Welcome back to the Bullet Journaling Basics series! I started using a bullet journal about a year ago, and have found it to be the absolute best (and probably only) way to keep me sane(-ish). There is no right or wrong way to use a bullet journal, so please feel free to do your own thing, but since the system I've been using has been such a massive help to me, I thought it might prove helpful to you, too!
Now sit back, get a journal or notebook and a pen ready, and let me walk you through the basics of this magical, magical bullet journaling system.
The Weekly Log
The Weekly Log is the most-used page in my bullet journal. I refer to it almost daily, to keep track of events and tasks. Once you find a set-up or template that works for you, you'll come to rely on your Weekly Log as much as I do mine, I'm sure! The Weekly Log, unlike the Monthly Log and Future Log, is all about getting things done now, rather than planning for them to be done in the future.
I use a Monday-start system, so I always update my Weekly Log on Sunday evenings. The template I've been loving is as you can see below: events/meetings are kept on a calendar on the left, with a lot of extra room for editing and a section for notes, and the tasks I'd like to accomplish that week are kept on the right.
When you're setting up your Weekly Log, refer to your Monthly Log for events first (left). That way, when you're writing your task list (right), you can consider each event or meeting for the week, and include tasks that may need to be done for the items on your calendar. Refer also to your Monthly Log's task list and bring tasks over from there into your Weekly Log.
Cross items off your task list as you go to make sure your list is always up to date!
That's pretty much it, but let me help you plan for next week, too...
When you're finished with your week and it's time to start again, refer again to your Monthly Log for the events and meetings first, and repeat everything I told you above, including this one additional step: refer to the task list from the week you just finished and pull any incomplete tasks from there into your new task list.
Tip: Use classic Bullet Journal bullet points or your own bullet point system to keep track of task statuses. That'll make planning your next week even easier.
An easy way to keep track of your tasks is to follow the classic Bullet Journal bullet point system, which is what I do:
• Incomplete Task
*• Incomplete Task – Priority
x Completed Task
> Incomplete Task – Move to Next Week
Every task begins the same way, no matter how old it is, with a plain old • (or *• if it's priority). Then as I go, I either cross the • off with an x to mark it Complete, or at the end of the week when I'm transferring tasks, I mark the • with a > to indicate that the task needs to be moved into next week's list (this is the same system I use for the task list in my Monthly Log, as well).
Bullet journaling is really a simple, straight to the point planning system. It's basically an organized collection of lists. It may seem complicated at first because there are quite a few details to remember when you're setting up, but like I said, it's really actually very simple! There's no need to over-complicate it or to get too fancy with bullet journaling unless you want to. You can be as fancy or as plain as you want to be, you can keep as many or as few charts and trackers as you want to, and
NEWS FLASH: there is no need to fuss over your handwriting, either!
This will be the final entry into the Bullet Journaling Basics series, but I will continue to share walk-throughs, page spreads, and videos with you so you can see how I use my bullet journal not only to plan, but also to track habits and goals, plan meals, keep ongoing lists, and even to remember what shows are on each day of the week!
So friends, what interests (or scares) you the most about bullet journaling? And if you're a bullet journaler, I want to know your bullet journaling tips, tricks, hacks, and suggestions! Leave a comment below! ⤵︎