Bullet journal

What is Bullet Journaling

The Term “Bullet Journaling”

When you first hear the term “Bullet Journaling” you might wonder what an earth that is. Many people often assume when They hear the term that is like having a diary. In essence it is and so much more

So what exactly is a Bullet Journal

A bullet journal in the simplest term is A method used for personalised organisation. It is a way or system that someone can organise, manage and keep track of all daily activities they have.
Bullet journaling have grown significantly since it was first introduced and over time the bullet journal community has redefined what a bullet journal is and how it’s used.
A bullet journal is an incredibly personal thing and can be used in many different ways to create many different styles of journaling, some like to keep theirs very minimalistic, whilst others enjoy using it to stay super organised, others like it to be very artsy and attractive. It really is an individual choice.

History of Bullet Journaling

The term “bullet journal” was introduced to the public in 2013 by a designer called Ryder Carroll. He created Bullet journaling to help himself because “When I was young, I was diagnosed with ADD and there weren’t a lot of tools or resources available, so I had to design my own,” he explains. “Rather than keep notes like other people, I figured out how to organize and sort information the way that my mind works.” This concept has grown and grown and there is now a huge community of people all using and redefining how a Bullet Journal is used to meet individual requirements

What is in a Bullet Journal

Ultimately a Bullet Journal can contain anything you would like in it. What works for one person won’t especially work for another.
Essentially there In 5 key components most Bullet Journals contain, these are:

  • an Index
  • Rapid logging
  • Logs
  • Collections
  • Migration

An index works the same way it would do in a book, much like a contents page. All the contents of your Bullet Journal will be organised through page numbering etc and the index will point you to where different topics are within your journal.

Rapid logging is the language in which the Bullet Journal is written. Effectively it is a way to take full sentences and replace them with bullet point lists, this not only saves times but makes the Bullet Journal more concise and organised. Rapid logging uses a series of symbols to simplify, organise and abbreviate information.
For more detailed information on rapid logging check out our article on it.

Logs are basically to do lists which are organised on different timescales. They range from daily task to weekly or monthly logs or longer. Pages made are often called “spreads” often because they are spread across two adjacent pages

Collections are the meat of the Bullet Journal, they organise information by content and come in a varied range of spreads. Every Bullet Journal should have an index, a future log, daily log and monthly log. A variety of other collections can be made and these range from trackers for things like mood, pain and sleep to holiday location planners and money budgets. The only limitation for creation is your imagination!

What do I need to start Bullet Journaling

In essence you only need a pen and a Bullet Journal to start bullet journaling, this makes it high accessible to everyone. Over time you can increase your stationary collection to match your requirements. You can start any time of year and can be as creative or none creative with it as you wish. Bullet Journaling has a huge presence on both Instagram and Pinterest in particular and checking those sites out is a great place to start for inspiration.

We at SanDanDesigns would recommend you checking out our Instagram and Pinterest pages For Bullet Journal ideas and inspiration and of course checking out our range of other articles detailing everything to do with Bullet Journaling.

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