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