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Bullet Journaling has nothing to do with guns

I had a biology teacher my freshman year of high school who encouraged us to make lists when it came to tasks, to help with organization. Which, at 14, life often felt like extremes. I don’t remember much else from that class, biology wasn’t my favorite, but making lists is something I come back to again and again, and not only when I’m feeling overwhelmed with life.

If you like lists, doodling, color pens and possibly stickers, and have resolved to be more organized this year, consider bullet journaling. Think of it as a highly customizeable, analog outline for your life. describes it as “The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.”

The idea behind bullet journaling is to organize information in a way that makes sense to you – that’s that’s the key -it’s personalized.  

The basic components of a bullet journal, according to the official website, are:

  • The Index: The first few pages of the book where you add the topics of your Collections and their page numbers so you can quickly find and reference them at any point.
  • The Future Log: This Collection is used to store items that either need to be scheduled months in advance or things that you want to get around to someday.
  • The Daily Log: This is designed for day-to-day use. At the top of the page, record the date as your topic. Throughout the course of the day, simply rapid log your tasks, events, and notes as they occur.

You can certainly buy the official bullet journal – but for alternatives:

  • Moleskin journals -right now they have an Alice in Wonderland Planner
  • Poppin Journals -they come in a variety of colors and right now are less than $15 bucks
  • a plain notebook- since the idea is to customize it, getting something that fits your needs, including your budget is on top of that list

If you’re intrigued,

Good luck! Cheers to a more organized, colorful, and productive 2017!

About Vijaya Prasad (29 Articles)
Digital Media is exciting. I've been lucky enough to get a close-up view of how changes translate into action at some of the biggest media conglomerates. As the media industry transitions and the way people consume information changes, different segments react in different ways - stay tuned!

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