Combining mindfulness, planning, and organization, bullet journaling is the ultimate way to transform your life. Used by millions, bullet journals offer a unique way of forecasting, preparing, and reflecting.
Life can be chaotic, which could be why so many people experiencing mounting stress levels and overwhelming feelings of anxiety. Bullet journaling, or BuJo, provides an easy and effective way to find clarity, which naturally helps you to feel more composed and in control.
Whether you’re an avid ‘journaler’ or if you haven’t picked up a pen in years, BuJo could help to transform your life and give you unparalleled peace of mind. To the uninitiated, bullet journaling can seem unnecessary complex to begin with. However, BuJo is actually designed to simplify your life and how you manage it. Once you’re familiar with the styles and shorthand used, you’ll see just how beneficial it can be.
To kick-start your new journaling habit, try these 5 quick-fire BuJo practices today…
1. Use a key
When bulleting journaling, most people use a key that’s present throughout the entire journal. In fact, identifying your key is one of the first things to do when you learn how to bullet journal. A dot, circle, and dash are commonly used to indicate whether something is a task, event, or note but feel free to create your own key that works for you.
2. Make regular entries
If you aren’t used to journaling, it’s easy to forget to keep your journal updated. However, the usefulness of a bullet journal relies on making frequent entries. By reminding yourself to keep your journal updated, you’ll soon find it’s a habit that becomes second nature and the true benefits of a BuJo will soon be apparent!
3. Think big
The flexible nature of bullet journaling means it can be tricky to know how or where to start. Rather than focusing on daily tasks, start by jotting down monthly or fortnightly entries. Often, we deem things which occur less frequently as more important, so you’ll feel a sense of relief by writing them down. In addition to this, monthly or fortnightly tasks often give us daily or weekly tasks we need to complete in anticipation. Once you started recording monthly events, for example, you’ll find your daily and weekly schedule begins to fill up too.
4. Treat yourself to accessories
BuJo can be as simple or as exciting as you make it. With colored pens, markers, pencils, stickers, or washi tape, you can add authenticity to your journal and make it as unique as you are. With a bespoke key and visual identifiers, a bullet journal can become an even more essential part of your day-to-day life.
5. Learn to scribble
A pristine, new journal is undoubtedly a sight to behold but it shouldn’t stay that way for long. If you’re spending time trying to ensure your bullet journal looks perfect, you probably aren’t getting much use out of it. Make your journal your own by doodling, scribbling or enhancing it any way you choose!
Get Started with Bullet Journaling
If you’re eager to get started, why not begin bullet journaling right away? You’ll find plenty of examples of bullet journal practices online but beware of following the crowd too much. There’s no right or wrong way to bullet journal so use examples for inspiration but be confident enough to create a system and style that works for you.