Last week in my newsletter, I mentioned the Bullet Journal. I stumbled onto this method months ago when reading a blog post at tinyrayofsunshine.com. I’ve always been a sucker for blank journals so it piqued my interest immediately. I am a dyed-in-the-wool list maker. I’ve had journals for design work, for website notes, for Knitting Monthly… I could go on and on. But after reading about the Bullet Journal method, I realized it was very much like what I already do – just all in one notebook.
Whether it’s a to-do list, a sketchbook, a notebook, or keeping track of daily events, it can all go into one. The beauty of the system is to make an index in the front and label each page with a title and page number. The page numbers are key; I love this idea! No more lost notes buried three quarters of the way into a notebook crammed with ideas for future projects!
The Bullet Journal people call it Rapid Logging. They break it down into four components: topics, page numbers, short sentences, and bullets.
So far, I’ve only incorporated the titles and page numbers, but then short sentences and bullets just come natural. I was already doing that with my own method. My bullet system has been very simple. I use symbols like >, >>, >>>, or sometimes *** for degrees of importance.
But they further break the bullets down into a coding system that’s pretty cool if you can get the hang of it: tasks, events, and notes.
- Tasks are noted with a simple dot “•”. Tasks then can be further marked with “X” for completed, “>” for migrated (as in moved to another day or month) and “<” for scheduled.
- Events “O” – depicts date-related entries.
- Notes “–” are facts, ideas, thoughts and observations you want to remember.
Each of these can also be further coded with signifiers:
- Priority items are noted with asterisk – “*“
- Inspiration items are noted with an exclamation point – “!“
- Explore – these items are noted with a “drawing of an eye“, something you want to research, learn more about.
Interested and want to know more? There are people that have written extensively on the subject and have much more to say about it than me. All you really need is a notebook and pen or pencil.
It’s really kind of fun. I still have a separate notebook solely for my designs, but have begun to incorporate elements of the Bullet Journal method into my notebook of ongoing lists and notes.