Recently I came across this great way of organizing your notes on paper. Bullet Journal is a very simple and clear way of writing notes and keeping them organized. The system is quite detailed and includes advice such as using page numbering, modifiers to mark important items, as well as keeping both a monthly and daily calendar. The basics of the system are quite simple though. You use different icons to represent different types of list items like tasks, notes, and events.
For the list-makers, the note-takers, the Post-It note pilots, the track-keepers, and the dabbling doodlers. Bullet journal is for those who feel there are few platforms as powerful as the blank paper page. It’s an analog system for the digital age that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future.
Tasks are represented by the empty checkboxes and include any kind of actionable items like “Pick up dry cleaning”. Once complete, put that gratifying check through the box. Some tasks require multiple steps to complete. These steps or sub-tasks can be listed by simply indenting the check boxes underneath the original master task. Master tasks can only be marked as complete once all the sub-tasks have been completed or marked as irrelevant.
If you are one of those people who prefer using notebooks and taking notes on paper, you might want to give this a try. Or maybe you’ve been using an app or website to take notes but it hasn’t been working that great. Try using the Bullet Journal system and see if it works for you.