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Capture Your Ideas: Bullet Journaling for Growth and Reflection

teacher avatar Terran Dailey, YouTuber + Content Creator

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6 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. How to Bullet Journal for Growth and Reflection

    • 2. Course Set-Up & Class Project

    • 3. Setting Up the First Pages

    • 4. Monthly Set-Up

    • 5. Weekly Set-Up and Daily Pages

    • 6. Tips for Using Your Journal

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Journaling is one of the most powerful self improvement habits you can develop. It allows you to think on paper, capturing ideas. Organize, plan and reflect on what you really want in your life. Keeping a journal is the first step in manifesting your desires and achieving your goals. It can also be a habit that helps you to facilitate your personal development by tracking your growth progress. 

This one habit of journaling can be done in many ways and for this reason many people use multiple journals (lists and planners) for different topics or ideas. The problem with having multiple journals (ex. gratitude journal, planner, diary, bullet journal, business notes, manifestation journal, etc) is that there is usually a lack in organization across these journals making focus/clarity more difficult. 

To use your journal more effectively you need one journal that does it all. One “life book” for all your ideas. I’m going to teach you how to set up your bullet journal so that you can use one journal for everything, effectively. The skills you will learn in this course will help you be more organized and build good habits. This course is for anyone interested in starting or improving their journaling habits. I’ll share the systems I’ve  developed that help me design, plan and document my life. Learn how to organize one easily accessible journal to capture all of your greatest ideas. 

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1. How to Bullet Journal for Growth and Reflection : Journaling is one of the most powerful self-improvement habits that you can develop. It allows you to think on paper capturing ideas. And also it allows you to organize and plan and reflect on those ideas. Journaling is one of the best ways to achieve your goals and manifest your desires. And this one powerful habit of journaling can be done in many ways. And for this reason, many people use multiple journals for different topics or ideas. And when you have all of your ideas spread out over multiple books, it can be difficult for you to really get to see the big picture. I have so many different journaling books. I would have one for writing my goals, one to use as like a daily planner, one journal I would use for keeping track of all the books that I've been reading. I had a dream journal, a positive affirmations journal, and then I had another journal for every new creative project idea that I had. And that has got to be very inconvenient because nobody wants to carry around multiple journals and so I would often just leave them at home. And then that kind of defeats the purpose of having a journal. So you don't want to separate your ideas. You want to have one journal that you can use for all of these things and what the right organization, I promise you that there will be space for you to capture all kinds of ideas. And this will be a really powerful tool for you to use. Once you're able to connect all of your ideas, your growth will really be exponential of after years of trying to keep up with multiple journals. I decided that I would just keep one journal for everything and it literally changed my life. And this is my current journal. It is where I talked to myself. This is the book where I plan my future, sit my goals, take notes, make my schedule, keep track of my progress, keep track of my ideas, document my thoughts, express my gratitude for life and so much more. Yes, One book can do it all. And in this course that is what we are going to be creating. I'm going to teach you how to set up your book so that you can use one journal for everything effectively. The skills that you learn in this course will help you to be a more organized individual. And it's going to also help you to build some keystone habits. If you've ever read the book, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, then you may be familiar with keystone habits. They're just habits that once you implement them, they benefit your life in other aspects of your life without you even having to try. So a good example of this is exercise. We know that when we exercise it's easier for us to drink more water and eat healthier and get more wrist. The same thing applies with journaling. Journaling is a keystone habit. And once you start journaling, you'll notice growth and improvement in your life, in other aspects of your life without even having to try just by keeping this book, you're going to notice a lot of positive changes. This course is for anybody who is interested in self-improvement, regardless if this is your first time journaling or if you have been journaling for many years. I promise that I'm going to share all of my best tips to help you in your journey. We know that the benefits of journaling are literally endless. But some of the things that you can expect to gain from this course include going on your journey of self-exploration, facilitating your personal growth. It will help you to achieve your goal and you'll develop some really good habits. So if that sounds like something that you are ready for that let's get started with creating the ultimate journal for growth and reflection. 2. Course Set-Up & Class Project: The first three major sections we'll cover structuring your journal. This will help you to build those systems for good habits and allow you to track them together. We'll walk through setting up the first initial pages and then we'll break down monthly and weekly templates that will help you gain clarity and focus on your goals. And then in the last section we'll go over some tips and tricks to help you use your journal more effectively to complete the class project, all you need to do is follow along with each lesson, organizing your book as we go. And then once your book is organized, you will have a space to document everything. Journaling can be a sacred process for many of us. And so for the class project, I would only recommend that you share elements of your journal that you feel comfortable with sharing. You can also share any other ideas that you have that help you in your journaling process. Because we can all learn from each other and sharing our work is how we grow and learn to begin this process, all you're going to need is a bullet journal and some writing utensils. If you're more creative, please feel free to add anything that you want to add to express your own personal style. Now let's go on to the next section where you are going to learn how to set up the first few pages in your journal. 3. Setting Up the First Pages: Now we're ready to set up our first few pages. This is where I store my goals, my dreams, my values, my targets, and my chief definite aim. It's always important to remember that everything here is customizable. If you need more or less pages to do something, feel free to adjust as EC50. Okay, so let's get started. The only materials that you're going to need is a bullet journal and some writing utensils, possibly a ruler. And if you are very artsy, then maybe some colored pencils or something like that. So this is just the style and brand of bullet journal that I like to use. It's very easy and convenient. You can find these journals on Amazon or on Barnes and Noble. So I like the fact that I can always find a consistent style and size of journals. So I always skip the first page and then I opened it up to the first full-page with dots on both sides and this is where I'm going to put my six month overview. This is just a really great way to start off in a journal. What I do here is I skipped the first dot and the dot on the page. And then I'm going to just draw a line connecting the risks of the dots together. And then I'm going to make my second line going right underneath. And then once I've done this, I'm going to apply this same frame on this side as well. Next, each section is going to have eight dots in-between it. So I'm going to start at the very first line in count over 812345678 and make a little mark there. And then I'll do it again. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. And then I'll do the same thing on the other side. And then you can see where I put those markings. That's where I'm going to draw the line straight down. Now I have six different columns and I'm going to label them with the next six months that are coming up. So right now it is November and the next month would be December. So our right, December right here. And then keep going January, February. And then I like to make a small calendar for each month. So I'm going to go in and label the days of the week on adapt. So I will do Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. And then you can start filling in your calendar. And then I can do the same thing for the rest of the months. Okay. So once I have all of my calendar dates failed and I like to use the rest of the space down here to write down my goals for that month. So what I will do is I will see what is the lowest line that dates fall under. And then I will skip a complete row. And then starting here, I will title this coils. So this is a really good spot to put a few of your biggest goals. And I will show you an example of how I do this. Sometimes I like to write on the dots and then titles. I like to put in-between the dads. It just makes notetaking easier and making bullet points in lists a lot easier if you write on the actual dots. So I'm going to start here. And I'm just going to show you some examples of how I would put my goals on here. I do make YouTube videos, so one of my goals might be to post a video each week. So in this area, I usually like to add about three goals. Of course you can add more if you want. But I like to have a little blank space down here because it's also a really good spot to list out some important dates. So for example, if you have an appointment on the 15th of December, you could just write down here 15th. So that way it just kinda gives you an overview of what to expect for each month. And I like to come back to this page at the beginning of each month, set my goals and set aside any other important dates that I need to be prepared for for that month. I really love starting afresh journal in setting up this part because this is where you really get to design your life. If you have the ability to dream for your life, then you also have the ability to take action on that dream. And the very first step to achieving any dream is to write it down. So I'm going to talk about a lot of different books in this course because I love to read. And some of the books that I'm going to talk about are books that have really helped me to step up my journaling game. One of my favorite books That's a really good place to start when you want to start manifesting your dreams and thinking about how you want to design your life is this book right here. It works by r h j. You can read this book in about 15 minutes. It's very, very short, and it just talks about the power of writing down your dreams and how through writing you can manifest your biggest desires. The next page that I'm going to set up is all about dreams and goals. So I'm going to write that up here. And I use this page a little bit different than this page. This is for big dreams and big goals. So I'll just put a few of my own personal dreams here so you can get an idea of what it would look like. So maybe some of your dreams are to travel to certain destinations to earn a certain amount of money to live in a particular house or to speak a new language, whatever your dreams or goals are. This is the spot here to just list them out freely. Of course you want to fill this up as much as you can. You don't have to fill it up as soon as you set up your journal. But throughout the time that you are working in this journal, It's always good to try to fill up this side. There should always be some really important dreams and goals that you have that you are constantly working towards and thinking about. And then on page 5 of the journal is where I'm going to put books that I have read. I try my best to make all of my titles caps, but sometimes I make little mistakes like that and that's totally fine. So under this section, I like to keep a log of all of the books that I read. Setting up this page is going to help you be remembered the books that you have read during the time of u using this journal. And it's going to allow you to be able to kind of quickly draw on a few points of what the book was about without you having to go back and reread it. So here's an example of a book that I read this month. And so what I would do is I would just title it. And I also like to put the author right underneath. I like to just make three tiny, tiny little bullet points about what the book was about. I just put here that this book was mainly about manifesting, writing your dreams and your power to create your own life. And then when I read the next book, I will just skip a line and do the same thing. This next page is going to be super important and that is to celebrate your victories. This is the spot where you're going to document every single when, anytime that you accomplish something, no matter how big or small, you want to add it in this section, when you get some wins under your belt, it is the momentum that you will need to create more wins in your life. So every time you accomplish something, you want to put it down here under celebrate victories. So an example of something that I will put here is that I just recently hit over a 1000 subscribers on my YouTube channel. And I'm very, very proud about that. So I will put that here. And then I also like to add the date because it's just really nice to help you remember that. And again, this is something that you work through during gear journal. The goal is not to fill up this entire page at this time. Right now we're just kinda getting everything set up. And as you use your journal throughout the next weeks, you'll be able to come back to these pages and slowly add in bit by bit. And then on this side, I'm going to add my target and values. This is the side where you are going to think about your chief definite aim. If you've ever read the book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill talks about a clearly written out statement of what it is that you are trying to accomplish in your life. I would also suggest that you write down some of your core values, some of the things that are most important to you, those values are going to be your motivation and your y, the thing that drives you to actually complete the habits and the tasks that will be in this journal. This is something that's going to be very personal to you. And so I would highly recommend that if you don't already have achieved definite aim, take the time, read Napoleon Hill and read some other people who kind of explain how to create achieved definite aim or how to decide what your principles and values are. And then you're going to add them in this section here. Now the next two pages are just something that I like to add in because it's something that I often find myself wanting to take note of. And that is quotes. Anytime I hear a good quote, I love to write it down. So I always save two pages in my journal so I can write down any quotes that I may come across and that's going to be it for the first pages of your journal. These pages are literally the same in every journal that I've had since I've started using this method of only using one journal. Take your time to do your first pages and really get excited about your dreams. Dream as big as you can. And remember that by writing them down, it is the first step in actually achieving your goals. So if you've got your bullet journal, I highly encourage you to get started on setting up your first pages at this time. And I also recommend write it down, make it happened by Henry it and closer. This is one of my favorite books. There are so many practices in this book that will show you different ways in different styles of journaling. The subtitle of this book is called knowing what you want and getting it. So if you're not very clear about your goals or if you don't have a whole long list of dreams like I do because I'm a big dreamer. This is a great place to get started. This is going to get your wheels turning and help you to kind of understand more about yourself so that you can decide what you want for your life. In the next lesson, I'm going to show you how you can take what you've done here with their goals and your values. And I'm going to show you how to break them down into actionable and traceable habits that you can document each month. 4. Monthly Set-Up: Okay, so now that our first pages are set up, we can move on to the monthly setup. The first pages are only done once per journals. So every time I get a new journal, I set up the first pages, the monthly pages is just a template that I use for the beginning of each month. There may be a few things that are change in the monthly setup. However, the overall structure of it remains the same each month because this is the place where you can really track the progress of your goals. And that's going to give you more clarity on the actions that you need to take in order to achieve your goals. The monthly pages are also going to be a great place where you can compile your ideas and get a lot of brainstorming then. So let's get started. Okay. So for the monthly set up, this is what I do on the last couple of days of each month, is prepare for the next month. That is coming up for my monthly check-in. All I'm going to do is write the name of the month upcoming, and then right. Checking. And this is the area where I really like to check in with myself on some of my wellness goals. And there are eight dimensions or pillars of wellness that you can focus on. Social, physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and environmental, financial, and occupational. If you wanted to, you can make space for all eight dimensions. But what I like to do is just choose three of those areas that are really wanna focus on for this coming month. And so for this month, for me, those areas are going to be physical, spiritual, and financial, and these spaces do not have to be perfect at all, guy, I'm just showing you how I really use my journal and throughout the month, I am going to be revisiting this very page. And I'm going to jot down any changes that I might notice in these particular areas. So for example, the physical dimension of wellness is something that's very easy to track. When I go back to my calendar here, I see that exercising daily was one of my goals. What I'll do here is I'll just write down my goal again. Exercise daily and then how would I track that? And what I like to do is just add the days of the month and I will come back in here and I will track if I'm exercising daily, if I did exercise for this day, just put a check next to it. Or if you want to give yourself more detail about what it is that you did, you can put a G for gem, or you can put a W for walking. You can kinda come up with your own key, whatever you do, you just want to make sure that you are tracking every time that you are doing the habit that's here in any days that you don't do it, you can just leave it blank. And then a few times throughout the month, it's also useful here to put in a few notes about what was going on that month. So you could put something like very great weather in the morning. We'll go on more walks. Or maybe you could say Jim close due to a renovation. And that explains why you missed a few days of going to the gym, whatever it is, you kinda wanna give yourself a few notes about what's going on. And the same thing here, spiritually and financially or whatever other areas of wellness that you are tracking in your life. If you just write down where you are, how you're feeling about these areas and where you're trying to go throughout the month. This page can be very useful to you. And then as you can see, the next page that we are going to do is our monthly gratitude. And this page is very simple to set up. All I do is I write down the name of the month and then I write the word gratitude down this column here, I'm just going to number each line. And I know the lines are really small, but here across each day, I like to list out three things that I am grateful for. If you've ever had a gratitude journal and you know how beautiful it is to be able to go back and look at all the things that you are grateful for in your life, no matter how big or small. And then the last two pages are going to be your brainstorming page is for the month. So what I like to do is I like to write down the month and then brainstorming. And then I organize each page of brainstorming by whatever project that I generally have a lot of ideas about. I like to have a page of brainstorming for every idea that I have where I need a lot of creativity and I need to be able to put my ideas in one centralized place. For example, I make YouTube videos. I'm always brainstorming YouTube ideas. And it is very important for me to have a spot where I can put brainstorming for YouTube. Let's say if you are a creative who makes music, you might want to have a brainstorming page for music in here every time that you find a song that inspires you, every time that you watch a video that inspires you every time you get an idea for something that you want to use for this category. This is the spot where you can record it for the entire month. I find these pages to be very helpful when I go back and look through my old journals. And I'm sure you will as well. It's very, very important to have one centralized area for brainstorming. This part of the system is going to be one of the big areas for you to go back and do some reflection. It allows you to quickly see the tracking of your habits and a monthly glance. So at this time I suggest that you go ahead and update your journal with your monthly pages with the areas of your life that you would like to focus on. In the next lesson, I'll show you how to create your weekly schedule, and I'm going to show you how to use the remaining pages of your book so that you can get into the real work and start utilizing your journal daily. 5. Weekly Set-Up and Daily Pages: So now we're almost done with the structure of our journal and setting of all the pages. One last thing that we need to set up is the weekly schedule. And I'm also going to show you how sees the remaining pages. The weekly schedule is going to be supercritical because it is your daily to-do list. And it's where you're going to actually break down the habits, the success principles by Jack Canfield and this book will really help you to develop your goals and learn how to work towards your goals. And one thing that I really love about this book is how he teaches how you can chunk down your goals. So after you have decided what you really want and have set measurable goals with specific deadlines. The next step is to determine all of the individual action steps you will need to take to accomplish your goal. And that is what we are going to do here with the weekly schedule. And now we're almost finished with setting up the actual structure of the journal. What I'm going to do on these next two pages is going to be very similar to what we did here. Basically, two lines for the title to go, and then three columns on this side and three columns on this side. This is going to be how I set up the weekly schedule. Okay, Now that I have the basic outline, I'm going to again count eight dots on both sides. And so I'm going to label it here Monday through Saturday. And then in the Saturday column, I just like to split it in half and add Sunday as well, because I usually don't have a whole lot on my to-do list on Saturdays and Sundays. And the way that I use this is I plan each day, the night before. What you can do to help you plan is kind of go back through some of your goals and see what are things that you should be working on. I can go back here and I see that exercising daily is something that I should be doing every day. So I'm going to put number 1 exercise. Another goal that I have is to post a video every week. So I might say. And you can just keep going down, making a list of all of the tests that you want to get done for that day. And then what I'll do throughout the day is once I have achieved a task, I will just check it off the list. If there's anything that's on my list that I didn't quite get around to doing. Like say for example, recording a video. If I didn't get a chance to record the video, I will just make an arrow and bring it over to this side. And then I'll also write down a few words as to why I didn't record this video. So maybe it was raining this day and I didn't get to go outside and record the video that I want it to do. And this is a working journal. So throughout the day, this is like the most important part of my journal. I like to have this open so I can clearly see what it is that I need to be working on. You can even get really specific here and put down the time and what you should be doing at that time. I find that also helps me to really stay track on top of my goals. Just remember that anything that you did not finish for that day, if you need to make an arrow and put it for the next day. And then up here on Tuesday for number one, I will put record video. And this is pretty much how I like to use the weekly schedule. I like to use a combination of structure in flow in my journal. We've done all of the structure we need to do, and now we can get into some flow. This is something that I totally made up myself by the way. But Flow writing is where all the work happens, where everything is documented. It is where we think, where we write and discover. Use the different sides of my journals for different things. On the left side is where I do a lot of my head voice thinking. It's where I think out loud to myself, where I talked to myself, where I write like a diary form. And it's also where I discovered my own voice. And the right side pages are where I do more of my structure at learning, where I do more structured planning. It's where I take a lot of notes and I also capture a lot of ideas that I come across on the right sides. Now, beyond the weekly schedule is where things get really fun in your journal. This is where you're going to have that flow and be able to use your journal as more than just a bullet journal. This is where you can actually capture ideas, capture your thoughts, use it as a diary, use it for whatever you want, and this is what I do for the pages that are in-between each weekly schedule. After I have this weekly schedule in place, then I can flip it to the next page. On the left side is where I like to put down all of my free thoughts. The way that I like to set up the left side is by putting the date and the time. Some other fun things that you can put here is the weather. If it was a particularly bad weather day or a really beautiful day, this is a good spot to kind of just take note of the day. What day is it? What time is it? What is the day like? And then I go into writing my thoughts down on this side, the right side of my page is where I will take notes. It's where I compile more ideas, is where I do a lot more strategical and tactical type of work. So for notes, I put the title of whatever I'm watching or reading here because it's going to be really important at the end when you go back and fill in your index that each page has some type of title. All my thoughts pages on this side, I really don't go back and put them in the index. But anytime I'm taking notes or planning something really big, always leave space to add the title. And then you can go in and do whatever you wanna do with your notebook. And then I'll just continue doing this every time that I want to use my journal and I want to write some type of free form thought or diary entry. I will use the left side. And anytime where I want to take notes or anything else that I really want to plan. I'll put the date here and then I can start writing underneath. And I will continue that throughout the rest of the week. And then every Sunday, remake these pages here, which will be for the next week. So lets say when we get around to and so once I've used these pages up to about December 31st, I will go back and start my monthly check in for the next month, which will be January. And I'll do a January check in January. Gratitude. January brainstorm. January brainstorm for whatever projects that you may want to brainstorm about. And then I will put another weekly schedule and then I just continue to use the journal until all the pages are full. There are no limits or guidelines when it comes to how you write or what you write in your journal. But I do highly recommend that you always put the date and the time whenever you start writing. This is all important because these are the days of your life and it's so critical that we document them and don't get me wrong. The brain is an incredible machine, but it's not all that great at remembering the small details of each day. So keeping a journal allows you to do this. You'll be able to study yourself and learn from your mistakes. And that is such a powerful tool. So now that you have your journal fully setup, in the next lesson, I'm going to go through some tips and tricks that are going to be some of the best practices for using your journal. 6. Tips for Using Your Journal : Now that everything is set up, we can really get into some of the tips that allow me to get the most out of my journal. The first tip is in regards to using the index and labeling your journal, you want to make sure that every single page has a title or a date going across the top at the end of every week when you go back and to create your weekly schedule, again, it's always a good idea to go back to the beginning of the book and fill in the index pages. This way, you don't have a whole lot of work to do. Once you finish your journal and you're ready to go on to a new journal. I always label each journal that I have and I made sure that before I am completely finished with the journal, it is completely filled out, it is completely organized, and all of the index pages have been labeled correctly. This is gonna save you a lot of time and a lot of headache when you want to go back and reflect your old journals. And so speaking over reflection, reflection is my second tip. Every time that you start a new journal, It's always a good idea to go back to the journal that you're currently working in. Go to the very first page and really read through it. One of my favorite leaders in the self-help space is general. I love to listen to Jim Rhone and he always says that reflection is critical to your self-growth. And that is a really good idea to take all of your journals and read through all of them at least once a year, you can make it a ritual or however you wanna do it. If you take the time to go back and read every page of your old journals once a year. I think you will find so much benefit and beauty in it. The third tip is to try new things in your journal. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. This is your journal and there are no rules to express yourself in it artistically, you can try out new systems and new ways of tracking yourself. You can try different writing exercises, really going to be up to your personality and your lifestyle and what you are focusing on in your life at that moment, when it comes to what exactly is in your journal. So don't be afraid to try new things. Because through trying new things is how you are going to be able to express yourself more fully and understand yourself more. And then the fourth tip is to write every single day your journal is set up to be used frequently. You have your daily schedule, your to-do list, your weekly schedule, your monthly schedule, your six month goals, your brainstorming, everything that you need to write down, all in this one journal. So I'll take it with you everywhere that you go and as often as you can find time to capture ideas. The fifth tip is consistency and uniformity. The more consistent you are with your journal, the easier it will be for you to really make your journal look really uniform. And uniformity is going to really help in your reflection process. It's going to help you to be a much more organized individual. And over time, you will enjoy the ease of reflecting in a beautiful we'll organized journal. And the last tip that I have for you guys is just that your journal is very precious. Keep it safe. Make sure that you never have it in a place where it can be damaged or destroyed. And I would also recommend that you keep it private because these are some of your most outrageous thoughts. And it should be a place where you feel safe to write or say anything. And you also wanna make sure that you have good storage of your journals over time. Do not throw them away. Yeah, in my first years of having journals, I used to throw them away and the idea of that is just unbelievable now, I just really don't like clutter. I felt like after I was done with it, just throw it away. You want to keep your journals over time. There's nothing more beautiful than witnessing your own growth. So keep them as long as you can. I'm a true believer that as he used this tool, you will come to find that your journal is more powerful than even a computer or your smartphone. One of the best things that you can do for yourself is keep a journal and use it to keep your world in order. Keep track of your life and be mindful about the direction of your life. It is such a beautiful journey to discover yourself. Use this journal to create the life that you desire.