Introduction to bullet journaling

I found yet another excuse to justify my love for all things Moleskine. Even though my love for notebooks started with my first diary, my love for my Moleskines is somehow more profound. It’s not just the thoughts trusted to the paper that’s magical. I really feel my notes and my writing and improve when written in one my Moleskine notebooks. I love the thought of using the same notebook as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway that my notes are connected to art, history and literature that way. Yup. I know what you thinking. Those people at Moleskine know how to sell it.

Fortunately, there’s also a more practical use for these overpriced notebooks. Let me introduce you to bullet journaling

Bullet Journaling is a calendar meets to-do-list meets journal on paper.  In a earlier post, I wrote about why writing has advantages over typing and bullet journaling makes use of this theory. What you need to do is write everything down that comes up in your head. Everything. Wait. Let me say that again. Ev-e-ry-thing. You mark your notes with a key, that helps you identify what you need to with is particular note.

Bullet Journal key

Every month, you’ll use one page for writing to down appointments and activities. You’ll use another page to jot down your task for that month. Tasks that are incomplete by the end of the month get transferred to the top of next month to do list. Every day, you’ll start with an entry, copying that day’s appointments and activities from your monthly calendar and the tasks you plan to do from you to-do list.

Bullet Journal month overview

Wait. I’ll be doing double work. i did that already, didn’t I? Yes, but’s that the point. Writing triggers the memory, so I won’t forget my appointment or the things I need to do. And double fun: when a task has been completed, you get to check the box twice!

Bullet Journal notes

Just as with all things, it’s a habit that needs building. I find that keeping a separate calendar for work and family stuff doesn’t work. I should keep one journal for everything. I just don’t want to. Although I have a fulltime job, I like to keep work and home to separate things. But that a completely different story. So bullet journaling and me, we still need to get to know each other. But my note books and me, that love baby.

Want more? You can follow my love for Moleskine, bullet journaling and all things note book on my Pinterest board

xoxo – Irene

Day 13 of writing 101: write about finding something. Today’s twist: if you wrote day four’s post as the first in a series, use this one as the second installment — loosely defined. I took the prompt on finding a new use for my Moleskine. It’s a second post regarding the lost art of analog note taking. 


13 thoughts on “Introduction to bullet journaling

  1. Love this post. I buy a purple Moleskine agenda every year (I love them!) but have now evolved with Evernote to which I now can’t live without. But my real love will always be paper! Cheers!

  2. I love Moleskins (sad they’re so expensive though) and I also love to-do lists. Unfortunately for me, I am very (much emphasis on the very!) terrible at keeping to my to-do’s. I have such a great time creating these lists and making them look all nice/professional but then never put them into use. I’m still working on it though & ‘bullet journaling’ sounds like another awesome thing to try! Thanks for sharing 😀

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