This two-year old journaling technique was developed by product designer Ryder Carroll. It's intended to be simple and minimalistic, but many people are also using it as a creative outlet. It basically combines your calendar, reminders, to-do list, and life goals tracker.
Here is a video introduction from Carroll:
Each bullet journal has four main sections:
- The index or key spread - the first two facing pages with a list of the sections in the journal with the page numbers.
- Future log spread - a list of important dates by month.
- Monthly and Daily log spread - the month's dates and days of the week, as well as a daily log.
- Collections - a collection is a list of things that you're passionate about, such as movies, television shows, music, life goals, or more.
Collections are lists of reminders by category. For example, you could create a list of movies you'd like to watch this month, or favorite songs you discovered this month. When one month comes to a close, you start the next one on the next spread over - and also carry over any activities as needed.
I have always been a HUGE fan of journaling and personal organizers but have failed terribly in maintaining either habit consistently. I'm going to give this six months and see how it goes.
The basic tools I'm using to kickstart this habit are:
- Eccolo Cool Jazz graph journal with pen loop
- Uni-Ball Signo Micro 307 in black ink
- Staedtler 10 Triplus fineliner marker set
If you are interested in learning more about bullet journaling, here are some of the resources that helped me get started:
- Quarz: People are falling in love with a simple productivity system
- Bullet journal, getting started
- Lazy Genious' Collective: The Absolute Ultimate Guide
- The Art of Simple: How I Use my Bullet Journal
- Marie Claire: WTF is a bullet journal?
- Bullet Journal Joy
- Los Angeles Times: Everything you need to know about bullet journaling
- BuzzFeed: WTF is a bullet journal
- MakeUseOf: Using Evernote as a bullet journal