Because bullet journals are a completely customizable way to journal, plan, and keep track of every aspect of your life, there are many different styles of bullet journaling out there. This post will explain some of the most common styles, hopefully giving you a simple starting point when setting up your own BUJO (bullet journal). Don’t be afraid to experiment, mix and match and come up with a system that works best for you.
Use Your Bullet Journal as a Daily Planner and Organizer
All over the world, people are throwing out their daily planners and replacing them with bullet journals for a more customizable way to organize their busy lives. Keep track of your appointments, tasks and everything else that comes up simply and in ways that are meaningful to you with your BUJO. You can use color coding and add different sections to make it easier to keep track of all the different aspects of your life.
Use Your Bullet Journal as an Ultimate To-Do List
To-do lists are a productive and satisfying way to keep your daily life organized and running smoothly. Your BUJO will become your one-source, ultimate to-do list system when you start recording your daily and monthly to-do lists, as well as your collections. A collection is a thematic list you can use in addition to your to-do lists. Ryder Carroll, the creator of the bullet journal, explains collections as
Sometimes you’ll have notes and tasks that are related by a common theme or purpose. Rather than having all these related entries scattered across your Bullet Journal, simply create a Collection Module. Collection Modules, or Collections, are great for organizing specific lists (shopping list, reading lists etc), classes, and projects.
To create a Collection, simply flip to your next blank spread and give it a topic. Now find and migrate all your related tasks, notes, and events into this Collection. Finally, add the topic and page number of this collection to your index. That’s it!
Use Your Bullet Journal as a Creative Outlet And Memory Keeper
If you’ve been thinking of keeping a traditional journal, art journal, or scrapbook, but you don’t want to commit to a dedicated book, consider using your bullet journal as a creative outlet to explore your artistic side. You can make it as simple or involved as you’d like and still use the journal to keep track of the things you need to get done as well.
Use Your Bullet Journal as a Personal Improvement Tool
A bullet journal is also a great way to keep track of goals and make sure you’re doing something every single day to help you move forward. Trackers help you keep track your progress and you can add monthly and daily reminders to help you create positive habits. Use trackers, mind maps, and dedicated lists for books you want to read courses you want to take, or new things you want to try. The bullet journal makes a great personal improvement tool.
Make your bullet journal something that reflects your personality. Customize it to fit your own lifestyle and you will be reaping the rewards of a more organized, purposeful, and healthier life! As always, you should remember that the main key to making a bullet journal work for you is to be consistent in using it. Spend the time to create and maintain your lists, trackers, and calendars.
Happy Journaling, y’all!
Melissa (BUJO Lovin’) Shantel
If you would like to learn more about bullet journals, please check out my other posts:
Schedule Your Time Efficiently With a Bullet Journal
Using a Bullet Journal to Stay On Top of Finances
Using a Bullet Journal for Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
Boost Your Productivity With a Bullet Journal
13 Reasons You Should Start a Bullet Journal Today