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Bullet Journaling 101

Bullet journals are the analog antidote to a world where everything lives inside your smartphone.

If you’re the type of person who writes something you’ve already done on your to-do list just for the satisfaction of crossing it off, welcome to your new obsession.

Picture a to-do list, a planner, and a diary all wrapped up in one, with a Type A, ‘everything in its place’ magnificent order to it.

Keeping a bullet journal can seem complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll say goodbye to the Notes app on your phone. You may even discover sparks of creativity and self-discovery in unexpected places (like your grocery list).


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  • Begin by rapid logging your topics. This means writing in short, simple sentences.
  • Annotate topics with shorthand symbols, which indicate to-dos, notes, and events. Your to-dos will be further annotated indicating that they’re done/scheduled/migrated. The symbols are simple and easy to remember.
  • Organize your entries into modules, which includes an index and daily, monthly, future logs. Modules are the organizing principle of your journal – essential for the last step.
  • Practice migration. This is the process where you go back through previous entries to evaluate, annotate, remove, and/or rewrite.

Migration is the gift of bullet journaling. You’ll see patterns in what’s done, what’s left undone, what captures your attention, what fades away. It’s a mindful process and a beautiful way to observe your day-to-day life with a fresh perspective.

It all sounds abstract until you see one laid out. Check out for clear instructions on all the steps and head over to Pinterest for some really inspiring examples.

You can make your bullet journal whatever you want it to be. Some journalers go all out, buying leatherbound journals and colored pens. Get crafty if you want, or keep it sleek and simple! All you need is a notebook and a pencil. Whatever you decide, your bullet journal will be as unique as you are. It’s a creative way to organize and record your life.


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