[Translate to English:] Buntes Bullet Journal und bunte Bürolocher und Tacker.

How to start a bullet journal 

It’s not easy to find the perfect diary. Some diaries have too little space under each day for writing your to-do lists. Whilst others do not provide enough room for writing notes or the layout is impractical. People who like to be individual and want to write their own to-do lists and appointments are sure to enjoy keeping a bullet journal. Never fear! You don't need any artistic flair. With a bullet journal, anything goes. From a simple calendar overview to intricate little works of art. You might find many of your office tools helpful. You could even use hole punches and staplers from Novus Dahle to help you design your own journal. You can design each page as you wish and create your very own personal organisation tool in notebook form. We will explain to you what a bullet journal is and how you can get started! 

What is a bullet journal?

 

A bullet journal is an organisation systemin the form of a notebook you write yourself, which you can adapt to suit your work and your everyday needs. The system has been developed and optimised over the years by Ryder Carroll, a Product Designer from New York. What makes a bullet journal particularly practical is that it can be a calendar, task list, sketch book, notebook and journalall in one. It’s not about doing it right or making it look good, it’s about using the developed system to organise your day productively.

What you need for the bullet journal:

  1. An empty notebook of your choice with good quality paper so that the ink doesn't show through
  2. Pen
  3. Ruler

You can choose whatever size of notebook you want to use. As well as squared and lined planners, dotted notebookscan also be used for bullet journals. The tiny dots are discreet but can be very useful for designing your journal using a ruler and pen. Page numbers are also important in the book you are using for your bullet journal. You can either write these in yourself or buy a notebook with page numbers in it already. 

[Translate to English:] Bullet Journal Kalenderübersicht mit Stift gestaltet

You are free to design your own bullet journal

The great thing about bullet journals is that you can design them however you want and this is exactly what you should do! Keeping a journal should be seen as a process, which you can adapt as you wish. Have you realised that you aren’t able to manage with the way the days are organised in your diary or you have too little space for notes? Then just adapt your overview for the days to come. We have put together plenty of sources of inspiration for you on Pinterest with various design ideasfor the individual pages. Take a look at our Bullet journal Pinterest board and be inspired!

 

The top 5 pages you should include in your bullet journal

1. Key 

Your key page is the first page in your bullet journal. This is where you note the symbols you use and their meaning. For example, a point stands for an item on your to-do list and a crossed-through point stands for a completed task. You could also define different colours here. Blue could be used for work tasks and green for jobs to do at home. Here too, you can design your key page according to your own requirements and use symbols that make sense to you.  

Examples of symbols to use

  • Filled in circle • = Task
  • Empty circle ○ = Appointment
  • Dash – = Note
  • Exclamation mark! = Important note or appointment

2. Index

The Indexcomes at the start of your journal. It helps you to find your notes, diary pages and other pages you use more easily. Add the Index page after your key page. To start with, just leave it empty and complete it later on when you add new pages to your journal. 

3. The Future Log 

The Future Log helps you to keep track of important dates throughout the year. This could be birthdays, for example, or important trade fairs or regular telephone calls with clients, for which the dates are already set. You could use the pages following your Index for your Future Log. Before drawing up your Future Log, you should work out how much space you will need for it. This will help you to design the pages as you require. For example, one month per page or three months on one page. This will depend on how many and which dates you want to enter.

4. The Monthly Log

After the Future Log, you will have an overview of the individual months. Write down the dates and days of the relevant month on the left-hand side of the double page. The opposite page is for your notes, where you can enter your important tasks and notes for the month.

5. The Daily Log

The Daily Log is inspired by pocket diaries. Here too, you can adapt the overview to suit you best. If you know that you always have a lot of tasks in your day, you should leave more space for the individual days in your weekly overview so that there's enough room for your appointments and tasks. If you only use your bullet journal for work, you can simply leave out Saturdays and Sundays. A combination of work and everyday life planning is also possible of course. For example, you could start by planning your working week and then use the following pages for planning your everyday tasks.

[Translate to English:] Bild wird an Notizbuch getackert, das als Bullet Journal gestaltet ist.

Design your own creative and individual bullet journal

Your bullet journal is not only an organisation tool for minimalists, it can also be a playground for creativity and collecting practical ideas. Your bullet journal is not only a practical organisation tool for minimalists, it can also be a playground for creativity and collecting practical ideas.

You could, for example, use the colourful Novus staplers from the new COLOR ID range of office equipment to staple interesting postcards, flyers or nice pictures into your journal. The high-quality Novus office hole punch from the same range will also help you to maintain an overview. You could punch a hole into the corner of pages you want to mark as ticked off. This will help you see straight away which pages are not longer relevant. A bullet journal combined with the colourful COLOR ID range, including hole punches, staplers, scissors and cutting machines, will bring creativity and a good mood to your everyday life. Read more about the new COLOR ID range with its modern colours Happy Pink, Funny Orange and many more besides. 

 

When writing in your bullet journal, make sure you use high-quality pens that will not show through the pages. Pens like the Slider Memo ballpoint pen from Schneider are particularly suitable.These dry quickly and will not smudge when the text is highlighted afterwards using a highlighter pen.

Design your own bullet journal for more efficiency and organisation in your day-to-day life. You can find more useful tips on office life in our online magazine. Be inspired