How to Bullet Journal

How to Bullet Journal

We keep track of things The things we’ve done The things we need to do The things we aspire to Theres a lot to keep track of There are plenty of apps for that, but I needed a system flexible enough to handle
whatever I threw at it. and fast enough so that it wouldn’t get in
the way Hi, I’m Ryder and this a brief updated overview
of the Bullet Journal It’s an analog system that I designed to track
the past organize the present and plan for the future Sound good? Okay, let me show you how to set it up. Though this overview features a custom notebook
design for Bulletjournaling… …the system works just as well in the notebook
of your choice. To get started, flip to your first blank spread This will be your index To set it up, simply title both pages as “Index” Now, let’s set up your Future Log To set it up, turn to the next blank spread Title both pages as “Future Log” There are many ways to set this up Here’s a simple six-month version. Count the amount of lines on your page. Now divide that number by three. With a ruler, draw a line across the spread. Add the months to each box. When you’re done, add the page numbers and
add the Future Log back into your index Ok, turn to your next blank spread This will be your monthly log. Add the name of the month on both pages. The left will be your Monthly Calendar. Write down all the dates of the month, then
add the first letter of the days. Okay, that’s the calendar. The right page is your monthly task list. Write down all the things you need to get
done this month. Before each task, draw a task bullet, which
is just a simple dot. Add the pages numbers, then add this month
back into your Index. The Monthly Log provides you with a birds-eye
view of everything you need to get done in a month, and the time you have to do it in. Okay, lets set up your Daily Log. Start by entering the day date. Now you can start adding entries. Entries are logged using short, bulleted sentences. Each entry goes into one of three categories:
tasks -indicated by a dot bullet. Events – indicated by a circle bullet, and Notes, indicated by
the dash bullet. If a task is really important, place a start
to left of it. This is known as a Signifier. Signifiers add extra meaning to bullets, in
this case, priority. This is known as Rapid Logging. It makes capturing and
organizing information really fast. Now we’ve set up all the core modules for
the Bullet Journal. The Index The Future Log The Monthly Log and the Daily Log Now I’ll show you how they all work together. At the end of each month, set up
your next Monthly Log. Scan your Daily Logs for open tasks. X out the ones you’ve completed. Now, take a moment and assess the remaining
open tasks. Ask yourself: is this still worth my time? If it’s not, strike it out. If it is worth you time in the short term,
turn that entrie’s task dot into a right arrow and copy the entries into the new monthly
log. If a task is due months from now, turn the
task dot into a left arrow and copy that entry into the corresponding month in the Future
Log. This process in known as Migration. Migration will help you weed out distractions. It’s designed to help you focus on things
worth your time. the difference between being busy and being
productive. Sometimes you’ll have related tasks and notes. To help organize related items, lets create
a collection. First, go to your next blank page. Give it a topic and number the pages. Now migrate all the notes and/or tasks into
that Collection. Now index that collection for reference later. Collections are a great way to organize shopping
lists, or ongoing projects, or classes. Ok! That’s it for the basic overview. For more tips and tricks, please visit Please like and subscribe to this channel. Thanks for watching!

100 comments on “How to Bullet Journal

  1. maverator Post author

    Get haircut, walk dog, find meaning in life, transform my existence. These simple tasks seem perfect for a system like this.

  2. Vanessa Asiyah Post author

    This is so simple – ironically this simple system has turned into an art project that requires hours of drawing and labelling, spending hundreds of dollars/pounds on washi tape and hundreds of hours watching videos that teach you how to draw. Using this video as a reminder of why I got into this in the first place – simple planning.

  3. Marsiela Jones Post author

    So bullet journaling is more about planning , time management and be organized. Bullet journaling is not for writing about your day or feelings or writing a detailed review about what when on that day. Bullet journaling is used more for accomplishing tasks and staying on top of things so you don’t slip and or lost track of what’s going on in your life right ? I’m correct right ?

  4. Bukan Vanessa Angel Post author

    Time spent learning and making a BuJo: 99%
    Time spent writing down your stuff on a BuJo: 1%

  5. Jackie Rose Post author

    So excited to try this! Setting my first bullet journal up now. I'm a little confused but will be pausing and listening as I need. Thank you for being so clear!

  6. Starcruiser75r Post author

    Thank you so very much for this. Since my smartphone broke I decided I was never going to trust everything to a phone again. This really is the answer to having an analogue way of organizing.

  7. Calvin Berast Post author

    I love this, love it. Even pages go on the Left, Odd pages go on the Right (look in any book) but this is so great. My journal is so messy but it changed my life.

  8. منوعات بدون سيئات Post author

    Do you want to be happy?
    Happiness reasons is HERE:

  9. The House of Fitness Post author

    I bought a bullet journal. I think I'm going to set mine up differently. I just need to know what to do each month to get the ball rolling. I think I'm just going to make boxes for the different months and create a bullet list of what I need to get done. That way I save pages and I can use my journal longer.

  10. Steven Bowser Post author

    How on Earth is this easy or simple at all. The moment you started by not taking notes, I knew it was impractical and pointless.

    I can't imagine organizing notes into dates and indexing. To me that is totally ridiculous. Just start writing what you need to remember in bullets. There.

  11. Sinan Ozdemir Post author

    Actually if you can put a video about your using style, i would be very appreciated because i want to start bullet journaling but i dont know how ? I need more live example . Thanks for all hard work 🙂

  12. ellsworth Post author

    I really like this video, and this guy, and this bullet journal concept…
    — The journal, because it's simple and streamlined and doesn't get in the way of itself AND incredibly flexible and malleable.
    — Ryder, the presenter, because he is straight forward, to the point, easy to understand, not at all pretentious.
    — The video: @ t=1:09 when Ryder creates the 6 months of future log, he begins with May, but then ten seconds later when he makes his first monthly log page, he steps back to April. Then, when he's migrating uncompleted tasks to the next month, he puts a 'right arrow' next to "SEND OUT TAXES" (t=3:09), presumably with intention to move that to May (he'll be late, but organized). AND he doesn't mind making a mistake and then scratching it out (t=3:14). In other words, all very real, all familiar, not slick & polished. I'm pretty darn sure his bullet journal, at the end of the six months, is full of scratched out 'changed my mind' bits. As is mine.

  13. Cassie W Post author

    To be honest. I don’t want to try this until I have the exact pen he has. That pen is smoooth!!

  14. Michelle Downie Post author

    lmao i love everyone complaining how it wouldn't work for them. if this exact method thats shown doesn't work for you then use your own? thats what bullet journaling is all about, do what works for you and use it the way you need it and don't complain when others use their bullet journal the way it works better for them🙄🤦🏻‍♀️

  15. A. Gomez Post author

    Waiting for a 'for dummies version'….and I can't read what you are writing…so tiny…

  16. a chill study Post author

    I remember watching this video when I was just started out with bullet journaling. I love coming back to this once in a while c:

  17. Jennifer Grove Post author

    2:06 I'll prolly regret this later, but this is my first Bujo, so… pfffffft. I'm going to make a page filled with the symbols and meanings. I'll prolly add some of my own. I'll also add a list of pens so I can keep track of which pens work the best. [added as I'm creating mine: the asterisk with a circle around it = URGENT! That's different than important.]

    I just bot the Exceed A5 100gsm dot book. As of yesterday they just improved the quality of their paper so it's now better than most of the others for less than half the price. A Bujoer helped that company fix their product.

    Thank you for your Awesome!

  18. danang pamungkas Post author

    His journal like super effective sniper clean.. mine is more like ak45 goes full rampage

  19. Michelle Martin Colman Post author

    WOW. "……take a careful look…consider if something is worth your time. If not, cross it out.". Ryder—you crossed out : SEND A THANK YOU CARD. that says alot about you doesn't it? And although that may be who YOU are, please remove that as an example, because I work in a field where civility matters, and thank you notes can save a life.

  20. RiceDork Post author

    This has helped me A LOT as a person with ADHD. Sure, I do forget about it sometimes and I'm still working on trying to be a bit more consistent with it,
    but it does help with my overall productivity and ability to remember important things, To-Do lists, ideas and brain farts.
    It gives me somewhere to drop things into at any point in the day that is organized enough for my brain to not have to think about too much.
    Side note: I realized how small your handwriting is compared to mine. I can't seem to fit those boxes with my cursive handwriting,
    I occupy more space so it doesn't look like a squiggly mess lol.

  21. Grecia Guevara Zavaleta Post author

    No entiendo, en el registro diario coloco lo que debo hacer en el día, o también lo que debo hacer para otros días, tipo, mañana tengo un examen, en el día de hoy coloco, examen de mañana, o espero a mañana para colocar: examen :v

  22. greektownchicago Post author

    Dude, you really confused me in your book. Like not a happy camper right now….I wanted to start creating one but all of a sudden after KEY CONCEPTS there's all these pages on "syntax", page topics, rapid journal ling. I'm like where do these fit into the larger structure of the book???

    I don't understand how much of this I'm supposed to remember and now I don't know what to write cause I haven't gotten past the index page, cause you haven't shown me how to do the other pages. It's all about detailed descriptions of style but no guidance on the structure. The Future log, how is that different than the monthly log, and the daily, log how does the STRUCTURE of the book interact before you start lecturing me on how to write sufficiently. "Pages need topics" What!! ! I just want to start trying to wrap my head around monthly, future logs, daily logs without writing the same thing in each one and having a journal full of redundancy. Are page topics the same as collections?? (they sound like it but you don't call them that!!!). ARRGGHHH. So frustrated, feel like wasted a Saturday trying to start a journal. Not impressed I actually paid money for you book.

  23. greektownchicago Post author

    On way to to give this a bad review. Yes, that is my attempt at a threat.

  24. najyaindra Post author

    currently writing my first one! kinda scared that it won't last long but also, so excited because i've heard many good things. one question though. after we write down the dates of the month, it's still quite empty. do you write down things right beside the dates/are you supposed to? and if you do, what do you write? because he told us to write the task on the right page but the empty space bothers me. thanks!

  25. The Gallant Gangster Post author

    I create my bullet journal off of Amanda RachLee.

    If you don't know who she is, I highly, highly recommend.

  26. Sorry In Advance Post author

    In the daily log do you write down tasks you need to do that day or tasks you heard of / thought of / got that day?

  27. Binita Singh Post author

    No one :

    Absolutely no soul :

    Ryder Carroll : * notes " a group of pug is called a grumble " *

  28. Alexander Hader Post author

    Why would I write tasks in the Daily Log when i have the tasks in the monthly log? I can migrate the task with the keys from the monthly tasks to the next. And in the daily Log, i write what i have DONE this day, not what i need to do. So i can see too when I did the task.

  29. Nathan Carlson Post author

    I'm confused about the # of pages in and between each section as demonstrated. Whenever you say "next empty spread", sometimes you're jumping 3+ pages, until the actual next spread.
    You stated this is the 6-month version, yet dedicating 4 pages to the Future Log seems to indicate this is the 12-month version.

    Also, what in the Mother of Abe Lincoln's name would require 20 pages between each month? 20 pages, seriously? Now there are 10 * 2 of them; this is getting out of hand! In the video, the daily log for April starts at page 17. (allegedly taking up 10 of the 20-page gap)

    So following the pattern, we'll have something like this:

    Future Log: 1-4

    April: 7
    April Daily Log: 17
    May: 27
    Books to read Section: 29
    Retail Therapy Section: 30

    May: 31
    May Daily Log: 41
    June: 51
    Section 1: 52
    Section 2: 53

    July: 54
    July Daily Log: 64
    August: 74

    … And so on …

    I've exhausted myself. It's really difficult to understand the exact layout in terms of pages explained here, at least without purchasing the expensive and proprietary Bullet Journal notebook.

  30. MrSmashmouth07 Post author

    good video big help to me not a whole lot of unnecessary yapping right to it and easy to learn thank you for knowing what to do

  31. Evoria Post author

    I love this system!
    Going to favorite this and some of the other videos I can find about this subject and wait until I get to buy my bullet journal and perhaps my mind-journal.
    Thank you! I'm so grateful that I searched for this.

  32. Ashton Hughes Post author

    Can you start bullet journaling whenever or just at the beginning of the year? i want to start now but i can’t find a single video where someone has started later in the year

  33. Jordan B Post author


    Idk where else to ask for advice, maybe someone will see this and can help.

    I love the bullet journal but it’s making me realize just how much stuff I can’t do in a day. And it keeps leaving me defeated. And it’s difficult to celebrate small victories seeing that as a whole not much was done.

    Any advice would be helpful, thanks!

  34. Teresa Calero Post author

    The best overview of a BUJO by far! Great time investment in this video. Thanks a lot!

  35. François A. Post author

    You can now spend more time drawing a calendar than doing any actual work. What's not to love?

  36. Anu R Post author

    this is so much simpler than all the fancy stuff all the youtubers are doing…thank you for inventing this!

  37. SnSMuNitioNs Post author

    why dont just use a school diary type method? i dont get what is future log, what is monthly log, and what is weekly log. what are they for?
    For example, i want to do a thing next month, lets say i wanna go eat pizza, for example. Using a school diary thing i just write that "task" into the appropriate day with a time next to it and im done.
    Can someone please explain what would i do in the same situation if i were to use a bullet journal? Picture this : i have a nicely setup bullet journal, and i get a "task" to go eat pizza a month from now. what do I write on what pages on my bullet journal exactly?

  38. JLO jj Post author

    Señor Ryder, me encantas, y tu método también🍹🍹.quisiera tener un Esposo como tú💜💜 gracias Amor platónico.

  39. ItsJordanaaa Post author

    Have you ever had a brand new notebook and the pages just BEGGED for you to write something but you didn’t know what to write? This is why journaling became a thing. I honestly started looking into journaling for exactly this reason. I like to write stuff down. Even though I have an iPhone and iPad and a computer. It’s not the same as writing by hand. There’s something so satisfying about it.

  40. 刘刘林翔 Post author

    Am i the only one confuse at the rapid log and daily log? how how are they suppose work together? Do u re-write the daily log or something else?

  41. create with jamie Post author

    In my bullet journal, which you are able to see on my channel if u r interested or on my instagram (@createwithjamie), i use a lot of themes trackers and colour so really reigning myself back to the basics helps a lot so in future i can still personalise my bullet journalling whilst focusing on the core structure of it, bullet points. Thanks so much 😃

  42. Erick Gomez Post author

    Started this almost a year ago, never have i been so organized on college. I legit now know the exact dates of exams and presentations, I can plan a lot easier and in a way can see time. I actually came back to recommend this video to a friend and feel like i should tell people how much this helped me. I changed a lot on how i bujo but started as explained in the video

  43. Loky Post author

    How does he gather tasks and notes under section and put it at the same time in the days he needs to do those tasks? It's like writing 2 times each tasks and notes.

    And where does he manage the space for the differents sections AND the 'daily basis section'? I mean, he must put it one after the other, but when you have sections that have tasks and notes for multiple months, you should come back in the middle of the book.

    Or maybe, he puts sections at the end of the book.


  44. Rachel Walker Post author

    I'm starting this for the new school year! I'm glad I found a bullet journal video in under 15 minutes.

  45. Loky Post author

    Please what's the link between collections and months? I mean, do you still need to apply the signifiers method to tasks written in your collections?

    The collections definitely need to be paired with months right? Now, how to handle it thinking about the fact that the tasks in a given collection may not come from the same month, due to later addings.

  46. Anon Ymous Post author

    You know, they actually make planners. I don't understand why you're wasting time manually sectioning pages in a blank journal…

  47. M.G. Jessica Tasim Post author

    I love journaling, the simplest the better. What essential of journaling for me is the content and how I can allocate my anxiety of future to paper. Suddenly, all the actions I need to do which under spontaneous circumstance is scary (i have social anxiety) becomes easier because i have made decision before and the action is perceived as simply things to get done.

  48. Ekumen Outremer Post author

    Démarche très intéressante et utile. Cela permet aussi de se détacher un peu des ordinateurs 🙂


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