You may already know that a bullet journal can help you make lists for the future, build your business, manage your finances, and relieve your stress. But perhaps one of the greatest benefits to this type of journal is that it can help organize your entire life.
Everything you need to plan is in one place, in this single journal. There is no need to keep looking around for the right one or having Post-it notes lying all over the place. It becomes a type of personalized planner that you create based on your own needs.
Take a look at some of these tips for becoming more organized with a bullet journal.
Use Your Bullet Journal Daily
First of all, try to use your bullet journal every single day. This means having a section for daily logs, where you list your tasks for the day, appointments, moods, and anything else you need to include.
If you have a personal blog, you might list what to post about that day and what to take pictures of.
You may have a doctor’s appointment or need to bring your son to soccer practice. All of this should be constantly updated in the daily portion of the journal.
Include Multiple Categories
Adding multiple categories to your bullet journal is also recommended. Some people limit it to the things they have the biggest problem with, like meal planning or keeping up with appointments.
But, nearly every part of your life has a good reason for having pages in the bullet journal. Include things like finances and savings, work goals, even personal diary entries if you are trying to figure out what triggers your panic attacks. You can even make special collections like bucket lists.
Organizing your bullet journal might be part of your hesitation to start one, but don’t think you have to do it all alone. You can get help and inspiration by taking a peek at other bullet journal pages others have created. This helps you know what types of things to include and how to design the layouts of each page.
Use Signifiers Throughout the Journal
Organizing is sometimes about the details, such as signifiers. These are small symbols you use when describing an emotion, mood, or type of schedule. They make it quick and easy to pick out the ‘significance’ of entries.
You can use one symbol for your mood of excitement or happiness, another symbol for an urgent matter, or a symbol to describe what type of appointment you have.
Keep Your Index Updated
The index is one of the most important parts of the journal and needs to be updated. Many people create an index in the beginning, but then forget to revisit it later and update it with the new information.
Without an up to date index, your bullet journal will quickly become disorganized and it will be difficult to find things quickly. Take the time as you add new logs and collections to update your index.
A bullet journal is a great way to get your life organized all in one simple journal. Try the tips above to get started and make it work for you.