The bullets are the foundations for the Bullet Journal method, and each person has their own system. Today, I’m sharing the bullet system I’ve been using and adapting since I started Bullet Journaling! Hopefully you can draw some inspiration and adapt what I’m doing to suit your own needs!
When determining my own bullet system, I know that the main things I value in a system are as follows. If you value these things too, this system might be great for you too!
- Adaptability to different situations (I actually use my bullet system in my school notes too!)
- Simplicity (I hate having to refer back to a complicated key, so I keep my system as simple to remember as possible)
- Accessibility by future me (In all the notes I take, I think it’s really important to make them archival so I can easily refer back to them at a later time)
Avoid Rewriting: Semi-migration
A big concern with preparing a new to-do list for every day is that you might end up unnecessarily re-writing those tasks you didn’t manage to complete and check-off the day before! And, while it is important to keep your to-do lists short (I like to stick to a maximum of 3 big, main tasks and a few minor ones or sub-tasks), we all sometimes bite off more than we can chew in a day. So, in order to avoid re-writing, what I do is simple:
When each day is over, I make a “daily” section for the next day like normal. However, during the day, I not only look at the tasks I have written down that I need to do TODAY, but I also double check if there are any “open” tasks from previous days that week!
When all the tasks have been checked from a day, I add a little signifier at the top where the date is so I know I don’t have to look at that date for tasks anymore.
When I start a new spread entirely (read: flip the page), I always just rewrite any tasks I hadn’t yet done from the previous pages so I don’t have to flip back to look at my “open” tasks from weeks and weeks ago.
Let me know in the comments below what you thought of my bullet system! Do you have a different kind of bullet category you like to use in your Bullet Journal? I’d love to hear it!