Everything You Need to Know About Bullet Journaling

Jun 9, 2020 | Nest News

Bullet Journaling is a mindfulness practice created by Ryder Carroll, a designer based in New York.

In his words, a Bullet Journal is meant “to help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future.”

To get started, watch this five-minute explanation video and continue reading to find out how to implement a Bullet Journal into your routine.

You’ll need a pen or pencil, a journal, a highlighter, and a little creativity.

Rapid Logging flat lay desk

Although it’s far more common to work by a computer in the modern era, there are plenty of studies that identify the benefits of writing by hand.

A great way to take advantage of these benefits while avoiding the shortcomings of handwriting is through Rapid Logging, the language in which a Bullet Journal is written.

The goal is to organize information in bulleted lists.


organized pages in journal

Bullets, which are short-form sentences paired with symbols, help you visually categorize your entries into tasks, events, and notes.

For example, you can use the journal to track your daily yoga or meditation routine and plan sessions or log workouts by making note of exercises and reps to complete as well as any milestones you reach. Monthly bullets can be used for grocery shopping, bill payments, or occasional trips.

Tasks are represented by a simple dot (•) and can be altered to reflect the status of the task. Change the dot to an x to show that it’s been completed, a > to migrate it to your collection, a < to schedule it in a future log, or a strikethrough to mark it as irrelevant.

Events are logged with the open circle (O) bullet and are date-related entries that can be scheduled or included after they occur. Keeping your event entries short and objective will increase the likelihood you write them down.

Notes are designated with a dash (-) and include facts, ideas, thoughts, and observations. Simply put, they are best used to capture the information you don’t want to forget and work well for meetings, lectures, and classroom notes.

Tasks, events, and notes help you to quickly capture your thoughts as they occur throughout the day, placing more of an importance on getting them out of your head and onto a page than being in any particular order.

Signifiers help to give your entries context at a glance. An asterisk (*) can be used to mark the most important things on your list while an exclamation point (!) can denote great ideas, personal insights, or mantras.

Custom Collections coffe cup and bullet journal

A Bullet Journal is designed to become whatever you need it to be, a fitness tracker, food log, diary, sketchbook, or anything else your heart desires.

Designing custom collections can be aided by examining how you spend your time and energy and then sorting things into an efficient list.

For added mindfulness, use your journal to organize your thoughts to help you come up with new ideas or utilize it as a traditional diary by writing down personal events and stories.

Cannabis consumption tracking is another useful purpose allowing you to note product specifics, keep track of how and when you consume, how you feel after using certain PEACE NATURALS™ products types of products you consume, and more.

Master the practice by purchasing The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future book on Amazon and check out our Nest blog for more great content.


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