If you’ve never heard of bullet journalling, you’ve managed to miss a huge community online – on blogs, youtube, facebook, instagram and who knows what else. A bullet journal is basically a diary, but it’s one that is super customisable and easy to keep track of various things.
I fell in love with the idea of a bullet journal, but using just a notebook for my diary isn’t workable for me, so I’ve been implementing this technique into my Filofax for a couple of years. This post from July 2014 still remains to be my most searched for and found posts on the blog. Crazy, right? My system has changed a little since that post, and I’ve taken on one of the pages that kept popping up in set-up videos, so it’s time for an update!
As you can see above, I have a key to remind me what each symbol means. The check box is for tasks. This is basically anything that needs doing, with no set time. If started but not completed, I will colour in half of the square, and if completed I will colour the full square. Anything with a set time is labelled as an appointment with a circle bullet and when completed I’ll also colour this in. Lastly, notes are signified with a dash.
Next on the list are ‘extra information’ symbols. A check box with an arrow means that task has been moved to another day, and one with a cross in it is not relevant any more. An exclamation mark is used for important details, a heart is used to show ideas or inspiration and a question mark used to show something that needs more research. These things aren’t everyday symbols, but they are there just in case a simple check box, circle or dash isn’t enough information.
It’s really simple, and it keeps things organised for me. You’ll notice that I’m still using a colour code: green for work, purple for fitness, pink for appointments/reminders and blue for personal. This and the different symbols allow me to quickly glance and see what is happening. Sticky notes will occasionally be used, like the big reminder for my theory test up, but they’re not something I carry with me.
And lastly, the other major thing I have implemented from bullet journalling is something that I spotted on quite a few videos and blog posts. A lot of people design these ‘habit trackers’ each month, adding things in and out when necessary. I thought it’d be a great way to track a few things that don’t have a place elsewhere. I’ve still got my exercise in a monthly calendar, but I’ve put them on here too. I just think this really gives you a good overview of what you’ve done in the month. Some people track meditation, drinking enough water, not spending – you can do all sorts.
So that’s how my adapted bullet journal is working in my Filofax. The good thing about this is that putting the bullet journal into a filofax makes it even more customisable than a simple notebook, and that’s what I need! Hope this gives a little inspiration!