How to plan for World Domination-Bullet Journal 101 (Part 1)

Updated: May 31, 2021

A quiet space...your favorite cup of tea/coffee ...and watch the magic happen!!

"Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of who you are" - Carolyn .V. Hamilton.

As a teenager, I kept a diary. It was almost a rite of passage.

Here I recorded all my teenage angst - my first crush, first kiss, and of course, my first heartbreak.

Nowadays, diaries are being replaced by Bullet Journals - now used to record

the significant events of our personal/ business journeys.

Created by New York-based designer, Ryder Carroll, a bullet journal (or BuJo to aficionados) is an analog system, used "to help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future."

A critical aspect of Bullet Journalizing is your Mindset - your motivation for doing this and what you want the system to do for YOU (we'll talk about some prompts later on).

It can go beyond organizing your tasks - as it allows you to "manage your daily routines, act as a repository for your ideas, track your spending, and helps you figure out your strategy

and so much more.

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An important aspect of BuJo is LAYOUT.

As the name suggests, information is captured quickly - referred to as 'rapid logging' - with clearly defined keys or bullet syntax.

These include :

🔻Tasks - represented as:

  • '▪️' signifying an incomplete task

  • '/ ' a task 'in progress'

  • 'x' a completed task

  • '>' a task migrated to Collection;

  • '<' a task scheduled to be performed at a future date - or a canceled task;

  • '!' a task that will be done soon, while a due date task is indicated using a ⏱️;

🔻Events are represented as:

  • 'O'- these can be date-related or scheduled; they can even be entered/ logged after the event;

  • appointments are indicated as ⚠️ or 🔺.

🔻 Notes are represented as '-' or '.'

  • These can be facts, ideas, thoughts, and/or observations.

  • This works well for students (lectures, classroom notes) or

  • entrepreneurs (objectives met/not met)

and the challenges/benefits of each.

These bullets can also be used in combination since they help you to quickly capture and organize your thoughts. The important thing is: WRITE THEM DOWN!!

"Who we are and where we want to go determines what we do now and what we accomplish over time." - Jimmy Tomczak

Look out for part 2 of this series the meantime, if you need more tips and strategies check out my Instagram page here

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