The Bullet Journal (BuJo) is a method of journaling that allows you to log literally everything. A method that was designed and started by Ryder Carroll, has taken many people from the world by a storm. Although a method of journaling, a bullet journal goes farther and more beyond. This is a simple way of keeping oneself organized, mindful and on the track to fulfilling goals.

Making a Bullet Journal doesn’t require a lot of thought or things. Just grab hold of a Notebook and your favorite pen.

What exactly is a Bullet Journal?

A Bullet Journal is a diary in the form of an equal part day planner that superbly streamlines the everyday chaos of planning your life in a manner that makes you more efficient, productive and closer to reaching your goals – professionally and personally. It has different logs for your everyday to-do lists, notes, monthly calendars, long term plans and more.

The best part about owning a BuJo is that it’s tailored as per your life, you can personalize your BuJo by choosing symbols that are simple and quick for you to remember and understand and create sections that are in line with your short and long term goals like a fitness tracker, personal diary, etc. By putting in fresh entries daily you learn to let go of things that distract you and accept the things you care for.

How to go about it?

Take a Breath

The first and the most important thing is “Don’t Rush into it”. According to Ryder Carroll, the finest path to start is by figuring out your aims and challenges in life. Be sure to ask yourself why you wish to keep a BuJo and what you want it to do for you? After you get a faint idea, begin building a system that’s suited to your artistic skills and needs.

Make a Format

If you are too worried about the open-ended format and no rules on how to go about it, start slow. The creator suggests you start with a month log whereby you can make a list of responsibilities that’ll help you meet your monthly goals. For efficiency, you may try rapid logging, i.e. the official dialect of BuJo-ing where you use brief phrases or just keywords instead of full sentences.

Essential Contents

To get the utmost benefit, one must ensure that every BuJo should have the following sections/contents in the said order –

  • An Index- the front page of the notebook and works as a table of contents with page numbers of various collections and a key for the symbols you use.
  • Future log – a four-page layout that contains a line up with upcoming goals, events, and long-term plans. You can also add travel plans, holidays and birthdays.
  • Monthly log – a two-page layout that contains all the things you wish to deal with within the month. In this section, you can add a budget log, food/fitness log, etc.
  • Every day Log – simple to-do record.

 Key Symbols

When you are in the process of building a symbol that fits your needs, you can use the following symbols in case you wish to be a pro at BuJo – 

  • Inspiration (mantras, insights, and ideas):
  • Tasks: •
  • Priority: *
  • Notes (observations, facts or ideas): —
  • Events: O

Tools Needed

There are specific bullet Journals but any kind of diary, journal or notebook will do. As you go ahead with time, you can start to use stickers, color tapes or even felt tips. You can be as free as you wish to be.

Final Tips

For those, who are worried about their not- so great artistic skills, take a breath and relax. In the words of the creator Carroll “BuJo is always about function over form” and form can be beautiful or kind of sloppy. What’s important isn’t what it looks like but how effective it is, how it makes you feel and how it helps you move towards your goal.