There are plenty of time-management systems out there for us to look at. However, right now, there's 1 organizational tool that's very much "in vogue" and making its rounds on Social media and all across productivity/self-improvement blogs. That tool is the infamous bullet journal.
The bullet journal is phenomenal for business professionals or anyone who wants to make the most effective use of their time.
So, What is a Bullet Journal exactly?
A bullet journal is simply a journal that one may use to organize their to-do lists or keep things like notes or a log of things that have already been done. This is done by using bulleted items ( A list of things that matter ), precisely where the name Bullet Journal was derived.
So, it is so much more than a book of bulleted lists!
It's not only more stylish and useful than a simple sheet of lists. Let me explain, keep in mind all of the parts of a standard bullet journal, and think about how you just might go about setting one up.
The parts and pieces
1 | Daily Log and Key.
The bulk content of your bullet journal will consist of a daily log. Every day, you'll create a list of relevant items, which will serve as a to-do list and a place to keep your standard thoughts, notes, and ideas you may want to reference later.
- You might also be wondering how you keep all this in one place without it becoming cluttered. You use a simple key in front of the journal to distinguish different types of notes.
- Instead of only using bullets, you use symbols, crosses, circles, dots, and other elements that you predefine. You also add these to your key for easy reference, which will help clarify what each of these icons represents.
- While it's up to you as to what kinds of things you want to add, you will typically want to have a unique way to designate: To-do tasks, Tasks you may have already finished, and items scheduled for later, and Various notes to yourself. You might also include essential quotes and other relevant ideas.
2 | The Tracker.
Many people include a topic-based tracker for their daily logs, which will track such things as exercises, evenings when you have more than 7 hours of shut-eye, and more.
3 | The Future Log.
At the front of the journal will typically be a section for you to diligently plan out the rest of the year. You can use this in the same way you would use the daily log, except here, you would probably want to place important events, things to consider, or goals to accomplish.
4 | Monthly and Weekly journal logs.
These entries operate just like the ones we discussed in future log, except they only work for the month and the weeks you opt to plan for ahead of time.
5 | The Module.
Modules are pages that you dedicate to… customizing anything you feel is worth tracking. These pages typically take the form of simple lists but don't necessarily have to, this means that you list quotes, films to watch, gift ideas, recipes that you want to try, meeting notes, rules to live by, or anything else for the matter.
- Some people insert modules as they go between their daily logs and simply turn to the next blank page to enter them. Others start their "sections" at the back of the book.
6. The Index.
Finally, you include an index and page numbers at the front of the journal. This is useful for quickly and easily find the items you want.
The great thing about the bullet journal is that it's entirely adaptable to how you want to use it. And when you apply a little creativity, it can also look beautiful. Happy bulleting!