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Bullet Journals for Beginners

January 23, 2018

The new year is a time for reflecting on past challenges, setting new goals, and making a fresh start. There are many activities that can help you achieve these things. For instance, a vision board you can help you plan goals and mindful journals can help you reflect and center yourself. If you’re looking for a new activity to try, consider bullet journaling.

With traditional journals, people typically write prose about their day, their feelings, or weird dreams they’ve had. Bullet journals, on the other hand, focus on productivity and organization. For these journals, people usually use sketchbooks, notebooks, or binders with graph paper. The journal entries consist of charts, graphs, or bullet points for you to record information: to-do lists, daily activities, etc.

If you are the type of person who doesn’t have time to journal or if you give up on daily entries after a week or two, bullet journals may be for you. Entries are quick and fun to complete. Plus, they are great for collecting data on various aspects of your life, which you can analyze at a later date.

Example of Bullet Journaling

Let’s say you’re experiencing the winter blues. With a traditional journal, you’d probably write a paragraph on what you’re feeling. But if you’re very depressed, you might not even want to write anything at all. That’s where bullet journaling comes in.

With this new technique, you could create a “mental health” chart in your bullet journal and simply rate your depression as a 6 for that day. At the end of the month, you could check the chart to see if there are any noticeable patterns. Maybe Mondays are your worst days or maybe there’s a pattern for how long your depressed moods last. You never know what you might learn about yourself.

Creating Your Own Bullet Journal

While the daily entries are a breeze, the initial set up for your bullet journal can take some time. First, you’ll need to decide what type of data you would like to collect. Then you’ll need to pick the appropriate graph, chart, or bulleted list for that information.

Some journals pros use their artistic skills and create their own graph, chart, and spreadsheet pages from scratch. But if you don’t have the time to complete this step, don’t fret! There are tons of bullet entry pages that you can print from the Internet. While you may have to pay to get some of them, there are tons that are free.

Ready to start bullet journaling? You can find some great inspiration here.

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