Ever dream of being one of those really organized people? You know who they are, you’ve seen their perfect Instagram accounts. So the question is, how do they do it?
Is there some magic secret that separates the super organized from the rest of us who are just struggling to get by? You might be surprised to find the answer is yes! Many people have found one thing to take their organization skills to the next level, it’s called the bullet journal.
Now, you might have heard the name floating around on other blogs or Pinterest. For many, the bullet journal has been the key to improving their organization. This allows them to manage lots of schedules, effectively plan vacations and hit monthly goals.
Sounds great, right? Well, keep reading because in this post we’re going to share with you the beginner’s guide to the bullet journal.
Bullet Journal Basics
If you’re a list maker, you’re going to love the bullet journal method. It’s list building on steroids! The great thing is, you don’t need anything fancy to get started. Just a notebook and a pen.
To get started, open your notebook to the first page and create an index page. It will help you get organized and find your entries later. At first, this will be blank, but as you add months, go back in and add those to this page.
Next, go to your first double page open spread. Here you are going to write your monthly calendar. So on the left page write the month at the top and the days down the left-hand side vertically. On the right page, you need to write down your monthly tasks, everything you hope to get done that month.
Now, here’s where the journal gets its name. You want to come up with your own system for distinguishing between tasks, events, and notes. You might choose a check box for tasks, a circle for events, and an x for notes, for example. So for everything you wrote down on that right side of the page put the right mark next to it.
Once you’ve done this, open to the next double spread page. This is going to be your daily tasks. So that means on the left-hand side you start on Monday, then Tuesday and so on over to the ride side of the page. Fill in your daily tasks just as you did your monthly.
When you finish your tasks, mark off that you did on your main monthly sheet. This is a good way to track your overall progress.
Putting it to Use
Now that you’ve got the journal created, you want to put it to use. So go in every day and create your tasks, events, and notes (or whatever you decide to call them). At the end of the month, go back in and see what you’ve completed and what’s still outstanding.
Anything you haven’t finished gets moved to the next month. The process then just repeats from there.
Make it Your Own
The key with the bullet journal is to make it your own. You can use it to manage any number of projects, watch your diet, make sure the kids take their vitamins and so on. It’s very easy to tweak to create a system that you can use consistently.