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Getting organized is on my New Year’s Resolution List, and I ‘m sure that it’s on most peoples.
The Bullet Journal Craze has hit Pennslyvania in a big way. While, I have had hundreds and hundreds of planners over the years, and my husband is a die-hard computer planner. I prefer pen and paper, it helps me keep my life (and my families life) organized.
Reasons why I love the Bullet Journal is it can hold almost everything, your to-do lists, your appointments, your thoughts and ideas, your dreams, it can hold ANYTHING!!
So, if you are like me, and prefer pencil and paper (ok, pen and paper), here are some steps to get you started–
Purchase a Bullet Journal-You need to find the one that works for you. I chose one that I could fit inside my purse, because if I can’t carry it around, I don’t use it. It’s that simple.
Create an index. On the first page of the Bullet Journal. Your index can be anything you want, that is the beauty of the Bullet Journal. Just remember to leave lots of space, because you will find something that you want to add later. One of the most important things to do is to number your pages. I would number the pages, starting with the index, therefore the first line in your index is Index page 1-2. Having the pages numbered allows you to flip to a certain page and it will help you find things later. You need to create an index that works for you, that’s the only RULE of the index.
Future Log-Label the next two pages label it Future Log. This is a place where you put a placeholder for all of the events, you would like to get to, in a specific month. I tend to add to it, as the previous month goes on. And there are things I would like to get to, but I haven’t as yet. By reserving time for it, you are making the chances more likely that you will get to it.
Monthly Log-There are two parts to this, one is just a list of dates, for the month you are working on. Then there is monthly tasks list, which is all of the tasks that you would like to get done for that month. (You also move any previously tasks not done for one month to the next month
Daily Log-After the monthly log, add a daily log, which is anything you need it to be, shopping list, tasks, things to do, ideas, etc. Just title the daily log with the date, and you are ready to start writing.
Collections-This the special part of the Bullet Journal. A collection is anything that you want to keep together. It can be goals, things you learn along the way, things you like, the wine you like, the food you like it, can be ANYTHING! This will be based on who you are, I make a list of books my kid have read, or movies watched, so I can add it to their portfolio at the end of the year. It’s more of an individual thing. So, you probably already have a list of things you try to keep track of, now you just have a place to write them down on.
This will get you started, our next post will be on the symbols. I thought it would be nice to dedicate a post, just to the bullets, rather than to try to stuff them in here.