The Bullet Journal® is a popular form of organization. So popular that companies are marketing their products to people who use this organization method, and magazines all over the globe have had articles about it.
With all this attention being paid to what is, at its core, an indexed book of lists it’s no wonder that some people have the impression a Bullet Journal is a fussy thing. This is especially true if their first introduction was via social media or an article that showcased more elaborate forms of Bullet Journal®. However, I disagree. The Bullet Journal needn’t be elaborate if that isn’t what the person in question wants. Though it can be as elaborate a someone wishes to make it, if that is what they want. In fact, the basic template is very simple if you go to the website:
These are called modules. Some people even add an additional module to their Bullet Journal that is known as the Weekly Log to give them an overview of the things they need to get done during the week, whether for work, personal, or some combination of the two.
However, the real backbone of the Bullet Journal® is something known as rapid logging.
Rapid logging is a way of quickly capturing notes, tasks, and appointments. The theory behind it being that being able to quickly note things down leaves more time to get things done and makes using a Bullet Journal® less of a chore than it would otherwise be.
At its core, rapid logging depends on the person developing a form of shorthand, symbols, and signifiers that work best for them. The ones from the website, incidentally, are an excellent starting point. If you’re interested in this system, I would test them out and go from there. I do, however, have the following tips for modifying them to your needs:
- Symbols and signifiers should be easily remembered.
- Shorthand should be easily remembered.
- Longer notes should, ideally, use the least amount of words needed to be useful now and possibly in the future.
That said, while rapid logging is the heart of the system, don’t be afraid to use more traditional journal entries in your Bullet Journal if you have the time. Sometimes a good journal entry on the next page or at the close of the day in line with your rapid logged content is just what you’ll need. The Bullet Journal® is highly adaptive, don’t stifle yourself by rapid logging when it doesn’t make sense.
If you’re reading this, especially this far in, you’re here to hear my views on the basics of Bullet Journaling. Which is awesome and greatly appreciated.
But for all my hope that you also enjoy my other content, I don’t think it fair that I, essentially, force you to check in constantly or wait to hear about new posts in this series from social media. To deal with that, I’ve made the topic on the blog for Fridays this Bullet Journaling series. After it’s done in a few weeks, I plan to keep Bullet Journaling as the main topic for Fridays.
Having specific topics, like Bullet Journaling, on certain days will, I hope, take some pressure off of you and off of myself. Creating a more engaging and symbiotic relationship.
Next Friday I will be talking about the Bullet Journal module known as the Index. And for those who are interested, my next post will be a monthly update for March 2017. This month has been interesting, to say the least.