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Bullet journaling is my secret weapon to staying organised. If you don’t know what a Bullet journal is read this post ‘Why you NEED a bullet journal’

First things first when I first started researching bullet journaling and rapid logging I thought that rapid logging was a shorthand version of traditional bullet journaling, but no rapid logging IS the traditional bullet journaling. Oops my bad! Well we all know that journaling is suppose to be beneficial but the traditional form of journaling can be lengthy and time-consuming so bullet journaling is your solution. Bullet journaling is about recording the moments or tasks in a way as to jog your memory. So that you don’t have to write paragraphs of text about the entry and you don’t have to feel bad about not having an Instagram worthy log either. Just use rapid logging to log everything as you are going about your day for a week and see if you are more efficient and forget less with your bujo. But onto rapid logging.

The heart of bullet journaling and rapid logging is your key and the bullets that signify what your entries are. There are three main bullets to the bullet journaling method. You can use any symbol you want and make your own key entirely but the traditional bullets are worth trying as they are easily changed to mean other things. Below is the main bullets for your bullet journal (images from www.bulletjournal.com)

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Along with your bullets there are also two main signifiers, they give your entries additional context at a glance. The asterix * denotes priority to that bullet point. The exclamation mark ! denotes inspiration. See below that the asterix signifier beside order cake is a priority task and the exclamation point next to the note “song about vending machine” means it was an inspirational idea.

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So what do you do with tasks once they are done or they don’t get done in your day? How do you actually tell what has been done and what hasn’t? As you can see below x through the bullet means its done and if it hasn’t been done and needs to be migrated to the next day or another collection you turn the bullet into a > . If you are migrating a task to another month you would then mark it < to say it is now in your future log for when you setup that months collections or spreads.

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It’s important to note that if you want to expand on any entry in your bullet journal you can write about it right there in your daily log, on the next free line, or you can actually create a separate collection called a “brain dump” to write in depth. A brain dump is just a blank page in your bullet journal that you give a title such as “brain dump” or something descriptive. You then expand on your entry and note it in your daily log and index with the page number.

As you’ve seen rapid logging is very simple and worth trying creatively or not. Just remember that it becomes whatever you make of it, allowing you to keep track of your past events, help you organize the current events and activities, and to make plans for the future. The examples below are a good example of rapid logging and minimalist bullet journaling.

Ryder Carroll said the following that I find is a helpful reason that bullet journaling and rapid logging is done the way it is done.

I like to describe the Bullet Journal Method as an empty house. I gave the community this house to fill it with their own lives. That’s the key, to furnish your space with the things that serve you. If the chair is too fancy, you won’t sit in it. If the kitchen is too complicated, you won’t cook in it. If you decorate your home with things based on other people’s lives, you risk feeling like a stranger in your own space. If you’re not careful, your notebook can quickly fill with all sorts of Collections that ultimately don’t add value to your life. It’s no wonder then when it becomes a chore. You’re maintaining someone else’s journal, not your own.

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And that is rapid logging in a nutshell. I recommend every bullet journalist tries a month of minimalist bullet journaling. So that you can really see the full potential of the method without the distractions of decorating. The capacity for productivity is large and sometimes missed within the creativity of a bujo. Please feel free to contact me [email protected] or comment on the post.

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