Bul­let jour­nal­ing: The Ba­sics

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - TREND -

A bul­let jour­nal is split into mod­ules, be­tween a fu­ture log, a monthly log and a daily log with things to do. Tasks, events and notes all have slightly dif­fer­ent icons next to them to high­light their dif­fer­ences.

A fu­ture log uses two hor­i­zon­tal lines to split a dou­ble page spread into six months, while monthly cal­en­dars take up one page with a sim­ple list of the days of the month. These are called “spreads” and im­pres­sive spreads will get you so­cial me­dia ac­claim (if that’s what you want).

Iden­tify open (to-do) tasks with a dot next to them, events with an “o” or notes with a sim­ple dash. Add a cross or put a line through tasks as you achieve them. This is called “rapid-log­ging”.

In bul­let jour­nal­ing tasks can mi­grate for­ward, from a daily plan­ner to the next month (for when you haven’t achieved them), but they can also be logged far into the fu­ture on your an­nual cal­en­dar. As you carry tasks for­ward you can weed out the ones that are no longer worth your time.

Cre­ate an in­dex, and keep track of what is on each page num­ber of your note­book – these will act as a sim­ple fil­ing sys­tem so you don’t for­get what’s in your note­book, and where it is.

You can col­late your notes around a sub­ject, say a pack­ing list for a hol­i­day or ideas for a con­fer­ence, into a col­lec­tion on a sep­a­rate page and in­dex that page in the front of your book.

This sys­tem can be adapted once you’re fa­mil­iar with it to suit your life­style and tasks. You can use it to keep track of ev­ery­thing from the week­end shop­ping list to big life goals, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

Think of it as an archive sys­tem, ex­cept in­stead of sav­ing fold­ers and files on your hard drive, you’re us­ing your note­book as a sim­ple ana­logue server.

To get started, all you need is a de­cent note­book and pen. The note­book should be one that is easy to carry around and won’t fall apart after a few weeks. Lined or plain, hard­back or pa­per­back – it de­pends on your pref­er­ence. The whole point about bul­let jour­nal­ing is that any­one, on any bud­get, can get re­sults from fol­low­ing it.

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