Hello and Good Morning! I have to start off by saying a huge THANK YOU (see what I did there? It’s huge, right?) for being here. This post marks my sixth month as I have now posted a blog post every week for six months. So again, thank you for being here and reading. You are awesome and amazing, and I appreciate that you are here reading.
OK! I hope you have had an amazing week. Last week, we talked about the six major features of my daily bullet journal page. Today, we are talking about the six major parts of the bullet journal (not including the daily page). We will examine how the bullet journal parts all work together. Finally, I will end by giving you some ideas of other types of optional pages you may want to include in your bullet journal.
1. The Index
The Index is very much like a Table of Contents. It’s the first couple of pages in a bullet journal. In my first bullet journal, I kept the first four pages for the Index, but I soon realized that was not necessary. I found that I only used each individual journal for a few months, and I didn’t fill more than two pages. I now keep the first two pages for my index.
Each time I add something new (such as a collection) to the bullet journal, I make note of it in the Index. I write down the name of the collection and the corresponding page number where it resides. That way I can easily find it if I ever need to go back and review the collection.
I’ve read that a lot of people don’t keep an Index. In the moment, it may not seem important, because you know where everything is in the journal. However, think ahead two years. A friend asks you a specific question about something, and you know you wrote notes on it in your bullet journal. After two years, you could have several journals, so you go through them and quickly scan the Index until you find the one you need. Then you go right to the page you need for the answer to your friend’s question. See? That’s just one example. You never know how the Index will help you in the future.
2. The Key
The Key to a bullet journal is like a key to a map. When you make entries in your journal, you will assign a mark in front of it that tells you immediately what kind of mark you made.
As with the Index, it may seem silly to some, because you are living in the now and you know about all your listed items. However, since you don’t know whether you will even be marking the same way in the future, it’s handy to keep the key as a reminder of how things were at the time.
3. The Year At a Glance
The Year At a Glance is basically just a bird’s eye view of the current year, January through December. You can see how the year is laid out in front of you.
I like to notate mine with pay days and company holidays. I note them by shading the dates in specific colors. You could also notate yours in the same way by highlighting birthdays, your country’s holidays, or other special dates.
4. The Future Log
The Future Log is an expanded view of each month 12 months out from the first month of the journal. For example, my current journal starts in April 2019, so my future log starts April 2019 and goes through March of 2020.
I write down all my appointments, meetings, events, and any tasks that I know I want to get done during those months. I keep notes of anything that I don’t want to forget in the future.
5. The Monthly Calendar
The Monthly Calendar is an expanded version of each month from the Future Log. When I set up each monthly calendar, I can take all my appointments, events, etc. from the Future Log and populate them into my Monthly Calendar. I typically add other notations like the company holidays, public holidays, and pay days also. Each month, I have a road map to how my month will unfold in that manner.
6. The Monthly Task List
The Monthly Task list is exactly as it sounds. It’s a list of all tasks I want to achieve during a given month. For me, I mainly put down all my big monthly chores I want to get done. Some people like to add items they have to get done at work or for their business, too. I have not included those items to date, but I have been considering that in the future.
How the Bullet Journal Parts Works Together
Now that we have talked about the six main part of the bullet journal (not including the daily page), let’s examine how they all work together. I will provide three examples from real life to demonstrate the flow and efficiency.
At Christmas time, my sister and I planned some vacation time together. As we were discussing the vacation time, I used my Year At a Glance page to determine dates. Once the dates were selected and agreed upon, I noted them in the Future Log.
Now that it’s written into the Future Log, all other appointments and items of note can be added in around that time period. When the time comes to create the monthly calendar, I will pull those dates from my Future Log and add them to the monthly calendar. As I prepare my task list for that month, I will take that vacation time into consideration.
I change my fridge filter every six months. When I’ve changed the filter, I note in my Future Log when it needs to be changed next. In this case, I need to change the filter this month, June. When I created my monthly calendar, I noted there are 5 weekends in June. I do most of my big monthly tasks during a weekend, so I have 5 different times to get that done and off my list. I add the task to my monthly task list. When the day arrives for me to complete this task, I will pull it off my monthly task list and add it to my daily page.
Similar to the task noted in Example #2, I pay specific bills on a quarterly basis. I note the due date for the bill on my Future Log, so that it stays on my radar. When I create my monthly financial page that includes income and expenses, I can add that expense onto my monthly page. I still get a bill in the mail for this, but since I have it there to look at regularly, it’s not a surprise when the bill arrives for payment.
There you have it! Those are just three examples of how to use all the different pages to your bullet journal. Since a bullet journal is like a planner that you customize for your own needs, you can see that there are limitless ways you can make your pages flow for your own efficiency.
Other Collection Ideas
As I stated in the previous section, the bullet journal is like a planner that you can customize for your own needs. It’s not just a planner though. It’s a complete organizational system for all your individual interests put into one notebook. Here I’ve compiled a list of other collection ideas:
- Shopping List
- Meal Planning
- Habit Tracker
- Project Planning
- Vacation Planning
- Mood Tracker
- Gratitude Log
- Saving Log
- Books Tracking
- Movie Tracking
- TV Series Tracking
- Doodle Page
- Favorite Quotes Page
- Pen/Marker Testing
- Weather Tracking
These are just some of the ideas I thought of randomly. Because it’s your journal, you can add any type of page you want!
I hope you find this week’s post helpful in creating and/or customizing your own bullet journal/planning system.
Question of the Week: If you keep a bullet journal or planning system, what unique feature or page do you include? Please answer in the comment section below.
I hope you all have an amazing week!
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