One of the most frequent frustrations I see people having with the bullet journal system is how to plan ahead. In fairness, bullet journaling wasn’t originally intended to be used for scheduling things in the future. But many people like to have their planning and bullet journaling all in the same book, so they draw monthly or weekly planning pages in their notebook, which is time-consuming and tedious.
A simpler option is to bullet journal in a planner. Bullet journaling can be done in any notebook or planner, but an unstructured weekly planner tends to be the best combination of forward-planning with flexibility.
The open format of the Hebdo weekly planner is especially good for bullet journaling.
The untimed daily spaces have room for your scheduled items and lists, the monthly pages are great for your monthly index of events, and the Notes booklet in the back holds Collections and your Index. I’ll show you each, step by step. (Click on photos for a larger image.)
Scheduling: In the day spaces in the Hebdo planner, you can use the Priority box for your appointments and scheduled events. This allows you to enter scheduled items in advance throughout the year, without getting in the way of the space for your Daily Log. No more spending hours drawing in your own weekly pages!
Daily log: the daily log is the backbone of the bullet journaling system. You log your items as they come to you, using specific bullet points to indicate tasks, notes and events; and signifiers to indicate priority/ importance or things to follow up later. You can create your own bullets and signifiers, but be careful not to overcomplicate. The idea is to keep it quick and simple. Use the large lined space each day for your Daily Log. This allows you to log items as they come to you.
Monthly index of events: You can use the Monthly pages in the Hebdo to see an overview of scheduled items coming up, as an index of past events, or both. I like to use my monthly pages for both. I can see at a glance what is coming up over the next several weeks:
And I can add significant events or things I want to remember, so I can reference them easily. This is where I note things like when my kids were sick/ absent from school, when I mailed payment checks, and memorable things that happened. This allows me to easily see when things happened.
Collections: You can add short collections directly to your Daily Log:
Longer collections can go in the Notes booklet in the back of the planner.
If you fill your Notes booklet, you can replace it with as many as you need. You can even fit an additional Notes booklet into the front of your planner if you need more space for Collections.
Index: You can write your Index in your Notes booklet. To indicate a collection or note written in a day space, write the name of the collection and the date where it was written. To indicate a collection written in your notes booklet, add a page number.
This will allow you to find your lists and notes anywhere in the book.
The Hebdo weekly planner has several other advantages: Its white 90 gsm paper is designed to be used with all your favorite pens with no bleed through. Holidays are pre-printed on the day spaces, so you don’t have to worry about missing important dates like you might if you had to date the pages yourself.
The planner has anno-planning pages that allow you to see your entire year at a glance, for the current year and the following year. This allows you to plan ahead through all of next year in one book.
It also contains maps and other useful content.
Its portable size allows you to take it everywhere, which is very important for bullet journaling.
Your Hebdo becomes your go-everywhere bullet journaling and planning tool!
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