Bullet Journal : 3 tips to get started

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Notes everywhere, notifications on your smartphone and lots of ideas in your head. Thinking about starting a journaling bullet-item? Follow my advice.

Bullet Journal 3 tips to get started

As a child, you loved to draw and write your little secrets in a diary. As a teenager, your school diary and notebooks were precious allies in making sure you didn't forget anything. Now that you're an adult, you have a paper agenda, an electronic agenda, many notebooks and colorful post-it notes. Mom, wife, friend, colleague: a life filled to the brim that needs to be well organized for more serenity. Starting a bullet journal can certainly help you see more clearly in your organization. Are you thinking about it? Are you hesitating? Do you find it complicated? Don't be afraid, follow my 3 tips to create a bullet journal adapted to your needs and your multiple responsibilities.

    Tip #1: Ask yourself the right questions before you start a bullet journal

    You've been hearing a lot about it for several years. You often see them on social networks, in stores and stationery stores, blank or ready to use. You'd be tempted, but you don't know how to start a news bulleting. Before embarking on the adventure, it is important to ask yourself at least two questions.

    What is a bullet journal?

    The bullet journal was invented by Ryder Caroll, an American web designer, because he suffered from attention deficit disorder. With his Bullet Journal, he set up a real personal method of organization so that you don't forget anything and above all you focus on the right thing at the right time. In 2018, he published the book The bullet journal method: Understanding the past, organizing the present, defining the future. The title says a lot about its content and usefulness.

    Much more than a diary, the bullet journal (or bujo for its friends) is a notebook designed to organize one's life through bullet points representing tasks, events, notes to remember, etc. It is also a tool for keeping track of one's life. It consists of different pages such as the annual view, the monthly view, the weekly view, the to-do list, and much more. These pages can be customized as you wish and according to your needs. You can add all the lists that are useful to you on a daily basis, manage your budget, collect your ideas, follow your habits, and so on.

    A practical and minimalist tool created from a simple notebook to group everything together, this method of time management has become revolutionary in its simplicity and versatility.

    Is the BuJo made for me?

    Ryder Caroll says that in our virtual and connected world, Bujoter is an opportunity to open "a parenthesis offline", to take a step back from our lives by dedicating ourselves to the present moment. He goes even further by stating that the bujo serves to "organize the chaos of our lives". The words are strong.

    A life guide with many benefits, we are almost in front of a new way of meditating, of contemplating our lives.

    So, if you are overwhelmed and need to disconnect and give yourself time to rethink your organization and your projects, the bujo may be for you. But if you're addicted to your smartphone, permanently connected and trembling at the thought of missing a notification, will you make the effort to use this almost regressive tool because it's 100% paper? It is essential to think about this aspect as well before starting a news bulletin.

    Tip #2: Choosing the right material to create a bullet journal

    If the objective of the bujo is ambitious, to optimize our time and therefore our life, its shape would be almost derisory: a notebook and a pen will be enough for you!

    But not just any notebook and pen, though. You will find everything you need in stationery to make your bujo the most beautiful bujo!

    You can of course opt for an atoma notebook, a binder or a planner. This will allow you to remove sheets and update it easily.

    But purists will advise you to choose an A5 notebook with dotted or small squares. Rhodia and Leuchtturm 1917 are the most appropriate brands. The advantage of these notebooks is that they are specifically designed for the bullet journal: the pages are already numbered, they already contain an index and you can draw lines without using a ruler.

    The choice of the pen(s) will also be up to you. Personally, I bought black pens from Artline. They are waterproof, the ink is very black and they offer a real writing comfort. But any pen will do.

    For lovers of calligraphy or drawing, the Staedtler or Tombow are a must. Available in 3, 4 or 6 markers, they come in all sizes of tips. Markers, pencils, stamps, stickers, washi tapes can complete them if you want to give yourself a real moment of creativity. However, this material is not at all necessary to start a bullet journal, even in the rules of art.

    Tip #3: Start a journaling bullet by following these steps

    You've got all the hardware and you're ready to start your bullet journal. By the way, you place a lot of hope in this little notebook. Thoughts, ideas, projects, appointments, finally a place to put everything together! But how do you go about giving structure to your notebook?

    1 - Create the main pages

    The index

    As in any book, the index will allow you to find your way around in your bullet journal and easily find information, dates, appointments or notes. For this, if your pages are not numbered beforehand, you will obviously have to number them manually.

    The planning

    The Bullet Journal consists of several specific pages designed to help you get a complete picture of your organization and system.

    • The annual view or annual planning gives you an immediate overview of future projects and major events such as birthdays, vacations, vacations and vacations, as well as all the important dates that will punctuate the year.
    • The view or monthly planning: organize your month, plan your projects, your objectives and the different appointments of the month. In the monthly view, you get a slightly more precise and detailed view of the current month.
    • Weekly view or daily planning: This is where you can start to exploit the full potential of the bullet-based system (the famous bullets) to find your way around your daily tasks and their progress.

    The collections

    These pages can be many and varied according to your projects, your habits, your tastes, your needs and your desires. They can concern all aspects of your life. They are often lists, but they can be presented in different forms: graphics, trackers, wheels, etc...

    Here are a few examples of collections:

    • Shopping and meal list for the week
    • List of books to read, series to watch, movies to see
    • Monitoring of your savings goals to keep your accounts
    • List of objects and rooms to be de-cluttered
    • Follow-up of your various projects (pro and/or personal)
    • Monitoring of your cycles, your sleep, your sports practice
    • List of recipes to test
    • Followed by your Bucket List, everything you would like to accomplish in your life: learning a new language, a new sport... 
    • etc.

    A quick word about trackers: They allow you to visualize whether or not you have reached your goals for the day, week, month or year, such as for example, playing sports, meditating for 20 minutes, going to bed before 11pm, getting up earlier...

    As you can see, the possibilities are endless. This is what makes its strength, but it is also what might frighten you. It's up to you to personalize your notebook and take advantage of it to let your mind wander a little and unleash your creativity and imagination. Otherwise, the exercise would be a bit austere, wouldn't it?

    Any doubts? A blockage? Lots of tutorials exist on the web to help you develop your journal and show you examples.

    2 - Setting up a routine

    Once you have created your Bullet Journal, it is essential to establish a habit of use, a real ritual to encourage you to complete it.

    Don't put pressure on yourself, it must remain a pleasant moment, which will be profitable for you. No need either to want to make a beautiful notebook right away. Go step by step and according to your possibilities: material, drawing skills, time to devote to it...

    You could, for example, get into the habit of completing your journal bullet every morning and evening. In the morning, take 5 minutes to remind yourself of your priorities and plan for the day ahead. And in the evening, take a moment to look back on the day and update your collections, lists and trackers. As you've understood, for some people, this notebook is a constant companion, both at home and at the office.

    This notebook is entirely designed for you, so do whatever you want with it as long as you like to give it time to come alive. There is no question of making it a constraint, the bullet journal is there to help you see clearly and, consequently, to soothe you.

    Here's what you need to remember

    In recent years, the bullet journal has become the essential tool for getting organized and improving productivity.

    100% DIY, many of you will appreciate this creative moment, the bujo should help you move forward more serenely in a life that is often too busy.

    To start a journaling bullet is to know exactly what you need. Don't aim too high! It is up to each person to make it his ally and not a chore. 

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