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Bullet Journaling 101

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Welcome! Start by watching this quick overview of how to Bullet Journal®.

Rapid Logging

Note-taking and traditional journaling take time; the more complex the entry, the more effort is expended. The more effort expended, the more of a chore it becomes, the more likely you’ll underutilize or abandon your journal. Rapid Logging is the sol

Bullets

Rapid Logging relies on the use of short-form notation paired with Bullets. Every bulleted item should be entered as short objective sentences. The Bullets will help organize your entries into three categories: Tasks, Events, and Notes. Tasks are rep

Signifiers

Signifiers are symbols that give your entries additional context. A handful of useful examples are listed here; feel free to come up with your own as you get more comfortable using the core Bullets. Represented by “*”; used to give a Task priority. P

Modules

A good way to look at the Bullet Journal is as a framework. This framework consists of modules. Modules are methods designed to help collect and organize specific kinds of entries. The power of the Bullet Journal is that you can mix and match these m

The Index

The Index serves to help you easily find your entries. It’s the master collection module if you will, “the ring that binds them.”Setting up your Index is easy. Simply leave the first couple pages of your notebook blank and give them the topic of “Ind

Future Log

This Collection is used to store items that either need to be scheduled months in advance… or things that you want to get around to someday. Set up your Future Log by graphing the pages by the amount of months you’ll need. Two equally-spaced horizont

Monthly Log

Daily Log

The Daily Log is designed for day-to-day use. At the top of the page, record the date as your topic. Throughout the course of the day, simply Rapid Log your Tasks, Events, and Notes as they occur. If you don’t fill a page, add the next date wherever

Migration

Migrating content is a cornerstone of Bullet Journaling. Once you’ve hit your second month of journaling, take a glance at your previous entries. See any unresolved Tasks? “X” out your completed Tasks and assess whether the remaining open Tasks are s

Collections

Sometimes you’ll have notes and tasks that are related by a common theme or purpose. Rather than having all these related entries scattered across your Bullet Journal, simply create a Collection Module. Collection Modules, or Collections, are great f

Threading

Using Collections in the Bullet Journal is a great way to organize ongoing projects. Some longer-lived projects will spread throughout your book. Though indexing helps you keep track of where your collections occur within the book, it can be a hassle

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Online Communities

Here's a list of some of the most vibrant Bullet Journal Communities online. If we missed one, let us know!