Aside from using your HB Handbook for making general notes and references, you could also consider turning it into a bullet journal. You may well have seen the term bullet journal banded around the internet on occasion. If you, like many others, are still scratching your head wondering what this term means, then fret no longer, we’re here to help.
What is a Bullet Journal?
Just like the HB Handbook, the premise of a bullet journal revolves around efficiency and organisation. It is a means to “track the past, organize the present and plan for the future” as the inventor of the bullet journal Ryder Carroll states. Essentially it’s a well compromised and highly efficient planner (once you get your head around the system).
If you find that you’re the kind of person that constantly leaves written reminders around the home or office, a bullet journal could be ideal for you. It’s a way of collecting these notes together in a singular, tidy and uniformed manner.
How To Bullet Journal – Index and Future Log
To begin turning your HB Handbook into a bullet journal, locate the first pages with a blank double page spread. Once located, simply title these pages “Index”. Next, turn the next blank spread and label these pages “future log”.
In order to set up your future log effectively, you should count the number of lines on this double page spread. A HB Handbook has 24 lines. You’ll need to divide the number of lines by 3 and then divide the pages into these equal sections. 3 goes into 24, 8 times, so divide your HB Handbook into 3 equal sections of 8 lines using a ruler and pen/pencil.
Repeat this on the next page if you’re creating a 12-month future plan, if you only plan to use it for 6 months, however, you don’t need to do anything else. Starting from the month of your choice, write the name of the month in the top corner of each section. When finished, add page numbers and note down your future log and the page numbers inside your index.
How To Bullet Journal – Monthly Log
Now you’re finished with your future log, turn your next blank spread; this will act as your monthly log. Add the name of the first month of your choice at the top of both pages. Next, write the number of days in the month numerically down the side of the left page. For example, if you’re in the month of August, write the numbers 1 – 31. After this, write the first letter of each day in conjunction with the day of the month. For example, today is Tuesday the 29th of August so you would write (29 T).
On the following right page, bullet point every task you can think of that you need to or would like to complete this month. Once again, add the page numbers and then add those into your index.
How To Bullet Journal – Daily Log
The next thing you’ll need to create your bullet journal is a daily log. Once again, start by turning to the first available blank spread. Next, all you need to do is add the first date on which you wish to begin your bullet journal. Under the date, all you need to do is add entries. Entries are simply tasks that you wish to complete on that particular date. Each entry is broken up into three different categories these include – Tasks (indicated by a . ), Events (indicated by an O ) and Notes (indicated by a - ). Simply add one of these symbols to each of your tasks, depending on which category they fall under. Another handy tool is to utilise the signifier symbol (*). This symbol is reserved for tasks of high importance in your bullet journal.
How to Continue Using Your Bullet Journal - Migration
Your initial set up is complete, now that you’ve completed the aforementioned tasks. At the end of each month, remember to set up a new monthly log in your bullet journal. Refer back to your daily logs, on the previous month and cross out the ones you have completed. Take some time here to analyse any remaining tasks and think about whether they are still worth completing. If not, cross them out. Tasks that are vital for completion in the short term should be marked with a (>) symbol. Then copy this task into the next month.
If a task is still worth completing but is only worth your time in the long term, mark it with a (<) symbol. Then take this task and copy it into the corresponding entry of your future log. This will effectively help you to manage your time more effectively and to assign priority to the correct tasks.
And that’s it! You’ve just effectively transformed your HB Handbook into a pocket sized bullet journal. Don't forget to stock up on HB Handbooks for future bullet journal creation.