Bullet journaling has really caught on as a new fad. Whether you have a busy lifestyle, need to be more productive or want to let your creativity thrive, it could be right up your alley.
The fad is certainly on many peoples’ radar, but it’s still new enough for word not to have gotten all the way around to you. If you haven’t heard of a bullet journal before, it’s time to learn.
One of the charms of creating a bullet journal is the analog aspect. Holding a notebook in your hands rather than a device can make the hobby feel special.
Although the purpose of using one is meant to be relaxing, there really isn’t a wrong way to do this. Creating an online bullet journal is not only possible but easy to do.
What Is a Bullet Journal?
A bullet journal is a special notebook you use to capture your daily life. The journal is divided into sections, which include the index, future, monthly and daily logs.
An index is the first few pages listing the contents of your book. The future log contains tasks and events you want to handle over the next six months. The monthly and daily records are the same, except on a smaller scale and with a lot more detail.
The bullet journal takes its name from the bullets or signifiers you put before each task to categorize them. A task is a dot, completed tasks are an X and a task that has to be moved to another time has an arrow.
Other bullets are events as circles, notes as dashes, priorities as asterisks and inspirations as exclamation points. This is the basic setup, but your bullet journal is your own. You can change the style to anything you want.
What Is Evernote?
Evernote is a note-taking software hosted online. All you have to do is log in, and you’ll have access to it on any device. You can sync images and ideas to the software, too, but only up to a certain amount. If you want more than 60 megabytes of data a month for uploading information, Evernote offers subscription packages.
You can easily create an online bullet journal in Evernote that you can bring with you anywhere and is always at your fingertips. The modules become your notes, so creating individual ones is easy. You can separate the future and daily logs with a line, while monthly records can be made into a table template. To put it simply, Evernote and similar software are made to be blank templates for you to do nearly anything with.
The bullets and compression of the analog journal are easy to transfer over, as is the creative aspect. Just because this isn’t an analog option doesn’t mean it isn’t effective and can’t be fun.
How to Make Evernote Your Bullet Journal
Here is a short list of ways you can adapt Evernote into a bullet journal. Some of these techniques are so far off the beaten path, though, that they might seem better than the analog version. You’ll just have to decide for yourself.
- Tasklists are one of the best things about bullet journals beyond a to-do list. Whether you’re wanting to catch up on some reading or just want to mark off chores, Evernote makes it easy to create a simple tasklist that you can just check off as you complete each task. You can even set it to daily or weekly. Whatever you need!
- Personalization doesn’t stop once you leave the world of analog, especially if you can’t draw and aren’t prone to stickers. You can still change formats or fonts, add clip art, or anything you want. Make the journal as simple or complicated as you like. Evernote gives you the space to work.
- Organization is easier in Evernote than in the analog counterpart, actually. The notes and notebooks in Evernote can be divided into sections and then further divided with tags, so you can find everything quickly and easily. Lastly, when you’re finally done with a section, like a monthly log, you can move it to a section dedicated to your completed journal and continue moving forward. No clutter and nothing in the way!
- Automatic indexing allows for the organization to go a little further. Once you have your notebook together in Evernote, select everything in your list of notes. Right-click in the desktop while using the Evernote client, and it’ll automatically make a table of contents. If you mess something up later and have the rework the index, it’s a simple matter of selecting everything and making a new one. Simple!
- Automation isn’t far behind. After all, why not automate the whole journal? You can with a program called IFTTT. IFTTT, standing for If That, Then This, is a software that allows you to automatically migrate different notes and notebooks from one place to another. This might sound too simple but the extra step is relieving.
- Premium features from Evernote are pretty great if you plan on using the bullet journal as intended. Yes, definitely try Evernote out for free to see if it fits your lifestyle, but premium features give you a lot of extra space to work with that’ll be needed if you really take to this journaling thing. In other words, you’ll have an endless notebook.
Joys of Journaling
The concept of a bullet journal was to always have a simplified resource for productivity within reach, even when a device was broken or couldn’t connect to the service in question.
The analog aspect is charming, allows room for creativity and gives the owner a sense of work outside of a device. However, the traditional bullet journal doesn’t have to be what everyone uses, as it wouldn’t be the best tool for everyone.
If an online bullet journal works best for you, then that’s what you should take up. With Evernote, you won’t have to sacrifice access or creativity to make your journal special and unique.
All you need is a few minutes to put it all together and a busy enough lifestyle to fill in the blanks. If you want to be more productive, a bullet journal in any format is what you’re looking for.
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