The All-Inclusive Guide ๐Ÿ“– to Starting an Amazing Bullet Journal ๐Ÿ““ ...

First, let's start out with what is a bullet journal? No, seriously, if you haven't heard ๐Ÿ‘‚ about what this amazing journal is really like, then you are missing out. Basically, this is just rapid logging and that is the language that the bullet journal was born out of. It consists of about four 4๏ธโƒฃ different components: topics, page numbers, short sentences and of course, bullets. You ready to dive into the new age ๐Ÿ‘ต of journaling? I know that I am!

1. Topics First

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So the first 1๏ธโƒฃ step when you are starting up ๐Ÿ†™ your bullet journal is to start with a topic. You'll want to put this on ๐Ÿ”› the top ๐Ÿ” outer corner of the page. What is it? Well, a topic is actually just a short description of the title. You want to give it a little thought, as this can really help clarify exactly what you want your entry to be like.

2. Page Numbers ๐Ÿ”ข Next

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Then, after that, you'll want to number ๐Ÿ”Ÿ the page. Why? Because you want to make sure to keep track of every page. As you start to fill up ๐Ÿ‘† your bullet journal, you'll want to get into the habit of doing the topics and the page numbers ๐Ÿ”ข before you add โž• any content, that way you can get into a flow.

3. The Actual Bullets

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Yep, this is step three! Rapid logging actually relies on ๐Ÿ”› the short-form notation that is paired up ๐Ÿ‘† with the bullets. One 1๏ธโƒฃ thing that you have to do whenever you are bullet journaling is make sure that every single 1๏ธโƒฃ bullet item is a short objective sentence. This will help you organize ๐Ÿ“‘ your bullet journal into tasks, events and notes. Keep that in mind!

4. Onto the Tasks

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The thing about the tasks is that they should be represented by a dot and include anything that you want to do, like ๐Ÿ˜ maybe brushing your teeth or picking up ๐Ÿ‘† the latest Eminem CD ๐Ÿ’ฟ (just โ€ฆ a peek into my own ๐Ÿˆถ bullet journal). The task bullet does a lot of the heavy lifting so to speak, so there are three 3๏ธโƒฃ other symbols ๐Ÿ”ฃ that you'll want to use. An 'x' means that the task is complete, a '>' sign ๐Ÿˆ means that the task migrated and a '<' sign โŽ means that the task is scheduled. You didn't know that you've be learning ๐Ÿ“’ another language right?

5. Let's Talk ๐Ÿ“ฒ about Events

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So, now let's move onto the events part of a bullet journal. These are typically represented by an 'O'. The events are all date-related entries and they can be scheduled or they can be logged afterwards, so you can see what you've accomplished. Event entries should be as objective and brief as possible, so keep that in mind, they shouldn't be emotionally charged, we'll get to where you log into your emotions soon, promise!

6. All about the Notes

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Now, the notes ๐Ÿ“‘ are actually represented by a '-', these can be thoughts, ideas, observations and facts. These are entries that you'll want to remember but they aren't necessarily actionable. These could be lecture notes, meeting notes, classroom notes.

7. Now, onto the Signifiers

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These are going ๐Ÿ‘ฃ to actually give your bullet points additional context. Maybe a priority bullet could be represented as a '*' or inspiration could be '!', it all depends on ๐Ÿ”› what you want to do.

Now that you have the framework down, you've got to move ๐Ÿ†™ onto exactly how to set up ๐Ÿ†™ your bullet journal. Remember, it is yours and how you set ๐ŸŽฌ it up ๐Ÿ‘† is important. You should have an index, a future ๐Ÿ”ฎ log, a monthly log, a monthly task list, a and a daily ๐Ÿ“… log inside of it. So, now that you know how to do it, tell me how your first 1๏ธโƒฃ bullet journal turns out!

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