The bullet journal trend is taking the internet by storm right now. If you’re one of those people who a) loves to doodle and b) find regular diaries or weekly planners aren’t formatted the way you want them to be, then you will definitely want to start a bullet journal.
If you’re new to the world of bullet journals, this article is a good place to start. You’ll find everything from how to start your first BuJo (yep, that’s the shortened name) to creating a bullet journal key, bullet journal ideas and inspiration as well as cool bullet journal fonts.
What is a bullet journal?
A bullet journal is basically a diary/journal/weekly planner all rolled into one notebook. Instead of getting frustrated with rigidly formatted diaries from the shops, a bullet journal allows you to design your own.
Digital product designer Ryder Carroll devised the bullet journal method in Brooklyn, New York City (where else?). You can write down everything from weekly tasks to yearly goals in one place – and make it creative as your multi-coloured pen collection allows. To start your own BuJo, you need four key sections:
Just like in any book, an index is where you note down the page numbers and what’s on them. It keeps some order to what is otherwise a chaotic collection of notes and scribbles.
Just like it says on the tin, the monthly log is your To-Do list for the month. It consists of a calendar and your monthly task list. All those things you’ll forget if you don’t note them down somewhere.
Everything you need to do that day – from appointments to ‘buy dog food’. You can make these super basic lists (à la Ryder Carroll) or create a beautifully intricate design with calligraphy and watercolour paints, depending on how much time you have.
From there, it’s pretty much up to you! Collections are notes or tasks that relate to a specific purpose. For example, ‘Christmas Gift Lists’ or ‘Books I Need To Read In 2018’.