Is your New Year’s Resolution normally to get more organized? You’re not alone — lots of people struggle with scheduling and organization, and this is the basis for many resolutions. Bullet journaling is a great, customizable technique for getting organized that many highly functional people already use, and it could be a huge game changer in your work or personal goals. If you’d like to try it out, here are some tips for getting started.
What is bullet journaling?
Bullet journaling is a style of journaling that involves using "rapid logging", or short, concise sentences and points instead of long thoughts. It also employs bullets, of course; each entry is organized into bulleted lists that are categorized by symbols denoting tasks, events or notes. Unlike a traditional journal, a bullet journal aims to be precise and to-the-point, with the option to cross off points as you complete them, much like a to-do list.
How do you start a bullet journal?
Organize each page (or pages) by date, then begin listing all of your goals and tasks that you need to complete. Mark each bullet point with a symbol — a dot for tasks, an open circle for events and a dash for notes. The key point is to write things down as they pop into your head so you don’t forget anything. For example, you might write down items you need to buy at the store, a friend’s birthday, notes about a work presentation or a daily affirmation. The key is to keep things short and sweet!
How can you customize your bullet journal?
The possibilities are endless! You can create sections for things like daily sketches or collages, a food journal, future goals or a reading list. Whatever you add to your bullet journal, make sure to number each page and create an index so you can easily find each section.