Have You Heard of the Bullet Journal?

The “Bullet Journal” has become the new planner, life organizer, list-maker and journal all mashed up into a Pinterest-worthy personal book. A bullet journal is an analog system of structure that instead of lined or blank sheets of paper, the page is composed of rows and columns of “dots” — leaving the space open and available for creative juices to flow.

Ryder Carroll, the inventor of the bullet journal, claims that “you learn how to get rid of things that are distracting you and add things you care about.” In turn, his “invention” essentially boils down to helping you lead a more productive and meaningful life.

At first glance, this journal looks odd, what could you do with pages full of perfectly symmetrical dots anyways? The YouTube video “How to Bullet Journal” has over 10 million views. In the past two years, Bullet journaling has transformed the art of planning for “planners” and “organizers” of all types. These simple, dotted pages have revolutionized the way we visually construct our weeks, days, thoughts, and mind.

#Bujo on Instagram is “trending” full of more than 3 million spreads that inspire others to lay out their lives in a way that perpetuates a balance of obligation and pleasure. At this point, it’s fair to call the creators of these inspiring pages “artists.” The jump into using this system of management may seem intimidating after scrolling through colorful, detailed, thoughtful pages of unique spreads.

Ryder Carroll suggests the following four sections in each bullet journal, in order to optimize its potential. These sections include an index and/or table of contents, a “future log” that includes a full year at-a-glance, a monthly log which includes a full page spread that outlines the upcoming 30 days, and a daily/weekly that includes day-to-day to-do lists. Of course, it is up to the author/artist to embrace the value of creating a meaningful personal tool.

Journalers who fill trending #Bujo pages often include things like the week’s weather, gratitude, goals, home-improvement ideas, and self-care agendas.