Bullet journals have gained a lot of popularity in recent times. Broadly created by Ryder Carroll as a productivity and goal tracking method, the idea has since become an internet culture by itself. Going beyond the basics, people have come up with all kinds of tracking pages and designs, which are shared routinely online. If you’ve come across them and have been intrigued, now’s the best time to start your own bullet journal. We’ve covered the entire process for you right here

Stage 1: Building

Before you can start bullet journaling, you need to build your journal. For that, there are a few steps involved.

Step 1: Pick the right notebook

Pick what feels right to you – just ensure that it is not already divided into sections as that is something you’ll be doing later. Dotted journals are preferred by many.

Step 2: Make your Index page

Use the first two-page spread as the Index for your journal. Every page of your bullet journal will have a page number, and you’ll update the index to find sections faster.

Step 3: Create your Future Log

Use the next two-page spread as a bird’s eye view of the next six months. Divide each page into three equal sections and update them with the Month name and the tasks & notable days from that month.

Step 4: Create your monthly log

The next page should be the first month you’re tracking. On the left, jot down the date & day and then write an important task you want to track for the day. Use the Future log as a reference. You can also track non-specific monthly tasks on the same section.

Step 5: Update your index

With a few sections in place, update your index with the correct page numbers for the Future Log & the Monthly log.

Step 6: Start your weekly logs

Flip to the next available spread, write the date on top of the page and jot down the tasks you need to do in bullets. You can do a lot more at this stage but we’re getting to that in the next section.

Stage 2: Functionality

Once you’ve built the structure of your bullet journal, you need to make it functional. That involves creating a method and understanding how you’ll use it.

Step 1: Decide your signifiers

The most common way to note down information in the bullet journal is to use bullet points for tasks, hyphens for notes, circles for events and more. However, the exact signifiers you choose depend on you and how your journal functions.

Step 2:  Update task status

If it’s a task that has been completed, use a cross or whatever you pick to mark it as so. Now, if a task hasn’t been completed, use the > symbol to migrate it to the next day or the < symbol to move it to the next month in the future log.

Stage 3: Personalisation

At this point, you already have a functional bullet journal ready. However, the real fun starts with the personalisation. Here are a few simple ideas.

Idea 1: Make all kinds of pages

The flexibility of the bullet journal indexing system allows you to add any page almost anywhere. From Movies, Books, Diet Goals, Fitness Goals, there’s an endless array of collection pages, project trackers and more.

Idea 2: Organise your way

When you’re filling out your Future log or your monthly log, you can organise your goals by topic, say Fitness, Deadlines, Creativity and more. This will help you achieve a balance in your life when you work towards fulfilling these goals.

Idea 3: Note things to remember

Rather than just making it a way to be productive, also make your bullet journal a way to remember notable memories. Make notes on significant days, keep a gratitude tracker or even use habit trackers to develop positive habits – the choice is entirely yours.

Bullet journal your way

If all of this seems a bit overwhelming to you, then take a step back and do only what you deem suitable. Bullet journals are all about finding what works for you and sticking to that. Let us know in the comments about your experience.