Bullet Journal Bullet Journal 101

The 2-minute Bullet Journal for busy people

July 21, 2018

A few months ago, on my Facebook page, I created a survey where I asked questions about the Bullet Journal.

As one of these questions, I asked those that had not yet started a Bullet Journal, what was stopping them? Why hadn’t they started a Bullet Journal yet? One of the most popular answer was: they didn’t have the time to.

I paused to think about this answer for a moment. Is the Bullet Journal taking up a lot of my time?

The answer: yes and no. Yes, because I like to come up with different styles for my pages, and make them pretty for this blog and Instagram. But truly, no, the pages and the collections I use in my Bullet Journal to be organised are not taking a lot of my time.

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So I have decided to show you, in this article, how to use a Bullet Journal to be more organised, in 2 minutes or less. Two minutes, tops!

First and foremost…

The Bullet Journal is, first and foremost, an organisational system meant to be simple and efficient. The words “rapid logging” are often used to describe the method invented by Ryder Carroll.

Here is, for example, a picture issued from the official Instagram account of the Bullet Journal, ran by Ryder Carroll:

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Monthly log posted in June 2016 on the official Instagram account of the Bullet Journal, run by Ryder Carroll.

Of course, since the invention of the Bullet Journal and its popularity gain, many people have adapted the system to their needs and styles. If you do some research on the Bullet Journal, you will find pages going through every style: from very simple, like the original style, to beautiful watercolor pieces.

The minimalist style

In my article Bullet Journal: How to find your style, I wrote about the minimalist style. It’s the style I want to talk to you about, you busy, busy people who want a quick and simple Bullet Journal.

What is the minimalist style? Simply, a journal and a pen.

The minimalist style usually doesn’t include any colors or drawings. A title, a date, and the text. That’s it.

A little farther on, I am showing you examples of minimalist pages that I made for the month of July in my Bullet Journal, to show you what YOU can do in your journal, in very little time.

The 2-minute steps

The main goal of the Bullet Journal is for you to be more organised, in an efficient way. As such, we start off our journal with an index. This allows you to easily and quickly find important pages. Personally, I opt for the journal that already includes an index (like the Leuchtturm1917)

easy index minimalist
Example of an easy-to-do minimalist index, made by @supermassiveblackink.

Then, a good planning begins with some long-term planning: the Monthly log. On that page, you write down your appointments and events for the coming month, and you often refer to this page when planning your day-to-day, or your Daily logs.

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Monthly log of July 2018, quick and easy to do.

The picture above shows an example of a Monthly log for July with what I like to keep track of every month: it’s a page really made for me. For your own Bullet Journal, of course, you can include whatever you want: if, for example, you want to keep it simple, you could do a “notes” page to write down quick notes when needed.

Then, every day, you do an “entry” in your Bullet Journal, which is called the Daily log. You copy down your events or appointments of the day from the Monthly log, the tasks you want to accomplish during the day, some notes if needed, etc. And you do it every day, until the next month.

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Daily log, with the events and the tasks to do.

Here’s how to use a Bullet Journal to be more organized, in only two minutes per day. The planning at the beginning of the month requires a bit more time to make but is essential to be efficient and orderly.

Those of you hesitating to start a Bullet Journal, from lack of time, did I manage to convince you? Let me know in the comments below!

If you have any more questions, or want more help to be more organized, don’t hesitate to write me!

Until next time!

Mélanie


Here’s what you need for a minimalist Bullet Journal:

That’s it!


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  1. I love this! Being so busy I would love to try something new and innovative like this that would save a busy mom like myself some time!

  2. I used to have a bullet journal, but I spent way too much time on it (like you, when I do things I tend to do them big). You’ve made me consider starting again and keeping it as simplistic as possible. Thanks Melanie!

  3. I want to TRY a bullet journal but I am a diehard day planner lov-ah! I am minimizing every other part of my life. Maybe I’ll try this as well?

  4. I had always left the bullet journal for those who have limitless time. Thanks for introducing a time-conscious option for people like me who has either no time or no patience for starting from scratch.

  5. When I first started bullet journaling I got sucked up in the, “I had to make it pretty” mode of thinking. This stressed me to all ends. Over the years I just learned I do best by scribbling down what needs to be done in a composition book and doing a strike through with a highlighter. Out of all planning strategies, the bullet journal does make the most sense.

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