Bullet Journaling – What You Need to Know

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People have always loved keeping track of their thoughts and experiences. The most common form of doing this were the journals, but they got a bit lost as the internet started to dominate our lives. Those who resisted the digital revolution a bit longer were the business professionals with their complicated planners, but ultimately they too switched to planning their busy days digitally.

It was clear – in order to keep the paper planners/journals alive, a big change needed to happen. But what could be so great that it beats all the benefits of having every aspect of your life right beside you, on your phone? The answer came in form of bullet journal.

It all starts with bullet points. You can create your own to-do lists and weekly/monthly/yearly plans by simply writing down a bullet point list. There’s a basic key and it goes something like this:

  • dot for a new task
  • x for a completed task
  • < for the task you want to schedule for another time
  • o for event
  • – for note
  • > for migrated task


Now that you know what the bullets mean, you can use them to create your own daily, weekly, or monthly planners. Here is how those pages might look like:

Ok, you got the basics, and the rest is completely up to you. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you want. Some people prefer neat handwriting with black pen only, while others use colors, draw, paint, scrapbook, and more.

Popular bullet journaling equipment includes colorful pens, washi tape, stickers, stamps. Don’t get too overwhelmed; start from the basics and see which style fits you the most.

It’s all about having fun while effectively planning your life!