Bullet Journal Principles - Find a Way to Hack Yourself

After starting to write bullet journals a couple of years ago, I gradually swicthed to using my journals for note keeping and logging. I continued using the notebooks for ideas, concepts and sketching. I have recently relaunched my bullet journaling. My experience led to a few changes of what I use and how. So first here is my take on why Bullet Journaling is such a great method for self productivity!

What makes BuJos great is the combination of no pre-formated paper aside from an empty table of contents to reference your content and page numbers. Both could be drawn up on a blank notebook page. Page numbers can be added by yourself as you progress with your journal entries page after page. 

With Bullet Journaling the dot grid pattern has gained popularity and is often preferred over blank pages, lines or square grids. Though what you like is up to you! Type of notebook, the size and form factor. You could even create a digital form of BuJo though most users love the idea to get away from the digital data overflow.

Some like to organise their calendar only in the Bujo, others prefer an additional paper calendar format. Most users seem to mix BuJo and digital calendaring, especially if you need to coordinate with others.

The pre-formatted "take-it-or-leave-it" solutions like traditional paper calendars & organisers is replaced by a very simple set of "key" concepts you can use in any notebook of your choice:

  1. Keep an index
  2. keep time logs
    future, monthly, daily. Refine them however you please. Weekly logs are a popular addition.
  3. Rapid logging (basically a super simple skript language to turn bullet points into a logging code).

    1.  A bullet ° is a task which can be completed (crossed)
    2.  or moved back "<" into a "monthly" for a example, or moved forward ">"to the next day.
    3. It becomes a note by transforming the dot into a "-" (minus or hyphen). People have started to add their own codes. 

  4. Always review "open" entries and get rid of them. Check yesterday, the monthly and the future log for open entries and then start to migrate yesterday to today. Thereby you "close" yesterday. Closing yesterday's open tasks doesn't mean you have completed them. If not completed, you simply move them to today or to some other time that does not need to be specific.

The sections of time logs with the daily keeping of the journal and bullet point code are key to this hyperflexible BuJo method. They allow to index and organize a paper journal with ideas of the digital world. Old pages are either useful and listed in the index or every entry is either crossed out or migrated to the next days or future planning. You keep therefore the back and forth of notebooks and pages at a minimum.

You can keep other collections like trackers. Just reference them in the index. 

For more info jjust search youtube for interviews with Ryder Carroll who invented the Bullet Journal method or visit his website bulletjournal.com. Check out the wikipedia entry. Years after millions of people started using his methods he wrote a book called the "Bullet Journal Method" in 2018.