For those of you who are not in complex planning, who doesn’t have time to decorate and always misses a day or a week in your planners, I highly think Bullet Journaling suits you. I am so excited to write about this because this is out of my comfort zone hence I will not make a long introduction.

What is Bullet Journaling?

BuJo abbreviation for Bullet Journal is an analog system that looks boring at a glance. However, it is one of the most beautiful journaling systems we have, with that being said I would love to replace the word boring into simple.

It’s organized and systematize way of journaling is what draws people into doing it. Like me for example, I am into decorating, stamping and all my planners but there’s seems to be something missing. Like I have this tabs for monthly, weekly, blogs, notes etc but somehow it feels like I need something else.

Since BuJo is an analog system, it works well with our brain. Though our brain is neither digital nor analog, it perfectly works by using signal process, or in my world, I call them bullets or signs that we can familiarize ourselves with.

Four Components of BuJo.

Bujo has four parts: Index (the backbone), Collections, Rapid-logging, and Migration.

Index Page

This is the backbone of your BuJo, this is where you can see the overview of your journal, where you can locate your entries.  In other words, Index needs to be placed on the first page of your journal. Still confused? Okay, it’s like the table of contents you normally see in a book.

Collection Page

You can basically put anything in this category, but there are three main parts and they are: Future Log, Monthly Log, and Daily Log.

Future Log – Simple to understand, this is where you’re going to put your future or upcoming events.

Monthly Log – Here you will put your  calendar and task page. The calendar on the left and task or to-do’s on the right or whichever works for you. On the calendar part, this is where you will write your month’s events, reminders etc. While on the opposite side, your task page, this is where you will write down your to-do for the whole month.

Daily Log – (For me) the most important part of BuJo. This is where you will write down your daily experiences or highlights of the day IN LOG FORM. Remember it’s a daily LOG, yes I have to capitalize that one, and you do not need to put a whole paragraph here, just a simple one liner, direct to the point of what happened to your day.

Okay but do not be limited to this three, as mentioned above, you can put anything on this page, recipe, drawing, your brain dump corner, anything under the sun. To make it simple, whatever you put after the Index Page is going to be categorized as your Collection Page.

Rapid-Logging Page

In the website of Bullet Journal it says there that there are four components for this area, these are the Topics, Page Numbers, Short Sentence and Bullets. To sum it all, it can only be in two main parts: Bullets and Signifiers. Hang in there mate, I know this may be “shocking” but trust me it’s just a jargon, so calm down grasshopper, calm down.

Bullets – Has three parts (yes again there’s partition, hang in there loves! Hang in there!!!) Task, Events, and Notes.

  • Task – is determined by a dot which will turn into completed with X symbol, migrated with > symbol or scheduled with <. So it goes like this:
  •  Make article for MTS  

Let’s say I’ve completed the task, it will look like this now:

X Make article for MTS

Basically, you just replaced the dot as you go along.

  • Events – determined by a circle O. This can be scheduled or you can put this after the event since it is date-related topics.
  • Notes – determined by a dash -. You will use this for your light bulb moments, meetings or anything you don’t want to lose track of.

Signifiers – These are symbols you make for your entries. With the help of signifiers, you can easily catch what you are looking for at a glance, such as priorities, to buy, do not forget etc. Here are some examples:

  • ! Priority

        ∆ Do not forget

        ≠ Happy Mail

The key to using signifiers is to not over do them. Limit yours to 3 or maximum 5 at least, because the main goal of BuJo is keeping you organized and simple at the same time.

Migration Page

As described in the BuJo website, this is the cornerstone of your journaling. Here you will filter what’s left of your month before you start your second. You need to decide whether that untouched bullet is worth keeping or not, if not, you need to cross it out, wipe it out completely from your journal.

If you decided to continue it then migrate it to the second month OR you can put it in your Future Log if you think you won’t be able to do the task yet.  So basically you only do this part during your month end, before you start your next.

Are you ready to BuJo?

Now that we have tackled everything in the BuJo system, do you think you would be able to start it with me? YES SIREE! You are not alone, we will do this together and to be honest, I am a tad bit taken aback because I might not do it right or I might totally love this and abandoned my planning or the worst, I might ADD this to my planning routine.

As the creator of Bullet Journal said this routine can “help you track the past, organize the present and plan for the future”.






Published by Ferry Ko