As things are picking up at The Lifestyle Loft, I recognise that it’s important to keep organised! My friend and guest blogger Michelle explains how to get started with a basic guide to bullet journaling – enjoy!

I’m always on the hunt for new ways to maximise my productivity, and organisation is a key component to this. The best and most flexible method I’ve found that works for me is this ‘new trend’ called Bullet Journaling. The concept itself isn’t new – it’s like keeping a planner or agenda. I’ve been keeping agendas from grade school all the way through grad and law school, but those only served for school-related assignments, most appointments, and minor to-dos. The Bullet Journal method is like a planner on steroids, and unlike traditional planners, you use a blank notebook so that no pages go to waste.

The idea is to keep everything in one place: to-do lists, appointments, diary, doodles, finance tracking, meal planning, you name it! Some people, including me, even have multiple journals going at once. Currently I have my personal ‘bujo’ that houses basically everything: appointments, fitness and workout tracking, some passwords to accounts, gift ideas, bucket list, wishlist, goals, and my endless to-do list both for work and personal things. I have a separate journal for travel planning and another book for ‘things I learn’ from books, courses, the Internet, etc.

Okay so enough of this jargon! How does one actually ‘bujo’?

What you’ll need:

  1. Blank journal.
  2. Pen.

How to Start:

The first blank page will be your ‘Index’ page. This is where you’ll list all the contents in your journal and what page they can be found.

My first official ‘bujo’: a large, graph paper Moleskine.

My current bujo: an A5, dot grid Rhodia. I keep my style consistent to save time.

Some people like to include a ‘Key’ page. This simply identifies what each symbol or ‘point’ before a note means. The most common ones are: a bullet point for tasks, a circle for events, and a dash for a note. Again, you can use whatever is fitting for you!

As you can see, I’ve added some symbols to further assist my eye in finding what I need through my journal. Use whatever works for you!

And that’s it! You just started your first bullet journal! Now you can add whatever you want, wherever you want. It can be simple and minimalistic, or you can let your creative side run wild! Just be sure to number the pages and index them on your Index page.


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