Stay productive and organized with one of the latest trends around. Bullet Journals are brilliant and can be used for plenty of things. To-do lists, health and fitness goals, calendar events and personal goals can all be tracked and slotted into gaps in your busy schedule. Not sure how to make one? Well, follow these tips and you shouldn’t be far off.
What is a Bullet Journal?
Often referred to as BuJo, Bullet Journals were created by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer living in Brooklyn, New York. Carroll has been working on the system for a while now and sees the journals as an evolving, adaptable creation that allows you to personalize as much as possible.
There’s no right or wrong way to create your Bullet Journal. It’s completely up to you. The end goal is to make you a more focused, organized and productive person, so there’s no set way that’s guaranteed to work. Take your time and figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.
Get yourself a good notebook and pencil set
There are notebooks on the market that are tailored towards a Bullet Journal, but you can use any you like - it doesn’t really matter. However, we always recommend you buy one that you like because you’re more likely to stick to something if you like it. Plus, it’s going to be your close friend over the next few months so you may as well buy one that you like and it should be pretty durable.
Like the notebook, a certain pencil isn’t required for your Bullet Journal. But obviously, the better your pencils, the neater and more organized your journal is going to be. Which is really the whole point of the journal in the first place. Feel free to add some color to it with your Chameleon Pencils, after all it's your journal, do what you like with it. Use your pencils for them intricate patterns and keep your journal as neat as possible.Image by Carolina Ghelfi
Start by numbering all of your pages
Bullet Journals are designed to save time and hassle, so by numbering your pages you’re creating a referencing system that will allow you to quickly refer to all your content and different topics.
Create your index
We recommend that you put your index as your first two pages. This is where you’ll track your page numbers for your monthly planner, collections and other additions. You’ll need to refer to your index as often as possible, especially as you add more and more content into your Bullet Journal.
Your index can be as fancy or as blunt as you like. There’s nothing stopping you from just writing a simple list of topics with the page numbers next to it. And that goes for decorating your index with a fantastic, detailed border - it’s all up to you!
Start your future log
You can use your future blog for anything you see worthy of writing down, whether that be a friend’s birthday, your haircut or a family wedding. A simple place to record your important dates for the whole year.
Obviously again, this can be done in any way you see fit. But, we recommend that firstly you divide your page up into three different sections with horizontal lines. Then secondly, write the names of the month in the top left corner of each section. Then fill in the events where necessary. Check out the simple design below.
Create your monthly log
Your monthly log is a quick overview of the month ahead. What you want to get done, when you want it to be done. Simple. There are endless ways of creating your monthly view but we like the classic, easy way. To create that look:
- Write the name of the month on both pages.
- On the left page, write down all the dates for the month.
- The right page should contain all the things you want to get done.
- Once you’ve made your list, align the tasks up with a date in the month.
Tip: Don’t forget to consult your future log when planning for the month ahead. You don’t want to run the risk of missing your mum’s birthday, do you?
Plan your daily log
This is where you get down to the nitty gritty. Every last detail can be written down in your daily log. You never know what might be important in the future, so don’t be put off writing something small down.
These are the pages where you jot down your daily activities, events and ideas. Be sure to check your monthly and future log when writing down your to-do’s. If you have any unfinished tasks from yesterday, migrate them over too. As the day goes on, cross things off along the way. This helps with productivity and gives you a general sense that you’re smashing it.
Start your collection pages
This is basically the section that brings your journal together by organizing each task into their own group and truly makes your journal your own. Ideas for pages can be anything. Some popular ones are:
- Books you’d like to read
- Places you’d like to visit
- Track your daily habits - e.g. water intake
- Fitness goals
Stick to it!
The key to your Bullet Journal being a success is to stick to it. Seems obvious, but it’s easily done. You have to make it a habit, then after a while watch yourself become more productive and happier. You won’t be relying on your brain to be a reminder for everything, therefore more things will get done.
Don’t stop at Bullet Journals
So, you’ve become more productive, organized and happier, but why stop there? Why not pencil into your Bullet Journal that new artform you’ve wanted to try? Or the shading skills that you’ve wanted to perfect. We’ve put together a technique guide that will get you started. Download it free below and begin immediately.