Bullet Journaling. It sounds kind of strange and different, but it’s a new form of organization that has taken over Instagram, Pinterest, and even Tumblr. The overall effect of it can look very beautiful, and the best thing is it keeps you incredibly organized. The only downside is it can be a bit confusing to get used to at first, but they urge you to try it for two months to get the full effect. So what exactly is bullet journaling?
Bullet journaling is kind of what it sounds like. It’s basically bullet pointing a lot of different things and condensing down pages of information into tiny bullet points. It the combination of a planner, journal, reminder, and motivation book, all composed into one journal. While there are many rules and a very specific format for bullet journaling, many people have taken their own style to it and created their own twist on the original.
What are the basics to bullet journaling? At the beginning of the journal you need to create an index of pages; basically what is where in the book. After that is the future log: a list of the months that year. In that space you write down what you would like to do, need to do, or haven’t gotten around to doing yet. Leave lots of room to add things during the year! Then you need a monthly log: an entire page dedicated to one month and every day of that month. It’s basically the planner section of the journal. The daily log is next, which is pretty self explanatory: a log of things you need to do on a day-to-day basis.
That’s just the basic outline though. There’s rules for how things are supposed to look once you get to the daily log page. Each section needs a title at the top before writing anything. Then in each section there are bullets, but the bullets have different icons that indicate different things that each bullet signifies. It’s very confusing unless you read it very closely. If you want the full details go to bulletjournal.com
All of that sounds boring, but it’s what you do with your journal that makes it fun. Tons of people draw pictures, use tons of colors, and really take the simple basics of bullet journaling and turn it into something very unique. Stickers and friendly doodles are what make the journal yours. The “rules” are more like guidelines anyways.
I personally want to try this new method of journaling this year. It sounds complicated, but maybe after a while it will become second nature to us! Maybe it will be more time effective, and maybe it will even look beautiful once I’m done. No matter what, it’s absolutely a new thing for you and I to try this year!
TXTgirl :: Orange County
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