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How to Bullet Journal

How to Bullet Journal

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
log. 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
Log. 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
productive. 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. For more tips and tricks, please visit bulletjournal.com Please like and subscribe to this channel. Thanks for watching!

100 thoughts on “How to Bullet Journal

  1. Hey, I loved your idea. I'm currently researching for similar kinda idea but in "digital" way. I would love to have chat with you and seek guidance from you, please reply or email me at [email protected] if interested.

  2. For some reason I didn’t do a daily log in my bullet journal this year, i think it was because i dont have a lot of things to do during the day and only in the month itself like homework assignments and doctors appointments

  3. Table of Contents (for reference)

    0:00 Intro

    0:25 Choice of notebook

    0:35 Getting started with Index

    0:48 Future Log

    1:23 Monthly log

    2:03 Daily log and rapid logging

    2:41 Review of logs

    2:49 Migration

    3:37 Collections (Shopping lists/ongoing projects/classes)

    (Thank you, Werner Wintels

  4. I mix bullet journalling with a planner: I use a monthly + daily planner because I need some form of "rigidity" (esp with write down the monthly log – I prefer the monthly spread to be in the normal calendar format because I'm accustomed to thinking in number of weeks – but I'm lazy to draw + most of my appointments occur 2-3 months later. Also I use the Chinese lunar calendar to keep track of Chinese festivals and solar terms so there is more work + space required if I draw my own). But I adapt the bullet journal philosophy e.g. migration, writing down lists, logging, monthly review etc, and I think this system has worked out best for me. So instead of sitting around and saying "too much work", go and try to understand the crux of this methodology and adapt it to your own needs.
    Tried managing my schedule (and sanity) digitally but I returned to paper in the end – cos I was able to slow down and remain sane when I go analogue etc (read all that stuff off the Internet regarding benefits of writing your schedule). But I still use the digital calendar and to-do list on my phone – so my mum and I could share a calendar and know each other's schedules, and that I could keep my long term goals somewhere more easily accessible.

  5. Get haircut, walk dog, find meaning in life, transform my existence. These simple tasks seem perfect for a system like this.

  6. This is so simple – ironically this simple system has turned into an art project that requires hours of drawing and labelling, spending hundreds of dollars/pounds on washi tape and hundreds of hours watching videos that teach you how to draw. Using this video as a reminder of why I got into this in the first place – simple planning.

  7. So bullet journaling is more about planning , time management and be organized. Bullet journaling is not for writing about your day or feelings or writing a detailed review about what when on that day. Bullet journaling is used more for accomplishing tasks and staying on top of things so you don’t slip and or lost track of what’s going on in your life right ? I’m correct right ?

  8. So excited to try this! Setting my first bullet journal up now. I'm a little confused but will be pausing and listening as I need. Thank you for being so clear!

  9. Thank you so very much for this. Since my smartphone broke I decided I was never going to trust everything to a phone again. This really is the answer to having an analogue way of organizing.

  10. I love this, love it. Even pages go on the Left, Odd pages go on the Right (look in any book) but this is so great. My journal is so messy but it changed my life.

  11. I bought a bullet journal. I think I'm going to set mine up differently. I just need to know what to do each month to get the ball rolling. I think I'm just going to make boxes for the different months and create a bullet list of what I need to get done. That way I save pages and I can use my journal longer.

  12. How on Earth is this easy or simple at all. The moment you started by not taking notes, I knew it was impractical and pointless.

    I can't imagine organizing notes into dates and indexing. To me that is totally ridiculous. Just start writing what you need to remember in bullets. There.

  13. Actually if you can put a video about your using style, i would be very appreciated because i want to start bullet journaling but i dont know how ? I need more live example . Thanks for all hard work 🙂

  14. I really like this video, and this guy, and this bullet journal concept…
    — The journal, because it's simple and streamlined and doesn't get in the way of itself AND incredibly flexible and malleable.
    — Ryder, the presenter, because he is straight forward, to the point, easy to understand, not at all pretentious.
    — The video: @ t=1:09 when Ryder creates the 6 months of future log, he begins with May, but then ten seconds later when he makes his first monthly log page, he steps back to April. Then, when he's migrating uncompleted tasks to the next month, he puts a 'right arrow' next to "SEND OUT TAXES" (t=3:09), presumably with intention to move that to May (he'll be late, but organized). AND he doesn't mind making a mistake and then scratching it out (t=3:14). In other words, all very real, all familiar, not slick & polished. I'm pretty darn sure his bullet journal, at the end of the six months, is full of scratched out 'changed my mind' bits. As is mine.

  15. lmao i love everyone complaining how it wouldn't work for them. if this exact method thats shown doesn't work for you then use your own? thats what bullet journaling is all about, do what works for you and use it the way you need it and don't complain when others use their bullet journal the way it works better for them🙄🤦🏻‍♀️

  16. I remember watching this video when I was just started out with bullet journaling. I love coming back to this once in a while c:

  17. 2:06 I'll prolly regret this later, but this is my first Bujo, so… pfffffft. I'm going to make a page filled with the symbols and meanings. I'll prolly add some of my own. I'll also add a list of pens so I can keep track of which pens work the best. [added as I'm creating mine: the asterisk with a circle around it = URGENT! That's different than important.]

    I just bot the Exceed A5 100gsm dot book. As of yesterday they just improved the quality of their paper so it's now better than most of the others for less than half the price. A Bujoer helped that company fix their product.

    Thank you for your Awesome!

  18. WOW. "……take a careful look…consider if something is worth your time. If not, cross it out.". Ryder—you crossed out : SEND A THANK YOU CARD. that says alot about you doesn't it? And although that may be who YOU are, please remove that as an example, because I work in a field where civility matters, and thank you notes can save a life.

  19. This has helped me A LOT as a person with ADHD. Sure, I do forget about it sometimes and I'm still working on trying to be a bit more consistent with it,
    but it does help with my overall productivity and ability to remember important things, To-Do lists, ideas and brain farts.
    It gives me somewhere to drop things into at any point in the day that is organized enough for my brain to not have to think about too much.
    Side note: I realized how small your handwriting is compared to mine. I can't seem to fit those boxes with my cursive handwriting,
    I occupy more space so it doesn't look like a squiggly mess lol.

  20. No entiendo, en el registro diario coloco lo que debo hacer en el día, o también lo que debo hacer para otros días, tipo, mañana tengo un examen, en el día de hoy coloco, examen de mañana, o espero a mañana para colocar: examen :v

  21. Dude, you really confused me in your book. Like not a happy camper right now….I wanted to start creating one but all of a sudden after KEY CONCEPTS there's all these pages on "syntax", page topics, rapid journal ling. I'm like where do these fit into the larger structure of the book???

    I don't understand how much of this I'm supposed to remember and now I don't know what to write cause I haven't gotten past the index page, cause you haven't shown me how to do the other pages. It's all about detailed descriptions of style but no guidance on the structure. The Future log, how is that different than the monthly log, and the daily, log how does the STRUCTURE of the book interact before you start lecturing me on how to write sufficiently. "Pages need topics" What!! ! I just want to start trying to wrap my head around monthly, future logs, daily logs without writing the same thing in each one and having a journal full of redundancy. Are page topics the same as collections?? (they sound like it but you don't call them that!!!). ARRGGHHH. So frustrated, feel like wasted a Saturday trying to start a journal. Not impressed I actually paid money for you book.

  22. currently writing my first one! kinda scared that it won't last long but also, so excited because i've heard many good things. one question though. after we write down the dates of the month, it's still quite empty. do you write down things right beside the dates/are you supposed to? and if you do, what do you write? because he told us to write the task on the right page but the empty space bothers me. thanks!

  23. I create my bullet journal off of Amanda RachLee.

    If you don't know who she is, I highly, highly recommend.

  24. In the daily log do you write down tasks you need to do that day or tasks you heard of / thought of / got that day?

  25. Why would I write tasks in the Daily Log when i have the tasks in the monthly log? I can migrate the task with the keys from the monthly tasks to the next. And in the daily Log, i write what i have DONE this day, not what i need to do. So i can see too when I did the task.

  26. I'm confused about the # of pages in and between each section as demonstrated. Whenever you say "next empty spread", sometimes you're jumping 3+ pages, until the actual next spread.
    You stated this is the 6-month version, yet dedicating 4 pages to the Future Log seems to indicate this is the 12-month version.

    Also, what in the Mother of Abe Lincoln's name would require 20 pages between each month? 20 pages, seriously? Now there are 10 * 2 of them; this is getting out of hand! In the video, the daily log for April starts at page 17. (allegedly taking up 10 of the 20-page gap)

    So following the pattern, we'll have something like this:

    Future Log: 1-4

    April: 7
    April Daily Log: 17
    May: 27
    Books to read Section: 29
    Retail Therapy Section: 30

    May: 31
    May Daily Log: 41
    June: 51
    Section 1: 52
    Section 2: 53

    July: 54
    July Daily Log: 64
    August: 74

    … And so on …

    I've exhausted myself. It's really difficult to understand the exact layout in terms of pages explained here, at least without purchasing the expensive and proprietary Bullet Journal notebook.

  27. good video big help to me not a whole lot of unnecessary yapping right to it and easy to learn thank you for knowing what to do

  28. I love this system!
    Going to favorite this and some of the other videos I can find about this subject and wait until I get to buy my bullet journal and perhaps my mind-journal.
    Thank you! I'm so grateful that I searched for this.

  29. Can you start bullet journaling whenever or just at the beginning of the year? i want to start now but i can’t find a single video where someone has started later in the year

  30. Help!

    Idk where else to ask for advice, maybe someone will see this and can help.

    I love the bullet journal but it’s making me realize just how much stuff I can’t do in a day. And it keeps leaving me defeated. And it’s difficult to celebrate small victories seeing that as a whole not much was done.

    Any advice would be helpful, thanks!

  31. German Video Title and English speecher in the Video, also under title in english…, what say About that…

  32. why dont just use a school diary type method? i dont get what is future log, what is monthly log, and what is weekly log. what are they for?
    For example, i want to do a thing next month, lets say i wanna go eat pizza, for example. Using a school diary thing i just write that "task" into the appropriate day with a time next to it and im done.
    Can someone please explain what would i do in the same situation if i were to use a bullet journal? Picture this : i have a nicely setup bullet journal, and i get a "task" to go eat pizza a month from now. what do I write on what pages on my bullet journal exactly?

  33. Señor Ryder, me encantas, y tu método también🍹🍹.quisiera tener un Esposo como tú💜💜 gracias Amor platónico.

  34. Have you ever had a brand new notebook and the pages just BEGGED for you to write something but you didn’t know what to write? This is why journaling became a thing. I honestly started looking into journaling for exactly this reason. I like to write stuff down. Even though I have an iPhone and iPad and a computer. It’s not the same as writing by hand. There’s something so satisfying about it.

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