Bullet Journal 101

You’re probably wondering what this is. Or you already know about this, and you’re checking out my version of it.

So, I’ll get to it directly. Stating the obvious, the Bullet journal, is a Journal, but better than “a journal”. Typically, a Journal is defined as  “a daily record of news and events of a personal nature or a diary.”, but a bullet journal, is a journal that does more than that. It helps you organise your events, tasks, and appointments, very well with your own personal touch.

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a weekly spread(left) and a monthly log (right)

A bullet journal is something that you can personalise to your will, but there are some ground rules to it, though, it’s your wish to break them, again, ’cause rule breaking is fun, isn’t it?

Typically, a ‘BuJo’ consists of:

  • An Index
  • A Future Log
  • A Monthly Log
  • A Weekly Log
  • A Daily Log.
  • Trackers
  • Quotes

I’ve been Bullet Journaling for about a year. Looking, at the idea, I immediately fell in love with its concept. I’m a typical teenager with mood swings, so I can get super organised, or super disorganised in the blink of an eye. BuJoing has certainly helped me be organised, and seeing other people’s ideas and sharing, everything about it was fun.

You’re probably super confused about all the ‘logs’. Allow me to break it down.

Firstly, you have to pick a notebook. Any notebook would do. Literally, any notebook would do. Some preferences you might want to look at are:

  • At least about 200 pages
  • A Dotted/ squared notebook. (I really wouldn’t recommend a ruled one, but again it’s your notebook, so your say.)
  • Typically, people would use the Leuchtturm1917, or the RhodiaWebNotebook of A5 paper, but seriously, just any notebook that you’re comfortable with would do.
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2018’s Bullet journal.

For 2017’s I used an unruled notebook of about 300 pages. For one thing, do not use a diary. Like, I’ve seen people use it, and see then get frustrated and stop midway, so it’s not a great idea.

Moving on, open your notebook and smell that ish. Aah, the smell of a new book. Now grab a pen and write your name on the first page. and some extra details of your own. For example, I wrote a poem of Noor Unnahar’s that tells me how much potential I contain. Then, you will need to write your ‘Key’. This will be a set of symbols, which you will be using for your journal.

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Now, skip about two pages (this’ll be your index) and gear up for some real art work. Grab some markers and welcome 2018. ‘Hello 2018’ or your ‘Goals’ or some inspiring stuff like ‘The year of Shash’ (get the ‘The Middle’ reference ;)).

 

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2018’s welcoming.;)

After this is done, you do the future log. The future log, is for making a note of your future events and appointments. Sketch out the calendar for the year, and mark  birthdays, and other upcoming events, as they come by.

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Now, for the index. Start marking page numbers , at the right bottom corner. Start page one from the future log. and go on. You will need to mark it with your hand or get a book that already has page numbers.

After the future log, get started with your monthly log. your monthly log consists of, a spread of the month, where you can note down events, for the following month.

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monthly log

Next, comes your weekly log. Your weekly log is an overview of the week. Here, you can merge your daily and weekly log, allowing you note down your tasks as well as events, for the day, and also review your week.

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a weekly spread(left) and a monthly log (right)
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a daily log I tried, it went quite well, and helped in better organisation

I only use the merged version of weekly/ daily log, because I generally don’t have a very elaborate day, but if you’re a busy person, you might wanna consider using the daily log to plan better .

Then, come the trackers, Your trackers can be to track literally anything. Habit tracker, Water Consumption tracker, Spend tracker, Books you’ve read, Movies you’ve watched/ wanna watch.  You can draw out these trackers next to your weekly log, or monthly log or track on a daily basis too.

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a study tracker I made.

Trackers are a great way to become more organised. You can add inspirational quotes, poems, or even some thoughts and feelings of your own. I sometimes write my own poems in my BuJo, like this one below.

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So, that’s all I got. Remember, this is your journal and feel free to doodle, paint, brush letter or do it the neat scheduled way, just give it your personalised touch. Also, if you did try out the BuJo, you can share how it went with me 🙂

Pro Tip: If you wanna share how your BuJo went, to all, you might wanna consider sharing it on you social media, especially Instagram, where you get to see other people’s works too. You can also find mine!

 

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My twin who’s taller than me.

Okay, so this blog is inspired by bhanavcom.wordpress.com

And yes, Shruti, this blog is about you. The first time I probably met Shruti, we weren’t on very good terms. I met her first in fifth grade.

In fifth grade, I was the boss. I mean, I don’t know why, but I felt like that. So one day, a few people introduced me to Shruti, and I was like “Hey there, you’re quite tall.” Okay, probably I didn’t say that exactly, but at least that’s what occurred to me.

I was this kid who was just the right height for my fifth grade, and then Shruti came hopping along, leaving me doubting her age. In fifth grade, she kinda looked like eighth grade.

So yep, now me, Shruti, Pranavi (the longest BFF I’ve ever had) and Vaishnavi, one more nerd from the other classes sat together. We struck upon this awesome idea and named our group “Fantastic Four.” One more odd thing I noticed was, all our names ended with the letter “I”.

So we measured papers and wrote “Fantastic Four” in beautiful handwriting and stuck them to the back of our ID cards. Okay, I remember quite well, this actually turned into a trend in my school later. All the boys seemed to like this idea very much, and then they stuck papers that said stuff like ‘Ninja Boys’, ‘We are the second One Direction’, and all those stuff.  (Now you see why I felt like a boss. My ideas were appreciated maybe a little too much….I’m actually LMAO now.)

And then, you see Shruti and Vaishnavi didn’t like each other very much. This became a problem. Well, they fought a lot, shooting out mean comments at each other. And I eventually intervened, calming them down and I ended up getting in fight too..LOL

And then, I was praying, to not be in the same class as Shruti. Well, Murphy’s law decided to kick in and we were in the same class. HAHAHAHA. We fought like hell. Nope. We were hell. To the other students. Guess what?? Shruti and me were in the same group as well for our group projects, and we both were leaders for the group. It’s best to imagine the rest.

One of our teachers, actually said this. “Shruti and Shashvathi don’t get on very well, do they??” And well, you see we didn’t actually like that comment very much. So we were like “Nope, we are actually really alike, that actually causes a lot of brawling between us.”

Which was actually the truth. We were extremely alike. We shared interests in every damn thing. Music, literature, books, writing, poetry, and what not? Name it, and we’d be like, yup, I like that. And then we’d give each other the death stare. And then we’d be like ” You too?” and burst out laughing.

Okay, about music. Music is our bae. We love music. We actually share songs in school. We also sing them, when we’re bored. Yup, I remember one incident when we were singing one of our favourite pop songs, and this dude, who was our friend, was like “Ma’am, two people are singing some horrible English songs out there.” I still laugh for that joke.

Okay, both of us go to classical music classes. And we the pitch in music  is called “Shruthi”. I remember this one time, when she was like “My teacher was like what’s wrong with Shruthi, (something was wrong with the pitch) and I was like nothing’s wrong with me.”( It’s okay, if you didn’t get the joke)Well, I love her sense of humor. I love mine too. We are sass queens. We sass people off like hell. Sometimes, we sass each other out.

Shruti’s favourite buzzwords (which eventually turn out to be mine too.)

“DUH.”

“Dude, shut up”

“What an asshole!”

“Hole”

“LOL”

Teacher: What are whole numbers?

Me& Shruti: *muffled giggles* (actually me and Shruti have an internal joke about ‘holes’)

*laughing until you cry*

*slaps thighs*

“Wow, sooo funny.” *whispers to me* “Is that even a joke?”

*Sass*

*Sarcasm*

Okay, now I have to get moving, she’s coming over!!!