In today’s crazy world, it’s very hard keep up with everything we need to do. It seems like we have a thousand lists to keep up with, random information to remember, to-do lists that we can’t recall and various stuff that we need to research about.
It’s hard to find a way to become calm. Being relaxed is something that comes from being organized. If you know you did everything you were supposed to do that day, you will be more peaceful.
Some people like to have a calendar to write important events down. Some people keep lists on their fridge and some people enjoy keeping the notes in their phones.
This can all be functional, yes, but wouldn’t it be better to have everything in one place? Wouldn’t you enjoy having one notebook where all of your info, all of your events and all of your tasks are? Well, we know you would.
Welcome to the world of bullet journals.
What is a bullet journal?
A bullet journal essentialy is a calendar, a planner, a diary and a list combined all in one. It’s a very flexible system that serves everybody and anybody because you are the one making it.
A bullet journal is just a regular notebook you personalize. It contains everything you ever wanted to have and with it, you’ll never be lost again.
How to start a bullet journal?
First you will need a notebook. An empty notebooks works, a ruled one too, a grid one is a bit better to have, but the best would be a dotted grid notebook.
But it is all up to your preference, really.
Your notebook will have a few sections.
The first part of your notebook, meaning the first 10-40 pages, depending on everything you want to put in, will be all of the info you need.
I will suggest you the regular way to do it, but you can personalize it however you want.
You can google any od these things and you will get a thousand pictures from other people’s journals so you can see what layout fits you best.
The essentials are:
- A key – it’s essential so you know what tasks are done, what are moved, what is more important and so on.
- An index – it lets you know where stuff in the journal is.
- A future log – it helps you see all of the events that will happen in the future.
The next things I will present to you can be put into your journal, but doesn’t have to be:
- Period trackers – obviously for women. Important for health too!
- Savings – so you can plan those Christmas gifts ahead!
- Wishlist – so you can see everything you want to buy along with the prices.
- Gift log – you can’t forget about someone’s gift, can you?
- Movies to watch – and you can also rate them!
- Books to read – because reading is fun!
- Series tracker – no one likes to be lost in those 20 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy.
- Random info – where you put e-mail adresses, random passwords (please use code names for the sites), family info with numbers and personal info, a contact list
- Grocery shopping helper – where you put everything you use in the house and you can see what you need and what you don’t each time you’re going shopping
- Sleep tracker – get that beauty sleep!
- Online shopping tracker – so you can get that money back if the item didn’t come!
- Dream log – laugh at your old dreams.
- Meal ideas – so you are never uninspired.
- Health log – track your pain and your health.
- Weight loss and gym tracker – see your progress!
The next part is the changing part of the journal.
After you have set the basics and put the things you will always need in the front, you will continue to make monthly spreads in your journal from now on.
Each month you will make a cover with some pretty lettering (or just a few stickers) and you can continue to put in the important stuff:
- Monthly calendar – to see what is coming up.
- Habit tracker – to put in everything you need to do on a daily basis and get those small things done (meditation, journaling, cleaning, fruit, gym).
- Mood tracker – to see how you’re doing on a monthly basis.
- Journaling pages – so you can keep track of everything that happened during your months.
- „Brain dump pages“ – a page for everything that can’t go elsewhere.
- Highlights – to make little drawings of the best parts of your month.
- Weekly spreads – where you give each day a few rows to write your to-do list and you can track them on a daily basis not to feel overwhelmed.
My experience with bullet journaling
I used to feel very lost because I had a bunch of stuff going on and I was always searching for something, asking others to help me, being boring with questions about what’s when and so on.
It was a huge relief to have everything in one place and today I have no idea how I would survive without it.
It helps me grow as a person because I track important habits that help me become better and, of course, it raises my productivity drastically.
You can always try it out, you can’t lose anything.
Setting up the front part can take a day or two and setting up each month takes about 3 hours. However, it is very worth it, believe me. You’ll feel calm, finally.