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The hype is real and everyone is low-key obsessed with it! Everywhere you look—Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter­­—people have been talking about this so-called bullet journal. We hear you: What is this even? How does a bullet journal work? Does it really work? Well, Allow us to take you point by point.


1. What is a bullet journal? It’s a planner, a to-do list and a diary rolled into one.

2. Why do you need one? Bullet journal tries to help you keep track of all the things that are going on in your life. It also makes it easy for you to set goals.

3. Where can you buy one? Nope. You make one. All you need is a journal, pen or if you are ~artsy~ enough, you can also use your favorite scrapbooking materials and then voila! You can now make your own bullet journal.

4. What’s with all the complaints about complication? Things just get complicated because of the terminologies used for bullet journal system. Let us simplify:

  • index: the table of contents of your journal, preferably found in the front of the book/beginning of your journal
  • daily log: all the things you need to accomplish for the day
  • monthly log: a calendar with the things you need to do for the month + the things you forgot to do on the previous month (it’s okay to forgot some things, we understand)
  • future log: this is where you can put your long-term goals
  • rapid logging: it is taking quick notes on any number of things, and then marking them with symbols/bullets to easily categorize and track them. For instance: > could be things to do, + events to go to, — notes and observations and so on.

5. What makes it so great? Bullet journals allow brain farts in that you simply only have to jot down a laundry list of stuff; it requires no melodramatic “dear diary” tirade here. And because it’s DIY, you can add a whole lot of other kinds of logs: a gratitude log, a workout tracker, your meal plan, an expense tracker, and so it goes. Bullet journals will work miracles in helping you reach your goals and establish better habits.

6. Whose paandar is this? It’s a brain child of Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer living in New York who has all rights of the bullet journal—aka BullJo—reserved.

Now that you all know the basics, are you ready to get started with your bullet journal? 2017 has just started, let’s give it a shot!

Illustration: Madel Crudo


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