Bullet Journal 101

Okay let's nerd out.

Walking through the office supply section makes me so happy, and a new planner makes me even happier! I loved looking through all the options in August to find the perfect layout for the school year ahead. Daily/Monthly combos were gold...until I discovered bullet journaling. 

Now my professional and personal tasks are combined in one journal with the freedom to design layouts or spreads the way I like. 

If you've never heard of a bullet journal you can check out Ryder Carroll's original bullet journal system. 

Here is all you need to know about bullet journaling: 

1. The Journal

A bullet journal is not a specific journal, it's a system to organize your tasks. That means you can use any journal or notebook to keep all your to-do lists in one place. I use a hardcover journal with dotted pages.

 

2. The Key

Bullet Journal Key

To avoid scratching through tasks, I use this key throughout my entire journal. To-do's have a regular bullet with an x when it's done or an arrow if it's moved to the next day. Appointments, meetings and events have a small open bullet that's filled in when it's over or migrated with an arrow. If it's something that needs to catch my eye so I won't forget, I use a star. I like the simplicity of this system, and it works for my job. 

 

 

 

 

 

3. The Spreads

These are layouts that you put in your journal to keep you organized. Most bullet journals will include a place to keep future, monthly and daily dates and tasks. If you look on Pinterest or Google you'll see a ton of options, but let's keep it simple. Here are the spreads I always have in my bullet journal: 

 Yearly Calendar Spread: This is the first page in my journal. It takes some time to set up, but you only have to make it once a year!

Yearly Calendar Spread: This is the first page in my journal. It takes some time to set up, but you only have to make it once a year!

 Six Month Future Planning Spread: Great for keeping up with all special occasions, holidays and birthdays. This one comes with a July patch, because I confidently wrote out January in the middle of summer! ; )

Six Month Future Planning Spread: Great for keeping up with all special occasions, holidays and birthdays. This one comes with a July patch, because I confidently wrote out January in the middle of summer! ; )

 Monthly Spread: I make sure to always have space for important dates and a page for our monthly budget. This month I was able to fit in a habit tracker too.

Monthly Spread: I make sure to always have space for important dates and a page for our monthly budget. This month I was able to fit in a habit tracker too.

 

Once you have those special days written down and the month organized you're ready for writing daily lists. If you work a Monday through Friday job, you can make a weekly spread. Try out a few and see what works. 

 

Have you tried bullet journaling before? Leave a comment : )

 

With Love, 

Toni