RED Hearts: The Bullet Journal

bullet-journalRED Hearts are guest posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. If you're serious about getting organized, Lisa Chau, 26, in Pompano Beach, Florida, has the solution for you:

I am obsessed with making lists. I make all sorts of them, from daily to-do’s to my top five spirit animals (sloth, penguin, cat, otter, and sea cucumber, in case you’re wondering). But lists can get out of hand pretty quickly. My super important thoughts were often written on crumbled scraps of napkin in my purse. I’ve basically tried every organizational approach ever created. But I still couldn’t customize the way I wanted.

Then I discovered the Bullet Journal, which is hands-down the best system to keep track of all your daily endeavors, all in one place. I’m not kidding, I’ve told everyone and their mothers about it. Greatest thing about Bullet? All you need is a pen and a notebook.

Here are the basics: You begin by indexing topics at the beginning of your journal, much like a table of contents in a book. Then you add as you go. These can be anything your little heart desires -- exotic foods to try, karate moves to learn, or just a classic monthly calendar.

Bullet Journal offers clear, simple icons to represent certain types of entries: checkboxes for tasks, bullets for thoughts and ideas, and circles for events. At the end of each month, you just consolidate the things you haven’t completed and carry them over to the next month.

I’m strictly a black Sharpie and large-squared Moleskine notebook kind of girl. I like to keep track of general things, like how much I exercise or when I got sick. I also like documenting events that are fun to read later, like, “Lost my stun gun at the beach” or “Got 12 mosquito bites on my foot.”

Regardless of how you decide to set up your Bullet Journal, as long as you follow the basic strategy -- dump and consolidate -- you’ll always have a record of what you’ve done in the past and the awesome things you’re going to do in the future.


RED Hearts guest poster Lisa Chau is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is out in paperback.