Bullet Journaling 101: Your Life Just Got Easier

The 21st century can be so demanding. Our schedules are filling up by the hour and the random sticky notes can be found on our laptop, fridge and all over the house. As a college student my to-do lists are never in the same place. Typically my important reminders are scribbled in my Biochemistry notebook, my planner (after I search for it for the hundredth time that week), and let’s be honest sometimes my body becomes a jotting place as well. But in reality, how many organization methods can we have without our lives falling apart? Planning gets overwhelming and most of the time we just hope that we’ll remember everything. It’s time to drop the useless methods and discover the lovely world of Bullet Journaling. At first it only seems useful for the soccer moms with 10 kids and 3 jobs. There are extreme bullet journalist who seem to track their every breath and thought, but there are also those who make it as effortless as possible. Bullet Journaling can be  as simple or as creative as you want. It’s all about staying balanced on your own level.


Why Bullet Journal?
Bullet journaling is different from your typical calendar  and sticky note method. Everything for your daily life is in one place and you’re using bullet points as your main organizational tool. In this one journal you can keep all of your hourly, daily, monthly and yearly task in one place, along with important things not to forget. There are no full sentences in your journal, just quick phrases to get the job done. (Instead of saying Write Anthropology Essay on Humans Across the World you can just say ‘Write Anthro Essay’ or ‘Anthro Essay’. It’s your task, you’ll know what it means.

Tips to Starting Your Bullet Journal
Grab a new notebook specifically to be used for your Bullet Journaling.
Invest in Colored Pens. Although black pens work well, it is more exciting and organized to have colored pens. And you’ll feel compelled to bullet journal more often!
Think of Daily Tasks that you need to keep up with: Homework Assignments, Tasks, Chores, Meetings, Exercising and Drinking Water, Food Intake, Grocery List, etc.


Beginning Your Journal
Create a huge list of important dates for the year (birthdays, concerts, deadlines). Don’t worry, if you don’t have them now you can always add them in as time goes. These dates should go in the beginning of your journal so that you’re not always searching for them.
Start off with whatever month you’re beginning your journal. Sketch a quick calendar or list of each day. Fill in any important dates.


The Following pages are used to jot down what needs to get done during your day or month. I generally separate my pages by weeks. On these pages you jot down what needs to be accomplished (Homework Assignments, Tasks, Chores, Meetings, Exercising and Drinking Water, Food Intake, Grocery List, etc.). It can be organized in any way you want, but remember to use simple bullet points to make it simple.


When tasks, events, etc. are completed you can simply scratch through or highlight them.
There are other more technical methods such as arrows, circles, and triangles. But this is just the basics.


There are many ways to Bullet Journal, but one thing that they all have in common is that everything is in one place. No more searching, no more remembering. It’s simple and it’s yours.
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