The Low Down on “Bullet Journaling”

It seems like no matter where we go, we’re always seeing the term “bullet journals” tossed around. You may have heard it too, and—like us—you were probably a bit confused at first. So, what is it all about? Grab a notebook (any one will do!) and get the low down below.

What is a bullet journal?

Simply put, a bullet journal is a combination of a planner, to-do list, and a diary. The concept is all about rapid logging, meaning you’ll use bullet points and short phrases rather than long-winded entries. It basically takes all the extra effort and inconvenience out of your usual planner, because why not?



Getting a hang of the symbols is the trickiest part about bullet journals, but it’s all smooth sailing after that. Avoid confusion by keeping a key at the start of your journal that lists out each symbol and their meanings.



An open circle indicates an event.
A bullet point represents a task you need to complete.
An ‘x’ means you’ve completed the task.
A ‘less than’ symbol means you’ve scheduled the task.
A ‘greater than’ symbol means you didn’t complete the task previously, so you migrated it to another date.
A dash is a note including thoughts, ideas, or just something to remember.

You can also create your own symbols! For example, an asterisk (*) can indicate that a task is a priority.


Filling your pages.

Aside from your key, your notebook will be filled with modules. That’s pretty much a fancy name for all of your journal entries. You’re free to mix and match whichever modules work best for you, but we listed the four most common ones below.

Index: For obvious reasons, your index should come first. This will let you know which page each of your modules fall on. (Psst…you should probably number your pages!)

Future Log: This is basically your year-at-a-glance, and it’s perfect for big events and goals. You can come back and fill these pages out as needed.



Monthly Log: Monthly logs usually take up about two pages for each month. One page acts as a calendar where you can list the month’s events. The second pages lists any tasks you want to complete by the end of the month, plus any migrated tasks from previous months.



Daily Log: This log is for your day-to-day use. Record the date, then fill in any tasks, events, and notes as they pop up throughout the day.



You’re not limited to these four modules, either! Feel free to create your own modules for anything you’d like to track—such as the shows you plan on binge-watching.



Our personal favorite part about bullet journals? You can make it your own by filling your pages with different colors, doodles, and stickers! We recommend checking out some #bulletjournal inspo on Instagram to see what others are doing.

Ready to get started with your bullet journal? Grab a notebook—any notebook—and get to it!


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