How To Start A Bullet Journal: Your Complete Guide

(jazzy music) – Bullet journaling is a
do-it-yourself, create-it-yourself diary, calendar, journal,
dream list, place to doodle. An opportunity to make a tool that works specifically for your life, which is also an opportunity
to learn about your life. – How do you start a bullet journal? I would say get yourself a notebook, and it doesn’t have to
be anything special, just a simple notebook, and a pen. – Step two, write down
what you want to track. Look at it in these pieces of
what are you doing in a year, what are your goals for the month, what are your goals for the week. All of those things can
be tracked together, and can really help you look
forward for the next month, to figure out how to better
prioritize your life. – For folks that are
scared because it’s like, it may organize your life too much, or you like flexibility, this
actually affords you that. – A helpful thing for me is
just to use the basic principles of bullet journaling, which
is an index, a future log, a monthly calendar,
and then rapid logging. – The index goes first, you
write what page something’s on. – The index basically will be
kinda your table of contents. – And then you can find it, instead of having to flip through it forever. Some people do really cute doodles. I love that, I tried
once, and then I got lazy. – Here’s the key, really handy. Consistent indicators for you to kind of process your bullet
journal as you go along. – This is a bullet. – The dot is something
you need to get done. – Update resume, haha. – Next to it, I might write laundry. – Chapter four, talk to this teacher. – Call my mother. – Get these books from the library, return these books from the library. – Buy a new notebook on Amazon. – You X it out when it’s done. – If you’re doing a really good job, you’ll see all your little
lines of X’s in front of them, so you’re really kicking butt. – You migrate with it a little,
I don’t know how to say it. – Migrated is the symbol for failure, which means, no, just kidding. – This is what I would use
to transfer the fact that I didn’t buy that notebook
today to the next day. – You didn’t get to it that
day, and you are moving it to another week or time, or the future. – This is an open circle. – Oh, and that’s really handy. I use it mostly for the future
log, like oh, we’re having a meeting with very
important people on the 13th. – This is a dash, which is
what I use to designate a note. – That gets really handy
when you’re in a meeting or something, where it’s
like oh, this is information, and then ha, here’s something
that then I have to do. – At the end of the week,
as you start to think about writing your next week of
events, you can take stock of what you’ve completed
and what you haven’t. – When something’s like, you
know what, I don’t really need to do this, so you
mark it off as irrelevant, you just cross it off, and
it feels so good, goodbye. – I normally do about
five times I’m allowed to keep pushing something
off, but then if I keep pushing it off, then I know
I’m either never gonna do it, so I gotta do it right
away, or I have to be like, it’s not gonna get done,
I’m just done moving it. ‘Cause, you know, there’s
only so much room on a page, so I can’t really keep things there that aren’t actually, you
know, going to get done. (calming music) – Took me a while to find a
system that worked for me, and really, it’s the
monthly layout once a month, and then these weekly layouts. – My favorite layout is the six-month future log, and the weekly layout. – Keep it simple, like know
what you’re going to use it for. There’s a lot of really
great ideas out there, but if they don’t resonate for
you, you’re not gonna use it. – I tend to use color coding
more than different layouts, as my kind of signature style. This is October, I used
orange for October. – My habit tracker. I list the medications I have to take, different healthy habits. – I have the dates across
the top in this one, and then just the habits that
I’m aiming for on the side. And I try to group them up, so at the top, I have spirituality, fitness,
and general health stuff. – I track how much water I drink. – My sleep hygiene, make
sure I get eight hours. I have one for make bed, but
I only filled it in once. So then the next month, that
would just be off the list. (calming music) – Having it written down
takes it out of my mind and allows me the freedom to live my life in a way that is not just
drowning in details constantly. – This is so much more
tangible, and I’m a lot more proud of this, in a weird way, than I would be of a computer calendar. Sometimes batteries
die, so this never dies. – Makes me feel very productive. – Checking off a task makes
me really wanna do the task. – Every time I fill in one
of my action item boxes, I do a little dance in my head. – I mean, I thought I
was freakin’ efficient, like I’m hella more efficient now. (calming music) – Bullet journaling is awesome. It’s really helped me
get in touch with myself, and I really, I love it, I think that it’s a great system that anyone can use.

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