Bullet Journaling

All you need is a notebook and a pen to join the organizational system of Bullet Journaling. Whether it's for your to-do list, a notebook, a sketchbook, or even a diary, keep all of your thoughts in one place with a bullet journal!

Use a bullet journal to keep all your thoughts, ideas, plans and tasks in one organized place. A bullet journal can help you get and stay organized, set goals, create a to-do list, write your thoughts down on paper and so much more. Whether you call it bullet journaling or Bujo for short, a bullet journal is supposed to help users collect their thoughts, ideas and plans and all in one place.

What is a Bullet Journal?

The Bullet Journal method had a quick rise in popularity after founder and American designer—and now, bestselling author of The Bullet Journal Method Ryder Carroll—shared his streamlined notebook online.

Instead of using multiple journals, diaries, agendas and planners for work, home and everywhere in between, the Carroll’s method encourages you to do away with multiple notebooks and use just one! While Carroll prefers a notebook with a dotted grid structure, you can use any notebook to create your bullet journal. As its name suggests, instead of writing long sentences of prose, you organize your thoughts with bullet points and short sentences. This called rapid logging, according to BuJo experts.

Bullet Journal Ideas

Your bullet journal can be as basic or as beautiful as you want to make it. To start yours, number your pages, or purchase a notebook with pre-numbered pages. Leuchtturm1917’s dotted journals not only come in a range of sizes and stunning, vibrant colours, but they also come with pre-numbered pages.

Reserve the front of your journal for your table of contents or index. This can be a living document, so you can always add it to it as you continue adding sections and pages to your Bullet Journal.

Many, like Carroll, use different types of bullet points to visually categorize and organize their journals. For instance, according to the official Bullet Journal website, a filled-in circle refers to a task; a dash is a note and an open circle represents an event. This way, with a quick scan, you can easily digest everything you’ve written down.

You don’t need to separate your bullet points by type. You can mix them up as you write them down throughout the day. You can also nest them together—for instance, you can write down an event with an open circle bullet point (like “my birthday party”) and then on subsequent indented lines, use closed circles and dashes to jot down the tasks you need to complete before the party as well as party planning ideas!

Along with using the Bullet Journal method of organization, many fans make their notebooks visually stunning by creating beautifully designed pages. One way to do this is by making a bullet journal weekly spread, which gives a top-level overview of your weekly tasks, appointments and obligations. You can also add in a bullet journal monthly spread to give yourself a longer-term overview.

WThere are so many places to go for inventive bullet journal page ideas. From Instagram accounts dedicated to showcasing Bullet Journal spreads to YouTuber with practical BuJo tutorials, inspiration is everywhere. All you need to do is pick up a notebook and pen to get started!