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Bullet Journaling: The Creative Way to Organize

By Lauren Ford
Posted On Jun 10, 2016
Bullet Journaling: The Creative Way to Organize

If you haven’t heard of bullet journaling yet, listen up because it is the ultimate happy place between creativity and organization. According to the website, the bullet journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary. It is essentially whatever you want it to be, plus production.

Brooklyn-based designer, Ryder Carroll, has curated this analog system through trial and error over the years ultimately to make his notebook more productive. The bullet journal tracks the past, organizes the present, and plans for the future all in one place. The basic components of a bullet journal 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.

Watch the video below for an overview of bullet journaling.

Carroll shows the framework of the bullet journaling system here, but as with everything, the Internet has taken this shell and molded it into the newest creative fad. A cross between adult coloring and journaling, if you will. Check out the creative spin Instagram users have put on their bullet journal.

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Will you try the new bullet journal trend? Let us know what you think!


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