Bullet Journaling is named after the bullet points used in the method. In the Bullet Journal world, bullet points are symbols and short sentences that are used as codes to summarise and provide a quick overview of your projects and plans. For example, you can place a star in front of events, and a heart to denote plans with friends and family. But there are a few special symbols that form the foundation of every Bullet Journal around the world. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Bullet points and symbols for your Bullet Journal
• Tasks to be done
X Completed task/event: When the task is completed, put an X over the point.
> Task moved forward
< Task moved back to log: A task that you’ve moved from your to-do list to a future or task log.
– Notes: This is your area for notes, for example: that you’ve ordered something, that the cake for the party needs to be gluten-free, and so on.
o Event: This is where you enter dinners, dates, parties.
! Inspiration and ideas
* Prioritised task
All symbols can be mixed and matched however you like, and when you see them together, you get a quicker and clearer understanding of the tasks, days and months.
All Bullet Journals begin with an index. The index is the first page of your journal – in other words, it’s the table of contents. Here, you’ll find an overview of everything in your BuJo and what page it’s all on.
A key is essentially a cheat sheet for all of your symbols/bullet points. The key page will help you keep track of what the star symbol means, or what different themes you’ve chosen.
The future log is where you write down upcoming tasks outside of the current month. You go through the future log to see if anything needs to be moved from there to your monthly log. You can choose to do that at the start of each month, or at the end of the previous one – whenever it works best for you and your planning process.
A monthly log usually consists of a spread with a calendar and a task page. The calendar is where you can enter a quick overview of the events and tasks you have planned for the month. The task page is a place to take inventory of your tasks: what is a priority? What remains to be done from last month?
As the name suggests, the daily log is your daily plan. To be consistent with the Bullet Journal method, the idea is to make your daily log no sooner than the night before the day ahead. This way, you will have enough space in your BuJo for each day.
Shopping list for BuJo beginners
Are you ready to get started? We don’t want to leave you without a few suggestions for what you’ll need for your BuJo. If you ask a habitual Bullet Journal user, they would probably say that a few items are essential for your BuJo toolkit.
Here are three BuJo products you won’t be able to live without:
• Paper tape
And of course, a pen (probably several!) and a dotted journal, but that’s obvious!
We hope you’re feeling inspired to start your own Bullet Journal! So bookmark this page in your browser to make it easy to come back to when you’ve got your brand-new BuJo in hand, to help you remember what to do.
Good luck – and welcome to the Bullet Journal family!