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A guide to bullet journalling your way out of a chaotic life

Everything you need to know about the new system of decluttering your life that is taking over the world, one bullet point at a time

brunch Updated: Oct 29, 2016 18:42 IST
Zehra Kazmi
The brainchild of Brooklyn-based designer, Ryder Carroll, a bullet journal is all your post-it and phone reminders, to-do lists, tracking apps and Google calendar rolled into one ninja of an organising technique.
The brainchild of Brooklyn-based designer, Ryder Carroll, a bullet journal is all your post-it and phone reminders, to-do lists, tracking apps and Google calendar rolled into one ninja of an organising technique.(Instagram)

Everything you need to know about the new system of decluttering your life that is taking over the world, one bullet point at a time

Amid the food and fashion posts, citizens of Instagram-ville may have spotted a new trend on their favourite social media site: Bullet Journalling.

The brainchild of Brooklyn-based designer, Ryder Carroll, a bullet journal is all your post-it and phone reminders, to-do lists, tracking apps and Google calendar rolled into one ninja of an organising technique. #Bulletjournaljunkies swear that this is one system which can change your life.

So let’s channel our  inner Monica Gellar and get started.

What do you need?

A physical journal, for starters. The beauty of #BuJo is that it takes you back to pen and paper. An apt choice would be a journal which is handy enough to carry around, but not too small and comes with unlined or dotted pages that you can play with. Aside from this, all you need is one pen (or a mini-army of coloured pens, liners and markers) and some inspiration.

How to get started?

You can follow the official Bullet Journal site or an entire bouquet of Instagrammers. You will be ‘rapid logging’: putting down short bullet points for any events, tasks, notes and then checking them off as you complete them.  

Start by creating an Index page for reference or you will run the risk of never finding anything. Then create a daily log for day-to-day events. The key is to split a project down into doable tasks. Let’s be clear: ‘Throw successful Diwali dinner’ is a life ambition. Buying food items and paper plates, cleaning house till Snow White’s Evil Queen can see her face on every surface, creating a dhinchak playlist, sending invites – these are the actual tasks that the party of your dreams is made up of.

What else can I track?

Apart from the daily logs, you can literally plan your future in one A5 notebook! A monthly log, which gives you an inkling of what the next 30 days look like. Habit trackers – what time you sleep and wake up, whether you are sticking to your exercise schedule, how many books you read in a month. You can also track progress on long-term projects (such as, how far you and your cat have succeeded towards your worthy project of world domination).

How do I design my Bullet Journal?

Well, the deeper you dig into Instagram, the more impossibly-beautiful, insecurity-inducing Bullet Journals you will stumble upon, with doodles and artwork and colour. Rein in your imagination and start with simple, neat layouts. Scribble a layout on paper, then copy it out for days and months. And update every day.

Why do I need it?

Because your life is a cluttered mess. TML (thank me later)!

From HT Brunch, October 30, 2016

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