If you’re anything like us, you’re a perfectionist hidden behind a lazy face.(It’s not like you didn’t WANT to finish that report, you just accidentally forgot about it, Netflixed for four hours, and by then it was nap time. We get it.)
Earlier this month, we heard about something that could give our productivity juices a refill. Presenting…*drumroll please* BuJo! That’s short for Bullet Journaling.
Not just a fancy name, it is low key one of the most popular note-taking techniques that’s taken the world by storm. Don’t take our word for it; just do a quick search:
Now we don’t mean to exaggerate but it’s high-key addictive.
Once you get the hang of it, this method actually amps up your whole day and you get SO much more done. This makes you happy, your boss happy and even your spouse happy (yeah, even that). Really, everyone wins here.
Here’s a quick snapshot of how to do it, from the horse’s mouth. By horse, we mean Ryder Carroll, the man who invented it.
But the thing is, Bullet Journaling uses the most frustrating jargon on the internet planet. The procrastinator in you might just start jamming to that Bruno Mars tune because that stuff sounds crazy complicated.
But it really isn’t.
Which is why we decided to give you guys the easiest tutorial on Bullet Journaling.
Buckle-up, it’s BuJo time!
First things first, what is Bullet Journaling or BuJo?
Diary + To-Do list + Planner = Bullet Journaling
One of the first things you need for note-taking, is, well obviously a notebook. And it just so happened that we have the BESTEST possible notebook to try it on. That’s right, the Quikrite system. So we just grabbed the nearest journal book we found and got to work.
The thing about Bullet Journaling is there are a lot of big words that mean very simple things, so here’s a quick look at the BuJo lingo.
- Index – Table of contents.
- Future Log – A yearly to-do list to mark long-term goals.
- Monthly Log – A monthly to-do list for monthly goals.
- Daily Log – You guessed it, a daily to-do list for tasks you’d likely want to finish on that day.
- Collections – A list of things you’ve always wanted to do. Similar to a bucket list.
- Rapid Logging – Symbols that get stuff done.
The symbols are pretty basic too.
· = Tasks (Stuff to do)
- = Notes (Stuff to remember)
O = Events (Stuff to go to)
x = Done Tasks
__ = Strike off tasks that are irrelevant
> = Migrated Tasks (Tasks you didn’t complete and so you’ve moved it to the next day/month)
< = Scheduled Tasks (Tasks you didn’t complete and so you’ve moved it back to the future log)
Now that the technicalities are out of the way, let’s get to the actual thing. The best way to explain the whole process would be through Quikrite notebooks.
(Yay product placement points!)
Step 1 - Index
Use the first two pages of your master book to create the ‘Index.’ The index acts like a table of contents, which is why you’ll have to number every page in the journal to keep track of it in the index. But thankfully for you, Quikrite books are already numbered.
Step 2 - Future Log
The next four pages are going to be divided into three, to make your ‘Future Log’ which is nothing but a yearly calendar with long-term goals you hope to achieve in the year. Like, fly to Amalfi. Hope, being the operative word.
Step 3 - Monthly Log
The next step is to organize your ‘Monthly Log’ which is a list of the monthly goals you’d like to achieve. Usually, two pages are dedicated to each month. The key here is to remember you don’t have to have everything figured out. You can add the goals you remember, and the rest can be added as you recognize them.
That’s the Master stuff out of the way, let’s get to the deets.
The Daily Logs!
Grab a Quikfill for your everyday tasks. They work great because they’re compact, interchangeable and come in different formats. These will contain your daily logs, basically all the things you aim to complete on that day. It can also contain notes, observations or events that have occurred through the course of your day.
Once you’ve completed a task, you cross it. - X
If a task is really REALLY important, you star it. - *
If a task is no longer relevant, you slash it.
If you didn’t finish a task, but can do it next month, migrate it. >
That’s it. That’s the whole process.
Step 5 - Migration and Scheduling
Migration and Scheduling are an important part of BuJo because they leave room for us to make mistakes. As much as we can try, we are bound to miss out on a few tasks and that’s okay because it gives us the time to introspect.
‘Are these tasks important enough?’
‘Do they still matter to me?’
‘How will it help me?’
This is where Migration and Scheduling come to play. When a task is important enough to complete you usually migrate it. It works with tasks you’d want completed in the near future, like tomorrow, next week or even next month. This way you keep track of it and ensure it’s completed.
If the goal is more long-term and you’d need time to complete it, you would rather schedule it. These tasks could be scheduled in the Future Log so you are on par with your every goal.
Step 6 - Collections
Quikfills are also great for Collections, which are nothing but simpler bucket lists.
You could use the Goal format to tick off all that you’ve completed. The list of things doesn’t have to be major or over the top. It could be as simple as,
‘Shows you need to catch up on.’ Or ‘10 great excuses for being late to work’ .
Step 7 - Juuuust kidding there is no Step 7.
But there you have it, congratulations, you are now an expert on BuJo. Don’t overthink it, just go ahead and give it a shot.
And the best part?
Quikrite. It is literally the coolest book to keep you on top of everything. And we mean everything. It can be used for work, travel, goals, doodling, writing, name it and it can be done. And because of the interchangeable refills, you’ll never have to get rid of the journal. Just keep refilling the ones that are done and you’re good to go.
(Stationery addicts where you at!!)
Quikfills = Perfection.
The Quikfills are perfect for both your daily logs and your other interests. Because they come in nine different formats - Dot grid, Ruled, Plain, Coloured, Twin, Goal, Scan, Graph and To-do list at your disposal. No more confusion between Boss and Baby. You can pick a different Quikfill format for each of your interests. Maybe a graph format for your work life and the coloured one for your doodling. The possibilities are endless.
So that’s BuJo. On QuRi.
The world’s most popular note-taking technique, on the world’s most productive notebooks.
All that remains is for you to have a shot at it and suddenly become so much more awesome. Don’t forget to archive all your books in the rad Quikrite packaging box.
We promise with your story in there, your bookshelf is going to look even more lit.
And remember. DO TRY THIS AT HOME.
Check out more on BuJo here.