A Simple Tool For Organizing Your Life

By Debbe Geiger
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Cameron Ingles, 22, a financial planner in Cary, started bullet journaling after discovering it on Instagram a few months ago. A recent college graduate, Ingles missed having an agenda to keep her organized. She says her bullet journal is “for all the things that squirrel around in your head when you’re trying to go to sleep at night.”

The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

In an age when there’s an app for everything, pen and paper organizers are where it’s at.

We’re not talking fancy expensive planners, either. One of the most popular ways to organize your life starts with a simple blank notebook, and an equally simple system for keeping track of what you want to keep track of. It’s called the bullet journal.

The bullet journal is a calendar, a to-do list, a habit tracker; a place to write down your goals, plan a trip, budget your expenses, create meal plans, manage medical conditions, you name it. It can be as utilitarian or as creative as you want.

The analog design was created by Ryder Carroll, who, ironically, is a digital designer in Brooklyn, N.Y. Carroll’s concept relies on a simple process that is explained in detail on his website, bulletjournal.com.

Short lists allow you to keep track of tasks, events, appointments and notes. Symbols signify what type of item you are tracking. A dot “.” marks tasks, dashes “-” are for notes, stars “(ASTERISK)” for priorities, an open “o” for events, and arrows “>” if your task wasn’t completed and should be moved to another day.

To-do lists and notes can be tracked daily and monthly, while future logs let you plan for the months ahead. Thematic collections, such as planning an event, books you want to read or a wish list of clothes to buy, get their own pages.

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