Beginner's Guide to Bullet Journaling

Organizing my life is something I try really hard to do - I love having a big to-do list to cross off and looking at it at the end of the day to see how much work I got done! For this to get done, I need to have a good system in place so I decided to try my hand at the ever-popular organizing method of bullet journaling!
Beginner's Guide to Bullet Journaling

What is bullet journaling?
The cult phenomenon known as 'bullet journaling' is, at it's very core, a supercharged to-do list that you can customize any way you want. Think of this as a daily planner on steroids... but handwritten. This analog system is part of the appeal! In fact its creator, Ryder Carrol, has a list of specific methods to go about creating a bullet journal on his website here

To start:
You will need a journal, of course. You can get a lined one, a bulleted one, a grid one, or even a plain one. I actually love Moleskine grid notebooks in their small size. I also like their flexible covers. You can find pretty reasonably priced notebooks anywhere, especially on Amazon. I can write a post on finding the perfect notebook for you if that would help (and if it would, let me know in the comments). Ideally, the notebook should be durable - I've kept a journal every year since I started college and I love looking back on what I did and what I accomplished. 

The legend.
This is the important bit: Creating a comprehensive key of symbols that will get you through your tasks. Whatever you choose to be your symbols should be meaningful to you. This is what I came up with (for reference):
Bullet Journal Legend

The content.
I organize my bullet journal first by color. I'm a serial color coder because that helps me get a visual on what needs to get done. After I write in my tasks in color order with the important tasks first, I try to get as much of it done as possible. If I don't get it done that day, I migrate it to the next day. I also leave spaces in my journal for writing out ideas (especially blog post ideas) or quotes, or just general reminders. 
Bullet Journal
And that's it! It's not really all that complicated, and you can get as creative as you want with it!

Have you ever tried bullet journaling? What are your thoughts on this method of organization?


  1. I've never tried it but I have read a lot of great things about it. Much more organised than my current scribbles on whatever paper is closest system, hehe!

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  2. This is an interesting layout and I like organization I may need to try this, though I'll probably use my pre-line planner for layouts and things. Great post!

  3. Woah your bullet journal looks so much more like a bullet journal than mine, I barely have any of the signifier things.Also your calligraphy writing is sooooo pretty!!


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