idea
- Menu Planner-map out each day's menu, then stick Post-It notes with your shopping list to the page. When you head to the store
- Stay Hydrated-track your daily water consumption
- Keep Track of your workouts
- Password List
- Keep Track of your credit cards
- Food Diary keeps track of your daily food intake.
- Medications can tack what you take and when you take them
- Savings Goals
- Budget Spreads
- Daily personal expenses
- Debt tracker
- Bill payment tracker
- Favorite movies
- Favorite TV shoes
- Favorite books
- Favorite music and artists
- Favorite food and restaurants
Premade Bullet Journals
- Sections and layout-Make sure it has all the sections that you need for your life
- Paper quality-Make sure that it is at least 100 gsm
- Bullet journals are made for 3, 6, and 12 months. Know the number of months and how long your journal will last.
- Is it an updated journal? If you miss a day or even months. you can resume where you finished without wasting pages
- Make sure that the journal has spaces where you can write notes