Guest Blog - using a bullet journal to get organised in life and business

We have a guest blog with a difference this week.  Sarah over at Got 2 Jot has been trying to educate me on the joys of a bullet journal and how they work for a long, long time .. I can see the benefits of everything in one place but can't quite get out of my two notebook approach .. one for notes, one for everything else! The "everything else" one is getting more and more like a bullet journal.  So for those of you who are sitting on the fence and want to be more organised, this is Sarah's introduction to Bullet Journals ... 

Bullet Journaling – the new approach to keeping you organised

 IMAGE CREDIT: MARY JOSTER

IMAGE CREDIT: MARY JOSTER

Last year I came across this craze that everyone was talking about called Bullet Journaling. I did some investigating and now I can say I am a real convert.

Bullet Journaling was created by a guy in the US called Ryder Carroll who wanted to create an analogue system for a digital age. For those of us who still prefer putting pen to paper and having a written to do list rather than having it on our phone or PC then this is certainly a great way to keep you organised.

Here is a short intro into how to start your Bullet Journal or Bujo as it’s often referred to. If you want to find out more details then you can check out my blog for some extra tips.

Starting off your Bujo

All you need to start your Bujo is a notebook and pen. If you want to be more creative then a set of coloured fineliners are really useful.

People can get quite precious over their Bujo because if it’s set up right then this is your life in one book which you will refer to throughout the day, so it’s worth looking at investing in the right sort of notebook.

There are lots of forums and ideas on Pinterest and Facebook but mostly Bujoers prefer dot grid or squared paper to allow them to keep to the system.

How does the system work?

At first glance I was a little intimidated by all the different logging and marking up but as a bullet novice the basic system comprises of a framework you create covering:

  • Indexing
  • Future log
  • Monthly log
  • Daily or weekly log depending on your preference

Stage 1: In my Bujo I set up the Index first which marks down the topics I cover so includes things like my Email Planner, Facebook groups and also home items such as Birthdays. For each of these topics you write down the page number where they feature in your journal.

A top tip I have is to put your index at the back so you have plenty of space to add to it.

Stage 2: I then set up my future log which can be for the whole year ahead and write down key events or birthdays, holidays planned in.

This future log then gets put into my monthly log which has all the activities say for March on one sheet.

Stage 3: Finally each Monday morning I transfer all the things from the Monthly log into my weekly log.

Here is where you start rapid logging. So throughout the week I add to my weekly tasks. Each task is given an icon or a bullet I just put a colour against it so I can clearly see jobs to do, bills to pay, appointments etc. The rapid logging using the bullets is what you will use your bullet journal for most.

It looks as though this is a lot of work and the initial set up with the logs and indexing does take time but once this is done the weekly spreads and rapid logging have really worked to keep me organised and plan ahead.

If you want to check out more about Bullet Journaling then have a look at the official website.

If you want to find out more then check out Got 2 Jot's website and blog.

Sarah can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.

Rachael Savage