Bullet journals: Creating your key

The key page in a bullet journal

Alright, have you picked out your bullet journal yet? Have you figured out what you want in it? Maybe you’ve even started using it and you don’t even need this post. I wouldn’t blame you–I was pretty excited to design mine when I first started, too.

For those who haven’t quite gotten started yet, though, hopefully this post can help you out a bit. Today, I’m going to talk a bit about how to create a key for that wonderful little book of yours. After all, if you’re using your bullet journal to its utmost potential, then there’s a good chance you’re going to have a lot of difference colours and symbols floating around in there.  The best way to keep everything straight is to have a point of reference, right?

That’s where a good key comes in handy. I love mine, and I think I finally have it nailed down. Of course, I’ve thought that before, but I’ll explain that in a moment.

For now, let’s start at the top. I figure best way for me to help you create your bullet journal key is to tell you about mine, so that’s what I’m going to do.

Let’s start by talking about some basic symbols.

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Bullet journals: Getting started

A blue bullet journal with a black marker

Organization is somehow one of both my strong points and my weak points. When I’m organized, I’m really organized: I know exactly what I’m doing, when, and for how long. When I’m not organized, though… well, let’s just say that my days end up being about as productive as a sloth that hasn’t eaten in a while.

The real problem is, however, it takes a lot of work for me to be as organized as I need to. I’ve shared here before some of what that takes—how I use calendars, my bullet journal and mini goals—but, as part of my recent efforts to stay more on task, I thought I would share a little bit more with you.

So, I’m introducing a new series here on my blog. My posts about bullet journal back in December  really only scratched the surface about what I use my bullet journals for. I thought it would be helpful, both for myself and for some of you, if I shared a little more. Each month, I’ll share a different part of my bullet journal experience: things that I track, lists or records that I keep, layouts I’ve found useful, that sort of thing.

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Getting Cookie to eat more hay

My rabbit, Cookie, hiding under the bench in my entryway

Cookie hasn’t been entirely happy with me lately. Did you know that a rabbit’s diet is supposed to be made up mostly of hay? She and I both do, but she doesn’t like the fact. She prefers eating her pellets and greens. And her treats, of course.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve slowly gotten into the bad habit of letting her have more pellets, which means she eats less of the hay I put out for her. Sometime in the past couple of months, I noticed she was eating very little hay at all. That’s one of those “very bad things” for rabbits: from what I understand, the pellets don’t grind down their teeth as well, aren’t as good for their digestive systems, and are inferior in several other ways. Something had to be done.

So I cut back her pellets. At first, all this accomplished was a lot of lunging and grunting anytime I went near her food bowl; she wanted more pellets. She’s getting better now, though. Cookie’s eating more hay again, to the point where I finally need to refill her hay baskets each day again.

Despite her protests, my little rabbit is eating more of what she should be. That’s really all I can ask for.

Staying organized with: Mini goals

Welcome to the third, and final, installment of my Staying Organized series. I’ve already told you about how I use an online calendar and my bullet journal in my organizational routine, but there’s one more element I want to tell you about: my use of mini goals.

This post is shorter than the others, but I’m hoping it’ll be just as useful, especially since mini goals are one of my favourite elements of my little organizational routine. So, let’s get started.

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New Year 2018

It’s officially 2018! Which feels a bit odd, to be honest. Last year passed in a bit of a blur, for a lot of different reasons: it was busy, it was emotional, and it was filled with opportunities and challenges.

This year is likely to be the same, with a couple of it’s own unique situations thrown in. For example, did you know I turn thirty this year? That’s already bringing some interesting emotions into play.

Anyway, the first day of the year seems like a good chance to combine my annual and monthly updates. So let’s get to it, shall we?

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