Hi! My name is Baerbel Born and today I want to explain how a Bullet Journal works. This is a very simple system, designed by Ryder Carroll. You can find the link to his video in the description box. All the methods of keeping track of his time, tasks and notes didn’t work for him. Many of us feel like that that, according to the people I have spoken to. Ryder developed a way how to use any notebook of your choice for his effective logging system. Actually you see many elaborate notebooks using his system. To understand how all those planner and notebooks work, I want to explain the basic system to you. Let’s get started. Please find a simple notebook or exercise book, because I want to encourage you to practice first. I used a cheap exercise book to explain the process. Get a pen or pencil and a ruler. Open your book. Ryder didn’t tell this in his video, but WE start by writing our name on the fist page on the right. I explain ‘bullet’ to my german friends here… ‘BuJo’ is the short form of Bullet Journal. Write down your name. Not Bärbel, hehe. Use YOUR name. In case you loose the BuJo, you may add a contact email or phone number. This is up to you. Turn the page. Again, this is NOT Ryders way, but now add the key to the left page (you may put it wherever you want, just follow the steps to get practice) your key tells you how to mark tasks and notes. A dot bullet is for a task. Every Bullet Journal user has his/her own key, whih depends on your personal taste and habits. If a task is done, you cross the according dot bullet. If you have to move or copy a task to another day or month, you draw an arrow over the dot. An arrow to the right means it has moved to the next week or month. a small circle stands for an appointment or event. a note is marked with a dash. Important notes can me marked with an additional small star, called signifier. An exclamation mark stands for an idea or inspiration. A research note can be signified with an eye. Now back to Ryders way. The next page builds the heart of the BuJo: The index. Add ‘index’ on to the page. Turn the page again and add ‘1’ to the left and ‘2’ to the right bottom corner. On this page 1 and 2 Ryder adds the ‘future log’. This is a calender overview of the upcoming months. Count the size of your page and divide into 3 equal parts. draw two horizontal lines across both pages. This is a 6 month version of the future log. Because the actual month when I made this video was September, I started my future log with Octobre. add the next months, in my example Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb and March. Now go back to the index and add page 1 and 2, note your future log there for later reference. If the video is going to fast, you can always press ‘pause’ or go back. Now turn the page again, mark the corners with ‘3’ and ‘4’ Add the actual month. For me this was September. Each month starts with the date, begin with 1 and add all other days of the month. If you need more space, just take it! You can use the next page as you wish. Draw a line, if you had to use the next page. Only YOU decide how much space you need, and this is a HUGE advantage of the Bullet Journal. Add the day to the date, M or Mo for monday, and so on. Add ‘tasks’ to the second page. As you may have guessed, you can write down your tasks here. You can add monthly tasks when they appear. Don’t forget: Always go back to the index and add your pages and topic there. That’s how the index will grow and serve as a reference and pathfinder for all your entries. After your monthly log it is time for your daily log. Note ‘5’ and ‘6’ to the corners. Now you can add all the dates, notes and tasks for the next day. It is recommended to do this the evening before that day or in the early morning. remember: A task is a dot bullet Like I said, you can use the BuJo as you wish, you are the boss! If you got lots of tasks for a day, use the space you need. If you do not have anything to write down, skip the day or note something lovely. If you reach the end of the spread, go back to your index and note page and content, like you did before. Using this system you can always look up what you did and when. Now you may ask why all those pretty Bullet Journals out there look so different: That’s because many creative people upgraded Ryders system. One last element of Ryders system are ‘collections’. For example if you find similar or repeating tasks and notes, you may create a new page for this. Find the next blank page and index it: Write down the topic of the collection to the top and your page number to the lower corner. A collection can gather recipes, birthday lists or anything you want to plan ahead with a list. you may create the collection on one page or as much as you like. Don’t forget to add the collection to your index. I will give you more examples for collecions later. I hope this can help you to understand the complex pages of those elaborate BuJos. Now I show you the basic layout of a so called ‘weekly spread’. Divide the spread like you did for the future log. For the weekend, cut the 6th section in half. Name each box with a day of the week and the date. Add the date as well. Most of the layouts you see online are weekly spreads or collections. This was the very basic concept. We will leave Ryder Carrolls concept here, and learn about ‘Bullet Journaling de luxe.’ I show you how you can use the concept in your own journal, and decorate the pages as you wish. This is a notebook from Hahnemühle, the small size fits into every pocket or bag. The next notebook was for practicing purposes. I tested inks and pens, if they work for me. I tried layouts and techniques in there. I strongly advise you to make one notebook for practicing and tests, it makes it so much easier to find your own style and content. You may recognize some weekly spreads here, as well as collections. I added my daily cooking in here. Practicing can be so helpful! I found a way to use post it notes to my advantage. I like the pink notes with the black frame so much, I will use this idea again… When I was ready I bought my final BuJo: A large one, this is a Nuuna L from the 2015 edition. The special feature of many BuJo Notebooks is the dotted paper. It is hard to see on film, but there really are dots! Dotted paper makes designing the layouts easy and fun. Now I show you my BuJo, compared to our practicing book. First: The Name Next page: The key. I made my very own special key… 🙂 This is all up to you! Next the index. My personal way of indexing is to put everything in TWO parts of my index: Time related and collections. Now to my future log. Pretty and clean. To show you how I do my lettering I will make another video soon. This is my monthly log, Another weekly spread with stamps and decoration. My first collection: Places to go with my husband. Short trips on the left, holidays on the right. Another collection: My wishlist and my gratitude log. Monthly log for September. This page was just for fun, and to try some techniques. My goal was to achieve a painted look but without the use of water(color)or paints. A huge problem are the colors bleeding through a page, but these colors didn’t. I will teach you how to do that. One day I will use the page for a collection. Another collection, to write down my booklist. here you can see an example how to use a page, you couldn’t decide what you may use it for. Reserve it with a post it for later use. Two pages that I needed to plan events in 2017. My weekly layout, Rayder style: I added each day the night before. So easy, so much fun! You see the golden washi tape? I used it to cover a misspelled lettering. Clever, eh? Again a weekly layout, stamping style. More collections… An uber cute fantasy layout with an unicorn theme. Now what? The future is unwritten. As you can see. The next page is always the page you need. More ideas for collections are: diet tracker, TV shows, savings tracker, house cleaning, gardening plan, blog statistics Track how much water you got. I hope my epic lecture was useful for you. And you give Bullet Journaling a try. Do not worry to much, you can’t go wrong… If you are afraid of failing, follow my advice to start with a practicing BuJo, you won’t regret it. See you soon and I LOVE YAAAAA PLEASE rate (thumbs UP) and subscribe. Thank you for watching!