Before I wrote for Flo & Frank, I worked as a project manager. It was my job to make sure companies (and celebrities) were in order and running smoothly.
So when it comes to someone else's life, I'm an organization pro. But, of course, if it's my own, I'm a mess.
I've downloaded and deleted pretty much every app out there that promises to help me get organized. The systems always feel too rigid for my life—or not structured enough.
But now, I've discovered Bullet Journaling.
What is Bullet Journaling?
Bullet Journaling is a very customizable way to organize yourself, designed by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer. It's not tech-y though, it's all old-school: basically a hand-drawn diary that acts as calendar, to-do list, and notes, all in one.
How does it work?
All you need for a Bullet Journal is an empty notebook. Number the pages, and then break it down into these four core sections. From there, how you use it is entirely up to you.
1. The index
The first few pages are your index. Here, you list the page numbers of any subjects you want to include in your journal, so you can find them quickly when you need to.
Index has now moved to back of page-and that's with utilizing two columns on a page to list journal entries separate from reference stuff. Only 30 pages left -and I have a new journal happily waiting 💕💕 #bujo #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #bulletjournalcommunity #markingsjournal #journal #journaling #bulletjournalindex
2. The future log
In this section, you keep track of events and deadlines coming up in the next six months.
3. The monthly log
Here you keep track of events and deadlines taking place within a specific month. You also list your monthly tasks.
4. The daily log
This section is for writing down your daily tasks, events and notes. You use it for planning and getting through each day, with a method called rapid logging.
What is rapid logging?
It lets you mix notes, things you have to do, and events on a single page, using different bullet points to distinguish them.
My first complete spread of daily rapid logs. Yes, I misspelled Wednesday, just embrace the mistakes and move forward. Lots of experiments going on, but loving my bullet journal. My most productive week all year! #bulletjournal #bujo #daily #bulletjournaldaily #midori #midoritravelersnotebook #travelersnotebook #twsbi #twsbimini #lamy #lamysafari #fabercastell #pittartistpen #staedtler #triplusfineliner #plannerlove #planneraddict
- A task ("do the dishes") gets a simple dot next to it.
- A note ("I dreamt I went to a Vin Diesel-themed party") gets a dash.
- An event ("Vin Diesel-themed party") gets a circle.
When you finish a task, turn the dot into an "X".
If you didn't finish, move the task to the next day by turing the dot into an arrow and adding it to your new daily log.
How do I make my Bullet Journal my own?
The best part about Bullet Journaling is how customizable it is. People get really very creative with their systems, making beautiful, useful details and layouts.
Here are some of the MVPs we've seen on Instagram:
After watching @alexandra_plans video on YouTube I knew I had to try the #dutchdoor in my bullet journal! Cutting those pages was a bit nerve racking 😳 but I love how it looks and it's functionality!!!! ☺️ Have you tried the Dutch door in your #bujo??? #bulletjournal #bulletjournaljunkies #bulletjournalcommunity #weeklyspread #planning #planner #leuchtturm1917
Slightly obsessed with bullet journaling at the moment. I love recording everything and keeping track of habits and goals. I love how I can just dump all of the craziness that is floating around in my head onto paper and just relax my brain a little. #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #journal #mylifeonpaper #watercolour #art #arteveryday
But wait, what if I still don't get it?
Check out this video from Carroll himself, on how he set up his own journal.
And why should I bother?
That Vin Diesel party isn't going to plan itself.