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Bullet Journaling 101

Entries are anything that you put in your

Be sure to number your pages to make indexing easier.


An index lists topics and their page numbers like this:

Topics are the building blocks for keeping

Topic A
Topic B

your journal organized.

Date a page for a general topic or name
it for a specific one.

Subtopics are useful if you think that a topic

5-10, 22, 35
/ Subtopic

Do not hoard pages!!

will be complex or spread out over a long time.

Use dashes (/) to signify a subtopic like
this: Renovation/budget

It is hard to tell how many pages you will need for a

given topic because topics are usually nonconsecutive (so youll need to index them).

Use bullets to quickly log entries using short objective sentences/phrases.

Organize your bullets into categories: tasks, notes, and events.
Tasks are indicated by empty checkboxes and include actionable items.
Indented boxes can be used to list subtasks.

Notes are indicated by a solid dot and include non-actionable items (i.e. thoughts, ideas, and

Events are indicated by an empty circle and include notes that happen on a specific date.
Can be logged beforehand or as they occur

Signifiers give your bullets more context.

Priority most important entries

Migrated task moved to another

section of your journal

Task strikethrough irrelevant tasks

! Inspiration ideas you want to remember later

Create a daily calendar after the monthly calendar.

Write as you go until you get to the next month!
Includes tasks, notes, and events for each day

At the beginning of each month, create a

monthly calendar as a spread of two pages.
Left page numbered list for each day of
the month for events
Right page task list for the month that
you want to get done
Use shorthand for weekdays on the
events page (i.e. M, T, W, F, R, S, S).
Provides oversight and future reference
to organize events and tasks