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We keep track of things
The things we’ve done
The things we need to do
The things we aspire to
Theres a lot to keep track of
There are plenty of apps for that, but
I needed a system flexible enough to handle
whatever I threw at it.
and fast enough so that it wouldn’t get in
the way
Hi, I’m Ryder and this a brief updated overview
of the Bullet Journal
It’s an analog system that I designed to track
the past
organize the present
and plan for the future
Sound good?
Okay, let me show you how to set it up.
Though this overview features a custom notebook
design for Bulletjournaling…
…the system works just as well in the notebook
of your choice.
To get started, flip to your first blank spread
This will be your index
To set it up, simply title both pages as “Index”
Now, let’s set up your Future Log
To set it up, turn to the next blank spread
Title both pages as “Future Log”
There are many ways to set this up
Here’s a simple six-month version.
Count the amount of lines on your page.
Now divide that number by three.
With a ruler, draw a line across the spread.
Add the months to each box.
When you’re done, add the page numbers and
add the Future Log back into your index
Ok, turn to your next blank spread
This will be your monthly log.
Add the name of the month on both pages.
The left will be your Monthly Calendar.
Write down all the dates of the month, then
add the first letter of the days.
Okay, that’s the calendar.
The right page is your monthly task list.
Write down all the things you need to get
done this month.
Before each task, draw a task bullet, which
is just a simple dot.
Add the pages numbers, then add this month
back into your Index.
The Monthly Log provides you with a birds-eye
view of everything you need to get done in
a month, and the time you have to do it in.
Okay, lets set up your Daily Log.
Start by entering the day date.
Now you can start adding entries.
Entries are logged using short, bulleted sentences.
Each entry goes into one of three categories:
tasks -indicated by a dot bullet. Events – indicated
by a circle bullet, and Notes, indicated by
the dash bullet.
If a task is really important, place a start
to left of it. This is known as a Signifier.
Signifiers add extra meaning to bullets, in
this case, priority.
This is known as Rapid Logging.
It makes capturing and
organizing information really fast.
Now we’ve set up all the core modules for
the Bullet Journal.
The Index
The Future Log
The Monthly Log
and the Daily Log
Now I’ll show you how they all work together.
At the end of each month, set up
your next Monthly Log.
Scan your Daily Logs for open tasks.
X out the ones you’ve completed.
Now, take a moment and assess the remaining
open tasks.
Ask yourself: is this still worth my time?
If it’s not, strike it out.
If it is worth you time in the short term,
turn that entrie’s task dot into a right arrow
and copy the entries into the new monthly
If a task is due months from now, turn the
task dot into a left arrow and copy that entry
into the corresponding month in the Future
This process in known as Migration.
Migration will help you weed out distractions.
It’s designed to help you focus on things
worth your time.
the difference between being busy and being
Sometimes you’ll have related tasks and notes.
To help organize related items, lets create
a collection.
First, go to your next blank page.
Give it a topic and number the pages.
Now migrate all the notes and/or tasks into
that Collection.
Now index that collection for reference later.
Collections are a great way to organize shopping
lists, or ongoing projects, or classes.
Ok! That’s it for the basic overview.
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