Next week, I am going to share my tips for maximizing efficiency for planning your day, but today, I wanted to share a document I have cultivated for my students and other educators as a resource for getting started with Bullet Journals. This will be an evolving document that I will add to as I get more resources. Enjoy! Note the hyperlinks throughout to original sources.
BULLET JOURNAL HISTORY: AN OVERVIEW
THE ELEMENTS OF THE ORIGINAL SYSTEM
The Bullet Journal official website gives a really great overview of Carroll’s initial system, which includes these key elements:
1. Rapid logging – a system of taking notes very quickly using page numbers, titles, and different bullet icons to distinguish steps you have taken with tasks. Within Rapid Logging, Carroll distinguishes these categories:
Topics and Page Numbers
What you rapid log falls into categories, called “Modules”
2. Modules – allow you to organize the notes you are taking in different ways. There is a page at the beginning of your Bullet Journal, your “Index” page, where you add the titles for all your entries so you can very quickly refer to them later.
3. Monthly log – a calendar and monthly task list.
4. Migration – transferring over only the most relevant pieces from one week or month to the next. (Pipes)
WHY USE A PAPER OVER DIGITAL SYSTEM?
The key here is understanding the importance of transcribing tasks by hand (versus using an electronic device): this makes you more mindful of your responsibilities and more prone to remember them. It makes you prioritize the tasks that really need to be done because top-of-mind tasks take precedence.
THE BUJO KEY SYSTEM
Carroll developed an initial “Key” for translating logged tasks | events | agenda:
• A black dot indicates a task
> A forward arrow means a task that has migrated over from a previous list or month
< A less-than sign indicates a task that has been scheduled for a specific time
O A circle means an event
- A dash is a note to one’s self
* A star adds special importance to a note
Drawing an eye means "look into"
MAKING IT YOUR OWN
That is the BASIC system. As you probably noted, I -- like many BuJoer's, find it helpful to have a weekly spread and I like the visualization of a block calendar, but these are just some of the ways that people have taken and adapted the BuJo system to suit their needs-- which is just what Carroll envisioned and wanted.
ARTICLES THAT HELP FOR GETTING STARTED
Cooper, Beth. “People are Falling in Love with A Simple Planning System that Just Uses Pen and Paper,” Quartz, 6 June 2016, Quartz Media, qz.com/701309/people-are-falling-in-love-with-a-simple-productivity-system-that-just-uses-pen-and-paper/.
Sunawaka, Ellie and Rachel Wilkerson Miller. “WTF is a Bullet Journal and Why You Should Start One.” Buzzfeed, 31 May 2016, Buzzfeed Inc, buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/how-to-start-a-bullet-journal?utm_term=.dynrAn6pe#.hxj04B8MA.
Some Links for Inspiration + Getting Started
Caroll’s Guide for Getting Started: http://bulletjournal.com/get-started/
Carroll’s Getting Started Video: https://youtu.be/fm15cmYU0IM
My First Post in Getting Started: https://hillaryyeager.com/blog-1/2017/1/5/starting-spreads-january
The Lazy Genius Collective: http://www.thelazygeniuscollective.com/blog/how-to-bullet-journal
Getting Started: Photo Inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/hillarykyeager/starting-a-bullet-journal/
A Basic Video Tutorial for setting up your Bujo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuaaotSpifM
A Dude’s Bullet Journal Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8STQ1C8nP0
General Bullet Journal Inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/hillarykyeager/bullet-journals-a-planning-system
Bullet Journal Spreads: https://www.pinterest.com/hillarykyeager/bullet-journal-spread-inspirations/
Inspiration: Instagram # Bulletjournals: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/bulletjournal/?hl=en
Instagram: How to Bullet Journal: http://instagram.com/howtobulletjournal
Bullet Journal Junkies: https://www.pinterest.com/bohoberry0530/bullet-journal-junkies/
Bullet Journal Guide: http://www.tinyrayofsunshine.com/blog/bullet-journal-guide
Ways to Customize Your Bullet Journal: https://www.buzzfeed.com/nicolenguyen/genius-ways-you-can-customize-your-bullet-journal?utm_term=.lwYq713PP#.efRjnyxrr
My Amazon List http://a.co/c5IX9un
10 Best Bullet Journal Supplies: https://hillaryyeager.com/blog-1/2016/12/29/what-you-need-to-get-started-for-bullet-journal-success
I will be adding more to this list -- is there anything you'd like to see? Anything you have enjoyed or encountered that inspired you in your journal, or anything that would be helpful as you start out? Share in the comments!