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We’re nearly at the end of January, and many of us may have forgotten to keep up to date with tasks. We wouldn’t blame anyone for this because getting started in the new year can be tiring after Christmas. Bullet journals started gaining more popularity in January because it’s a new way to get organised in a creative, fun way.
If you’ve answered yes to any of these statements, then a Bullet Journal could be your 2017 saviour:
- You feel like there is so much to do but there is so little time.
- You love buying diaries but tend to forget about them.
- You feel like keeping yourself organised is like climbing a mountain.
- You have specific goals you want to complete.
- You are a fan of writing everything down and you often go through notebooks full of to-do lists.
We’ve read all about Bullet Journals and while they might seem incredibly complicated at first, they really do get easier once you get the hang of it. First of all, buy yourself a journal, diary or anything else with blank, dotted or lined pages. Once you have this and a pen or pencil, you need to learn the different types of lists you’ll be making and completing in your Bullet Journal.
This is the first step and yes, it’ll be a large task at first, but you can add a dash of creativity to it if you want. Numbering pages will make it much easier for you to write your index page (which we’ll get to soon). This way, you can just skip everything you don’t need to concentrate on at that moment and get to what you really need to look at, like a particular date.
The Key was made so you can easily keep track of what you have completed without anything being scribbled out or looking messy. It’s a good idea to create a page dedicated to them, so you can always remember. Here are the keys you need to keep in mind:
• To do
This is a little different than The Key. The Signifiers tell you what type of task it is, whereas The Key simply updates the status of it. Put these of the left side of Keys so you can keep track. Once you have completed them, just colour them in. Here are the five signifiers to keep in mind:
△ Places and appointments
• Things to log down on other pages before you forget
□ Simple tasks to complete.
♡ Memories or nice things to remember. This could be someone’s birthday or a gift you have recently received
⋆ Something really important
The Index Page
An Index Page is the list of contents you will have and will be made up as you go along. For example, if you have lots of pages filled up but you want to add a little section where you can brainstorm ideas, then you can title this “Brainstorming sessions” at let’s say, page 91-100. This basically makes it much easier for you to pick up from where you left off. You could even add a page all about the fun activities you would like to do in 2017 so you can tick them off as you go. It really is up to you!
The Future Log
A Future Log is all about things you need to do in the year. For example, you could even log down all the holidays you have coming up in 2017. This page will give you an overall view of the big things to come, and then the next stage is about planning the monthly details. You might think, “Why can’t I just make one big list?” and you can, but making one big overview means you won’t need to go into huge detail here and that can be saved for more pages that you will come back to more often.
This is where it gets interesting. The Monthly Log can be used as your very own personal calendar. Many people order this from top to the bottom and then write M/T/W/TH/F/S/SU next to them, so you can keep a track of what dates they fall on. Add a bold title for the month, or create an elegant handwriting style- it really is your choice. You could even create a page just for an introduction to each month full of doodles and illustration or you can keep it simple. The main point of this page is to write down daily tasks you need to remember, such as dentist appointments or catch up coffees with friends so you can look at your whole month and see if there is anything else you’d like to add. With other diaries, you can’t really get a feel for your month because each day or two days can be on a different page. This way, you can see the overview.
The Daily Log
This is the part that will look like a usual journal but you can personalise it as much as you want. If you wanted to dedicate two pages to one day, you can choose to do this. After your month’s pages are planned out, have a look at which page it starts and ends on so you can note it down in your Index Page. If you are someone who wants to split one page into three days, that’s absolutely fine, too! The whole point of a bullet journal is that it is yours and should reflect who you are and how you want to use it. Once you get the hang of it, you can start ticking off everything you complete. Just wait until you see your progress throughout the year.
Let’s say you are a huge film fanatic and you keep hearing about incredible ones to watch in 2017. Instead of forgetting about them, you could create an entire page dedicated to them. This way, you can come back to each one and tick them off once you’ve watched them. After that, you could even put your ratings next to the titles so that you can recommend them to friends. These types of pages don’t have to be about films. It could be full of places you want to visit, dishes you want to try or albums to listen to. Don’t try to think of collections all at once. Let them come to mind naturally and have fun with this section instead of seeing it as a task.
Things to remember
Bullet Journals are not meant to look perfect. Your day, month or entire life can change and you might end up scrapping or adding completely different pages. This is meant to be an activity that helps you keep organised, even if it looks messy. The aim is to have fun with it and track your progress throughout the year, regardless of how quickly or gradually everything develops.