The Bullet Journal Method - What is a Bullet Journal?
A Bullet Journal (abbreviation: Bujo) helps to organize your everyday life and to put daily thoughts on paper in a simple but structured way. The best thing about journaling is that you always have an overview of upcoming tasks, appointments and excursions. At the same time, ideas, thoughts and goals can be written down easily and never get lost again. With the help of a Bullet Journal Planner, everyone has the opportunity to create his own planner and adapt it to his own needs and preferences. A bullet journal is basically just an individually designed notebook, which is a practical everyday companion for work, study, mommies and family.
What is the method behind the Bullet Journal?
There are no concrete specifications, but the Bujo lives by the principle of Rapid Logging. Here the arrangement of a page is divided into four components:
Header with theme
short sentences or keywords
In journaling, the entries are categorized into so-called bullets. The classic division is into tasks | to dos, notes | notes, appointment | events. I still add the bullet "Idea | Idea" for me. At the beginning you simply set up a key, i.e. you define which bullet belongs to which entry. Personally, I only use the classic bullets, while some additionally use different colors for certain topics. Basically it is not necessary to sort your bullets properly.
The idea behind it is to get thoughts quickly and easily on paper. Therefore you simply write all entries in the bullet journal according to the "MIx&Match" principle and only change the bullets at the front (depending on the topic). If you want to break down your task or appointments even further, you just take a different color and indent the sentence a bit.
Customize your Bullet Journal according to your needs
What exactly you write in your Bullet Journal is up to you. No matter if you want to collect to-do lists, scribbles and sketches, diary entries, pictures and polaroids. Feel free to visit my Bujo, there you will find many ideas and inspiration around themes, content, set ups and logs.
I'm using my Bullet Journal as a classic calendar but also as a creative notebook and activity diary to collect my thoughts and keep nice memories! So if you also want to be creative or want to design a planner according to your needs, your personal Bujo is just the thing for the new year! :)
The Bullet Journal structure - My idea as inspiration & template
At the beginning of a new journal I create an index (table of contents) and some pages that are valid for the whole year. One of them is the Yearly Log. This is a double page with an overview of all twelve months of a year. Here I just create a calendar to see which date is based on which weekday. Additionally I create a list with my goals for the new year. I also create an overview with birthdays directly at the beginning of the year. I always need a complete double page to see immediately who has birthday in the corresponding month. If a notebook is full, I transfer these pages back to my new Bullet Journal.
Every month I first have a cute cover page with my chosen set up on the plan. I design each page in the month according to a uniform setup, which I already start with the cover page and define at the beginning of each month. Here I choose shapes, colors and a certain theme for the month. This then runs through all my Bujo templates.
Then I start with the monthly spread and the weekly spreads (for every week of the month). The monthly log gives me the advantage that I have all important events for the month at a glance. I always create the weekly spreads the weekend before I the week starts. For this, I usually use one double page in the Bujo. For example, you can draw a box for each day of the week and write the date and name on it. Another possibility is to simply note the weekdays with date without a frame or box. On top of that I write down the month as headline and create a small calendar with a little monthly overview. Finally mark the current week with a highlighter. Then you can use the last place for my general to-do's that occur in this week (but not on a certain day). Finally you can use doodles, sketches, quotes, colors or stamps to give your page a little more design.
Systematically design content and ideas with other Bullet Journal
Use Doodles for pictorial representations
With logs and spreads you can plan your week
Use handlettering or different fonts for differentiation & individuality
Tracker methods allow you to measure your progress
Use quotes that motivate you or mean something to you
Highlight your overviews and headlines with markers or use stickers and templates
What distinguishes a Bullet Journal?
With the help of many layout possibilities, everyone can create a planner according to their individual needs. A classic Bullet Journal in A5 is also super handy and can accompany you everywhere. So you always have it at hand for ideas and new notes. Your everyday life can be better structured and you always have an overview of important to-dos, events, birthdays or appointments. I also write down my goals for the new year or for each month, because this way I can better coordinate my achievement of the goals. Only if you work step by step in the right direction you will see success in the end. Measuring goals and seeing what I have already achieved is essential for me!
My Bujo is simply my unique & unparalleled everyday companion, which was designed 100% by myself. A book in which I collect memories and write down all thoughts. Independent of place and time I have the possibility to make entries and notes. I myself can become very creative and write and draw perfectly. In doing so, I am always learning new helpful techniques (handlettering, doodles, sketchnotes).
Which materials are required?
For the start, a pencil and eraser to sketch, a black fineliner and a notebook are certainly enough. But I use a lot more pencils, colors and materials. I want to make my Bujo as creative as possible and use many different possibilities. These include Brush Pens, Text Markers, Pastels, Watercolors, different brushes, Push Pens, Post its, special notebooks and many more pens. Which material I use for my Bullet Journal and what is especially suitable for it you can find out here.
Do you want to create your own Bullet Journal? Let's start right away! :)