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Why you should keep a bullet journal

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The digital age is thriving and has revolutionised our lives in so many ways, but sometimes the old-fashioned methods still have their place. While most technology, such as your phone or your tablet, will include multiple apps for organising and structuring your life, it can be also useful to blend a few analogue methods  to get better organised.

What is a ‘bullet journal’?

The bullet journal is the brainchild of Ryder Carroll, who has simplified the diary-keeping method to a neat structure, that avoids messy crossing out and misplaced noting. The bullet journal consolidates multiple ways of note-taking so you can repurpose any old notebook into a powerful organisational tool. It can track any part of your life that you want, the optimum time frame being between a month and a year, and keeps you focused on tasks at hand, allowing you to concentrate on the present while planning steadily for the future.

How do you build a bullet journal?

There are three main sections to a standard bullet journal.

Index.

After numbering the pages for your different sections, you list them here in the form of a contents page. Then, you create a glossary for your bullet values. Bullet values are the shapes you use to denote whether a journal entry is a task, an event, a note and or an alert. For example, you can use square bullets to indicate events and circle bullets to indicate tasks. You can make them up or follow the structure proposed officially on the Bullet Journal site. Once you have completed a journal entry, you can cross out the bullet rather than cross through the entry, making it easy to refer back to and look less messy. If you want the digital version that organises the priority of your tasks with a positive message each time you do something well then download our digital  to do lists.

Logs.

There are three types of logs – future, monthly and daily, and you can use any combination. A future log is good for noting down dates as they crop up without causing confusion or potentially forgetting where you noted it down – simply write it down and indicate the month it is relevant to. This helps you when creating your next bullet journal also. Monthly logs are made of two parts, a list calendar to put regular events on one page, and a task list to put to-dos for the month on the other page. Using your bullet values, you can indicate what each entry on your calendar or to-do-list is. You can prioritise, migrate and complete your entries at will and see them in context a lot easier this way. Daily logs are good for the very busy of us and accompany monthly logs well. Divide notebook spreads into grids of 4, 6 or 8, one grid square for each day and divide your monthly tasks between them as you go along. If this gets confusing use our digital calendar here instead.

Collections.

Collection are specialist sections that you can make up which are specific to your time management requirements, such as your finances, fitness, planned holidays or special events, or a space to release your creativity, ideas and emotions. If you create a collection, then need to extend it after you completed it, you can thread the pages together using the contents page – simply jot all the page numbers for that collection next to its contents entry. Structure your collections however you want. If you want to further understand your work/life balance and get your life in order then download our goal setting planners and wheel of life planners here.

Why do Bullet Journals help?

The process of organising your time in bite sized chunks, with an additional analogue method can be useful to refer back to. While the virtual space of a phone can feel compact and useful for your hectic ‘on the go’ life where notes can go missing and you live through your phone, there is still a place to add in the old fashioned ways as an additional back up. You may also be even more likely to remember things  if you have to write them down physically, because you go through a definite process of committing to the task.

How can I take Bullet Journals further?

Many of our Organise Me products can be used as collections in a bullet journal, whether it’s our wedding planner or new baby planner. If you like to organise all areas of your life in once space, simply transfer the structure of each planner into a smaller, bulleted format to keep track of it alongside your daily life. It can make these big events so much easier to plan for.

If you decide to try out the bullet journal form, connect with us through the Pink Moods community to share your experiences and top tips for using it to its full potential.

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This article was contributed by Pink Moods.