How To Bullet Journal in 4 Easy Steps

How To Bullet Journal in 4 Easy Steps

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How To Bullet Journal – Intent Is Everything

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll should be your number one go-to journaling method. Why’s that? Besides being a worldwide journal phenomenon the Bullet Journal, or BuJo, has helped set the pace for better organization accessories across the world. Learning how to bullet journal is a must for incorporating personal development principles into your daily routine. By structuring the components around “track[ing] the past, order[ing] the present, and design[ing] the future”, BuJo is more than unique. It is tailored to your life and is rewarding in the process. Learning how to bullet journal starts with the basics.

What is a Bullet Journal?

It’s part organization system and part To-Do list. It combines a core structure of intent and revision to make a personal development tool. Each of these pieces interlocks to create a system that is more effective and meaningful than most everyday journals. But before understanding why it’s effective, what are each of those parts?

How to Bullet Journal

Now to break down each of these four steps, ready? The four parts of the BuJo make up both its simplicity and its effectiveness.

Part One: The Index

Usually, when I think of writing down my day, I certainly don’t think of making an index alongside it. But, that is exactly what the BuJo method wants you to do. So why include an index before my daily records? Simply put, because this isn’t a traditional journal but instead a collection of my life. Typically, I would write down what I have to do and what I have accomplished. But, the BuJo Method wants me to understand why everything happened the way it did. The Index allows me not only to organize my information but also prime it for later understanding. As well, the Index removes the need to search around our notebooks. So, the Index accomplishes two main goals: keeping things ordered and keeping them contained. The Index ties down all the loose ends and makes something that is much more usable five years from now.

Part Two: The Future Log

How do you create your future log? Take your list of known To-Do’s and apply them to a calendar. The Future Log places emphasis on what’s to come and does so in a concise outline. Since there isn’t a yearly log, this becomes the skeleton for that section, but it’s much better to just imagine it as a list of what’s to come. This patches up the need for a yearly log and makes for a more clean-cut journal.

Part Three: The Monthly Log

This is your snapshot for the month. It’s where you’ll return throughout the day to keep important tasks in check and make sure you’re always planning with intent. The reason this differs from your average monthly calendar is how it is organized. First, the Monthly Log is split up into two sections: the Month at a glance page and the list of major To-Do’s. The first half is a tiny Future Log. The second half can be thought of as a Task Collection or Goal Collection page.

F.Y.I. – Collections are pages dedicated to specific purposes. A Goal Collection is one that lists out, focuses on, and breaks down your goals. Collections are the part of the journal that you can customize and tailor to your needs.

Part Four: The Daily Log

This is your bread and butter. (Don’t mind the cliche) The Daily Log is how to quickly scratch down all your thoughts. It is how you will organize what happens throughout the day and what you plan to accomplish. Using a few key symbols:

How To Bullet Journal in 4 Easy Steps

With all of these moving parts, you set-up a system that runs efficiently and most importantly with intent.

Why Intent Matters

The purpose of the structuring, labeling, and categorizing is to add intent into your journal. Intent allows you to stay focused, to streamline priorities, and to better organize, well, you. Intent is the backbone of the BuJo Method and why it is so effective. Adding intent makes for a more mindful life and one that you can better control. This allows for improved personal development and a stronger sense of “why?”.

Adding Personal Development

When you’re able to combine intent and a productivity tracker into one, you allow for great progress to be made. The BuJo Method does this so well, it makes intent a necessary part of the process. Just like in Motivation and Mindfulness, having intent or being mindful helps you better realize your priorities. It helps you pick up on the important pieces sprinkled throughout your day-to-day. Intent is often left out of the process and because of that so many systems fail to keep our dedication. The BuJo Method attacks this problem directly and seamlessly integrates the benefits of a more directed mindset.


One of the main reasons why the Bullet Journal has changed the game and become such a talked about journal is due to how customizable it is. There is a massive collection of journal guides and entertaining takes on the internet. Merely searching up the #bulletjournal will give you plenty of results and examples.

As Always…

Thanks for reading, I hope I was able to keep you interested throughout! If you enjoyed this content and are interested in more bullet journal techniques, check out their website here. Or buy the book here!

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