The concept of keeping a journal is something we've been hearing for years now. It helps us get our thoughts down, they help to keep us organized, and they can just be great tools to keep track of the chaos in our lives. Though, for people who have a million and one things on the go, the bullet journal seems to be the better alternative.
There are a few key phrases you'll need to learn before diving into the project:
Each of these has their own little branches of terminology that will help you stay better organized.
The main purpose of the bullet journal is to help you keep track of your life in as compact a way as possible, which means that its primary method is for users to write down quick bullets over longer sentences. This is where rapid logging comes into play. The bullet journal website describes the steps to rapid logging as "consist[ing] of four components: topics, page numbers, short sentences, and bullets."
When it comes to organizing the bullets, the website recommends the following symbols:
You can also come up with your own symbols!
Many people have indulged in a bullet journal and have lots of things to say about it. There have been tons of people who have posted on their blogs or written articles about their experiences with a bullet journal, and while there are tons of pros to having one, they come with a few cons as well.
In an article by Refinery29, blogger Kim Alvarez talks about a few things to keep in mind before you start a bullet journal. She reminds new users to keep things simple and not to spend too much time trying to make it perfect or look nice. "When [new users] see so much inspiration, they're like, 'Okay, I want to do a sleep tracker, and I want to do a habit tracker, and I want to do this, and I want to do that.' Pretty soon they overwhelm themselves with all these different ideas," she says.
"It has to be yours. It's not what anyone else is doing. It's what works for you. It's what you need in your life at the time, and what you need now may change in a couple of weeks or a couple of years. And your Bullet Journal will adapt along with you as your life changes," she added.
Be sure to think about whether you really need the bullet journal in your life and question how useful it will be given your schedule and needs. If you're thinking of getting a bullet journal, there are a few places you can go to check them out. Some offer a variety of colors and come with the specific symbols already added to the margins.
It's all about doing what's best for you!