We all lead very busy lives. Several things are happening in our day-to-day and we have numerous things to accomplish. We can be productive and focused. And here we have it. An introduction to bullet journaling.
What is a Bullet Journal?
A bullet journal is a system used to keep track of your to-do’s, appointments, plan your goals, track your habits and all in one place using a notebook and pen. This system was developed by Ryder Carroll to keep all of your tasks in order, in a very manageable way and as a result, helps you get *!#@ done! The best part about the bullet journal is that it is highly customizable! You can make it into a system that fits your life and needs.
Bullet journaling is a system that can track what you need to do on a daily basis, a monthly basis and even plan on a yearly basis. You can keep your appointments, holidays and special events such as birthdays and anniversaries on your radar. Check mark tasks as they are completed. If something comes up and you can’t complete a task, you either move it to the next day to complete, reschedule for a later date, or cancel it if it is no longer relevant.
Added Bullet Journal Benefits
An added benefit to bullet journaling is the ability to create trackers, add lists, set up goals–just about anything that means anything to you through what
Bullet Journaling Trackers For Weight Loss
- Measurement tracker
- Water intake tracker
- Fitness tracker
- Sleep tracker
- Challenge tracker
- Good habit tracker
- Meal planning tracker
- Weight tracker
Consistent use of trackers can not only develop good habit patterns, but can be highly motivational. Watching steady improvement on paper through tracking can show you how much progress you are making and encourage you to keep working towards your goals.
The Noom Weight Loss Program has a handy phone app that allows you to track aspects of your weight loss journey such as weight, steps, exercise and food intake. These are vital stats for anyone losing weight. It’s important to note that everyone is unique and
What Does Bullet Journaling Look Like?
In this case, I can’t think of anyone who would explain the basics of bullet journaling better than the man who developed it, Ryder Carroll.
ENVISIONING YOUR JOURNAL
To create your own bullet journal, you will use a setup something like this. What you will end up with to suit your needs may look very different. Ryder’s bullet journal system is very minimalist in setup. Some people have created layouts that are very appealing to look at and functional for them. Over time, you will find what works for you. So saying that, you will probably need to work through a few versions until you find out what works for you. Don’t let that discourage you though. When you find something that you can work with, you will watch your productivity skyrocket!
I have personally have gone through 3 versions of my bullet journal and this last version I have worked with the better part of two years. Have faith, your system will emerge with some tweaking.
When I started, I liked the idea of having a journal with lots of colour, pictures and adding different elements to it such as tape, stickers and doodles. This style of bullet journaling became time-consuming for me and detracted from my purpose of having a bullet journal in the first place-to be productive. I reworked it. I did like the idea of having colour on my pages and decided to use different colour pens to differentiate my different “work zones”. That being personal, work, blog and healthy lifestyle zones. This gave me the splash of colour I was looking for and showed at a glance where my priorities would lie that day.
Ideas For Bullet Journal Setup and Pages
Thanks to the internet, there are several areas where you can look for inspiration. Google searches, Pinterest, and Instagram
In The Beginning…
Start out simple and work from there. You can use any notebook and pen or pencil you would like. You can use unlined, lined, dotted or graph paper. I personally am using a simple Hilroy graph paper notebook-200 pages. It’s something you can carry with you as you go or just leave it at home. Again, whatever works best for you. Get the idea of how bullet journaling works and start customizing it to more of what works in your life. Think about some healthy habits you might like to develop and keep track of them in your journal. Over time you will see how you are progressing and tweak as you go.
Get Your Beginner Bullet Journal Starter Kit Here
I have included a minimalist bullet journal with starter pages that will give you an idea of how the system works. I’ve included:
- Index Page
- Future Log
- Monthly Log
- Daily Log
- Collections Page (Habit Tracker)
Give It A Try
Bullet journaling is a great way to keep you committed to tasks you want to complete. Goals you want to reach. Looking at your bullet journal daily gives you focus to those tasks you need to complete to get what you ultimately want. Bullet journals are also very beneficial for watching your progress with healthy habits you are trying to develop. Looking at those filled in blocks every day is really motivating. On the flip side of the coin, you can also see areas where you need improvement if those blocks aren’t filled in regularly.
Like anything worthwhile (like losing weight) you need to put in some work in order to reap the benefits. Commit to bullet journaling. See what’s working for you and what’s not working for you and change things up as needed. Need inspiration? Do a google search or look at some Pinterest boards, YouTube videos, Facebook groups, Instagram feeds. There is inspiration all around. Your system will emerge and you will be more productive. One checkmark at a time!
Frequently Asked Questions
Bullet journaling is an easy way to keep all your daily, weekly monthly and yearly tasks in one place. These tasks when completed are checked off, and be migrated to future lists. You can also develop collections for areas of interest including habit trackers.
This is truly left up to your own imagination. Some varied examples are: bucket lists, meal planning, books to read, movies to see, weight tracking, reducing spending…to name but a few.
YES! Bullet journals in their truest sense are yours alone. Make it in whatever format you like and what works best for you. Many people use minimalist type journals and others like very decorative journals. The choice is yours!
The choices are many. Here are a few common collections or trackers: weight tracker, measurement tracker, water intake tracker, meal planning, grocery lists, healthy snack lists, fitness trackers.
After years of weight issues, I have finally found the formula of combining healthy food choices, regular exercise and positive behavior change to lose weight for good. Coupled with, exploring self-development, being productive and living simply, I am now maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in a good place. I enjoy writing articles to help my readers to become the best they can be!