Have you ever thought about bullet journaling?Are you the kind of person who has a million tiny lists floating around that you can’t keep track of? Are you someone who loves stationary or doodling? Or, are you just lookin
g to gain some order to your life and get focused on the things that matter to you?
Whatever your reason is, I’m here to share the basics of bullet journaling and how it can benefit your everyday life.
For those of you who have never heard of bullet journaling, let me explain it to you.
What is bullet journaling?
Bullet journaling is a way to keep every part of your life in order. Whether you’re creating to-do lists, a habit tracker, or a list of monthly goals, the bullet journal is a place where you can keep all of your information in one place. With small dots instead of lines, the bullet journal gives you the flexibility to create any layout you want. One page can be dedicated to your financial savings and another can be a space for notes. The best part about bullet journaling is that you can customize it to fit your needs.
How do you start a bullet journal?
There is a simple video that explains the basics of setting up the bullet journal. The first thing you want to do is set up is a table of contents in the beginning of the journal. This is the best way to remember where each section is in your journal.
The next thing you can do is create a yearly calendar. Write out all the months of the year, leaving a little space next to each month to mark certain events or appointments. By writing down all your appointments of the year in this section, you will be able to reference it whenever you make monthly and weekly schedules/calendars.
The rest of the pages are up to you to design.
Here are a few layout ideas for your bullet journal:
- A savings thermometer – On one page draw a large thermometer with your savings goal written at the top. As you continually save, color in the thermometer until you’ve reached your goal. This is a great visual reminder of what you’re saving for. The physical act of coloring in the thermometer also serves as positive reinforcement every time you add money to your savings account.
- A habit tracker – For this particular layout, you are going to be writing out all the days of the month. I recommend flipping the journal on its side so that you have plenty of space. After you’ve written all the days of the month across the top of the page, skip a line and start listing the habits you would like to track during the month. For me, I like to keep track of my how well I’m eating and how often I’m exercising. I also like to keep track of my productivity, so I add things to the list like “blog writing” and “business building”. If you don’t want to draw out a physical grid, I recommend watching this video to see how you can use Excel to build your habit tracker.
- A notes section – This section is open to interpretation and can be whatever you want it to be. I like to use this section to write random scribbles of inspiration, like quotes or tidbits of advice. Sometimes, I will use this section to brainstorm ideas for my blog or network marketing business. Another way you could use this section is for remembering what you’ve already learned. For example, if you’re reading a great business book that’s packed with information, you can write down the most important parts of the book in the notes section, so that you can reference it at a later time.
- A gratitude section – Sometimes we can get so lost inside our own dramas that we forget to appreciate what we have. In your bullet journal, you can dedicate a section to all the things you are grateful for. Showing gratitude for the things we have in life is a great mood booster and gives you a positive attitude. And the best part about this section is that at the end of the month, you can look back and see how great your month actually was.
- A meal planning section – Meal planning is perfect for sticking to a healthy diet throughout the week. In this section, you can include your favorite recipes and grocery lists. Meal planning helps you stay organized, stay healthy, and stick to a budget when grocery shopping.
- A monthly and weekly calendar – A monthly calendar is good for keeping track of all events and appointments (I recommend looking back on your yearly calendar to make sure you don’t forget anything). Once you have created the monthly calendar, you can leave a space at the bottom or on the side for your monthly goals. Moving on from this page, you can create a weekly calendar. There are many ways to set up a weekly calendar, so I recommend browsing through Pinterest or Youtube if you feel a bit lost. My weekly calendar consists of a to-do list and events. I keep it pretty simple, but I know other people who use more of this space to list what they had to eat that day or what their overall mood was each day. Get creative and include the things that matter to you.
What is bullet journaling good for?
Bullet journaling is not just a place for keeping a to-do list. A bullet journal is more than just a planner or a calendar – it’s a space where you can get creative and be mindful of your daily actions. You can be in touch with your mental health along with your physical health. Bullet journaling allows you to keep track of how you’re eating and when you’re exercising, as well as how long you’re sleeping or how often you’re meditating. You can fine-tune the bullet journal so that you can take inventory of your mind and body.
We all want to have more control in our lives and bullet journaling can help with that. By having a customized and organized place for your thoughts, you are simplifying your life and giving yourself the space to grow and learn. From tracking your habits to planning your meals, the bullet journal will give you the control you’ve been looking for.
Bullet journaling also boosts your creativity. If you’ve wanted to fine-tune your calligraphy skills, the bullet journal is the perfect place to practice. Some bullet journals have the most beautiful handwriting I’ve ever seen. You can also use the space to doodle. Finding time to doodle and make your journal your own can do wonders to the soul. I’m the first to admit that I am no artist, but whenever I doodle I find a beautiful sense of calm. No one’s going to see your journal, so you can use the space to try new things and doodle all the bad drawings you want. I know some people also use the bullet journal as a photo album. You can paste photographs, draw pictures, decorate with washi tape or stickers – the options are endless!
I hope this entry provided you with some clarity on bullet journaling. Maybe now’s the time to try something new. Let me know about your bullet journaling success in the comments. Happy journaling!