Are you nervous to start a bullet journal, or have no idea where to start?
Your worries are over!! Today I have an awesome and simple guide in starting your first Bullet Journal!
First of all what is a Bullet Journal?? If you are unfamiliar with the system it is a organizational system that encompasses a diary, planner, to do list, etc. Basically all of those random pieces of paper that you have disarrayed about your desk or work space will now be written in your Bullet Journal. Does having a clean desk sound good to you? I know that's one reason why the system intrigued me so much. The system is designed to be adaptable to any lifestyle and help you keep track of everything that you have to do, have planned to do, or want to do in a certain time period. Does having an organized life sound good? If you answered yes to that question then you're in the right place:)
STEP 1: The most important part of a Bullet Journal is having the ability to have a single notebook that encompasses everything that you do. Any notebook will fill that requirement, but I personally prefer a dotted grid Leuchtturm1917 dotted grid notebook (linked below).
STEP 2: The second step is easier than the first, grab a pen! When you search on Pinterest Bullet Journal Supplies a gazillion different types of pens and markers will come up and definitely will overwhelm you. Don't let that scare you off because none of those pens are necessary to start a Bullet Journal. You might want to try them to copy headers from other Bullet Journalists but any pen will do! Here are some of my favorites:
STEP 3: Start a key. Throughout your Bullet Journal you'll have symbols and indicators and it's important to have a page designated to defining the meaning of those indicators. I recommend putting this on the first page of your notebook.
STEP 4: Start an Index. In order to keep your Bullet Journal organized the index is a necessity. Simply keep track of important things you'll want to come back to by writing the page number. The leuchtturm1917 notebooks have the page numbers and the index printed in them, but it's just as easy to write them in yourself.
STEP 5: Start a future log. What's a future log? It's simply 2 months per page so you can rapidly log events, tasks, and appointments so they're not forgotten.
STEP 6: Start a monthly log. Write the title of the month at the top of the page, then number down in a column each day of the month with the corresponding first letter of the day of the week. This is called your monthly log. You can quickly jot down tasks for the month as they come about. Don't forget to catalog the page number in your index, and don't forget to migrate tasks from your future log to the monthly log.
STEP 7: Start a weekly log. Break down your monthly log by creating weekly spreads. Weekly spreads make tasks seem more attainable, and it becomes easier to break up your time in an organized fashion.
STEP 8: Start daily logging each night. By logging tasks that you have to do the next day every night, productivity flows through your veins every morning. By breaking down your weekly log in to daily logs you can better complete tasks in the time you know you have. If a task isn't completed simply migrate it to the next day.
Those are the back bones of a Bullet Journal, and the rest is up to you. By breaking down each level of the future log you can ween out what tasks are important and what isn't worth your time. There's only so much you can do in a day, but the Bullet Journal helps your days to be as productive as time allows. If you have any questions about the system please drop a comment below:)
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