She Plans: My Bullet Journal

This is the third post in a series about the Bullet Journal system of planning and organizing life. My first post covers how I planned before BuJo; the second lists reasons I like the BuJo system.

You can read about the basic, original Bullet Journal system here. The adaptations I give below might not make sense if you don’t know the basic system. 😉

[Please excuse the personal items I have blocked out in the pictures below. Oh, and I have been using this system for 3 months, but started this physical notebook in September — just to clarify.]

The foundation of the system is bullet lists. The bullet style is modified to distinguish between tasks, events, notes, and more. These are the bullets I use:

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bullet key

 

I use the word “migrated” (as in the original system), but replaced “scheduled” with “forwarded” — it just makes more sense to me. I also use two different arrows for forwarding tasks. A single arrow for tasks moving to the future, but in the same month. A double arrow for tasks moving to a new month. The only “signifiers” I use are exclamation points and asterisks.


The system is organized by page numbers and topics that are indexed at the front of the notebook. I write page numbers in the upper corner of the page, then the topic in all capital letters beside that.

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index

Every page is numbered and given a topic, then the topic and page number is logged in the index. It is a table of contents built as you go. I use highlighters to color-code some topics, which I will cover in the next post in this series.


There are basic modules: index and future, monthly, and daily logs.

The future log consists of monthly blocks were long-term events and tasks can be written. In this notebook, I only included the months through the end of this year in the future log.

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future log

The monthly log is set up at the beginning of each new month on the next available spread. Here is what my monthly logs look like:

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monthly log

I write the day of the week to the left of the date and draw in line dividers to visually separate the weeks. After all of the dated lines, I use the rest of the right-hand page for tasks and notes. Monthly overview pages are given the month name as the topic.

Each daily log is entered at the next available space. In this notebook, I can fit 3-4 short daily logs on each page.

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daily logs

The topic I use for daily logs is the shortened date, given as a range (the page in the photo above has the topic “Oct. 11-13”).


“Migration” is the final concept of the Bullet Journal system. It will make more sense explained through example. In my next post in this series, I will cover how I use my BuJo on a day-to-day basis.

 

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