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Bullet Journaling

Bullet Journaling
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WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

Bullet journaling basically involves nothing more than having appointments, thoughts and to-do lists in one place – i.e. a notebook. No bits of paper here, there and everywhere, everything is kept in a notebook or organiser.

The word bullet refers to the bullet points. The system of bullet journaling was created by American Ryder Carroll because he felt normal diaries were not flexible or clear enough. ‘The Bullet Journal is a customisable and forgiving organisation system’.

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

Basically just any old notebook – blank, squared or lined – and your favourite pen. A ruler is optional for longer lines. To create a Bullet Journal®, you can also use brush pens, coloured pencils, stickers, Washi Tape and whatever other material you like.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

According to Ryder Carroll, a Bullet Journal® consists of the following:

  • Index: An overview of what content appears on which page. This will be lengthened if new pages are added.
  • Future Log: The annual overview with all appointments that are already firm.
  • Monthly Log: The overview for every month with the relevant tasks and aims.
  • Weekly Log: The week view. This can be left out depending on preference.
  • Daily Log: The daily overview with all appointments and tasks with bullet points.

At the end of each day, you then look which bullet points have been achieved or which no longer need to be done. These are then marked with an X. Tasks that were not completed or need to be delayed, are marked with an > and moved back – either to another day, to the next week or the next month. With this clever reminder system, unimportant to-dos are removed and important ones don’t go missing!

This is the backbone of a Bullet Journal®. It also offers space for individual additions, such as diary entries, shopping lists, wish lists, holiday plans, recipes, notes and everything you would want to remember. There are also countless ways of personalising a Bullet Journal®. To create the bullet points, you can use your own symbols or colours that you would quickly recognise at a glance.

HOW DO YOU USE BULLET JOURNALING...

...when you’re a student? Diana will show you how in our video. The best method is to make an overview for each semester so you can plan your learning goals better and see at a glance what needs to be done that month. The Reporter 4, with its four colours, helps you to quickly distinguish between various appointments or topics. This way, you can give each type of work (e.g. exam, presentation, essay etc.) a different colour and see what type of appointment is coming up. You can then carry on using these colours to write the grades you got. Your eyes and brain can visually store the colours for future appointments.