First, let's start out with what is a bullet journal? No, seriously, if you haven't heard 👂 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 4️⃣ different components: topics, page numbers, short sentences and of course, bullets. You ready to dive into the new age 👵 of journaling? I know that I am!
1. Topics First
So the first 1️⃣ step when you are starting up 🆙 your bullet journal is to start with a topic. You'll want to put this on 🔛 the top 🔝 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 🔢 Next
Then, after that, you'll want to number 🔟 the page. Why? Because you want to make sure to keep track of every page. As you start to fill up 👆 your bullet journal, you'll want to get into the habit of doing the topics and the page numbers 🔢 before you add ➕ any content, that way you can get into a flow.
3. The Actual Bullets
Yep, this is step three! Rapid logging actually relies on 🔛 the short-form notation that is paired up 👆 with the bullets. One 1️⃣ thing that you have to do whenever you are bullet journaling is make sure that every single 1️⃣ bullet item is a short objective sentence. This will help you organize 📑 your bullet journal into tasks, events and notes. Keep that in mind!
4. Onto the Tasks
The thing about the tasks is that they should be represented by a dot and include anything that you want to do, like 😍 maybe brushing your teeth or picking up 👆 the latest Eminem CD 💿 (just … a peek into my own 🈶 bullet journal). The task bullet does a lot of the heavy lifting so to speak, so there are three 3️⃣ other symbols 🔣 that you'll want to use. An 'x' means that the task is complete, a '>' sign 🈁 means that the task migrated and a '<' sign ❎ means that the task is scheduled. You didn't know that you've be learning 📒 another language right?
5. Let's Talk 📲 about Events
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
Now, the notes 📑 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
These are going 👣 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 🔛 what you want to do.
Now that you have the framework down, you've got to move 🆙 onto exactly how to set up 🆙 your bullet journal. Remember, it is yours and how you set 🎬 it up 👆 is important. You should have an index, a future 🔮 log, a monthly log, a monthly task list, a and a daily 📅 log inside of it. So, now that you know how to do it, tell me how your first 1️⃣ bullet journal turns out!