Bullet Journaling: Aiming for a Better Life

What is a Bullet Journal? 

It’s a little hard to summarize what a bullet journal (BuJu) is in just a few sentences. It is a planner, a journal, a tracker, and an organizer all in one. It is a system that is tailored to you and your life; bullet journal is whatever you make it. If you have some creativity in you and want to be organized, this system is for you. The best part is, setting up your bullet journal takes 5 minutes and then you are ready to go!

What supplies do I need to Bullet Journal? 

  • pens/pencils
  • notebook

Really all you need to start bullet journaling is a notebook and a pen or pencil. Some like to get a bit fancier though. I prefer using a binder so that I can add printed pages and move pages around. I also like using pretty colored pens. Stickers, stencils and bookmarks can also be fun to use. Use whatever works best for you!

How does it work?

One of the main purposes of the bullet journal is to help you remember to get things done. To do this, we use a system called “task migration.” That is a fancy way of saying that if you don’t get a task from your “to do” list done today, move it over to tomorrow so that you don’t forget! To help us quickly figure out what our bullet journal is telling us, we use a Key.

Key:

A key is a quick way to help you know what is in your journal. It is made up of symbols that represent something. Here is what my key looks like:

Tasks:

The task list is one of the things that makes a bullet journal unique. It isn’t just your regular old “to do” list. I know when I have something on my “to do” list and I don’t get to it, I can feel a little guilty. With this system you can simply “migrate” your task to the next week/month by placing an arrow next to it and then moving it to the next week/month page where you can get to it. This way you can keep track of tasks even when you can’t get to them right away.

   
Index/Table of Contents:

Just like in a textbook at school, the Index/Table of Contents tells you where in your bullet journal to find things. Don’t forget to number the pages in your bullet journal to help you find things! Here is what my Index looks like:

Ideas for Pages

So let’s put this all together and see what a page from your bullet journal might look like. Don’t forget to decorate it! Because I like to plan things out week by week, here is what a page from my journal looks like.

What else can I include?

There are a ton of other things you can include in your bullet journal. One really good thing to include is a mood tracker. There are lots of different ways to track your mood in your bullet journal, but this one is my favorite. You just fill in the color you are feeling for each day of the month. At the end of the year you will have a rainbow of moods!

There are a ton of other things you can include in your journal too.

  • a tracker for what you eat
  • a tracker for how you sleep 
  • a tracker for when you exercise 
  • a tracker how much water you drink 
  • a trackers what books you read
  • a list of what movies you want to see 
  • a journal of the dreams you have 
  • a list of things that help you relax 
  • a “bucket list” 
  • a list of important people/contact numbers 
  • favorite recipes
  • meal planning 
  • trackers for goals you have for yourself
  • a “traditional” journal section

Where can I find more resources and ideas for bullet journaling?

Pinterest is a great place to find resources on bullet journaling. There are lots of free printable sheets available. Youtube also has a ton of tutorials on bullet journaling. Just search “bullet journal” or “buju” for tons of ideas!

And here are 2 free PDFs of bullet journal pages!

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