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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