A not so recent trend in the planner community has been Bullet Journaling, and much like many others I’ve jumped on the band-wagon. I’ve been Bullet Journaling for two months now, and it has been so awesome to be able to track a lot of things in my life. Like many people I started off in the basic system created by <person>, which you can learn more about on <Bullet Journal Website>. The first thing that you set up in your notebook is your Index, which is what I want to talk about today.
The Index of your Bullet Journal is meant to be where you write down where everything is. It’s meant to keep your organized and cut down on time that you spend looking for things. Although I don’t go to the index all the time, and I’m more likely to use post-it notes or bookmarks I do keep filling out my index. I do this because when I ask my mom, brother, or boyfriend to find a collection or something in my Bullet Journal it’s so much easier for them to find it and get the information back to me quickly. I also like to use it because nothing in my Bullet Journal is actually in any order. An example would be my October Blog Plans are actually in the August part of my Bullet Journal, as well as my September status page. Due to things like this my Index can be my best friend, or ya know… post-its.
So what do I put in my index and how do I organize it?
The first thing that I for sure put in my index are my collection pages that are outside of my monthly section. So things like my wish list, gift idea pages, Books to read, Books read, seasonal goals, and things like that are all things that I will put in my Index so that I’m able to find it again when I need it.
I will also put the start and end of the month. I do this so that I can easily put together everything that was put into that month and it gives me a good idea of what I did in the month. Along with this I put the start and end of my weekly sections where I in-depth plan my days and what I’m doing. I do these because every now and then I need to know what I was doing on a specific day, or I need to reference it in comparison to my mood tracker. Listing the weeks individually helps me narrow down where I’m searching, and makes it a lot easier to take notes about any triggers or mental illness notes.
The last thing that I for sure put into my index is my Blog Status page. Although I have final plans among my monthly pages I also keep a status page for all of the blog posts that are going up in a specific month. While I’m writing this I’m working out of my September Status page, but I already have my October Status Page ready to go. I like to know where these are in my Bullet Journal because it’s something that I need to look at every day and I don’t want to spend the time looking for it.
There are a few things that I don’t like to put in my Index, and these things would be my Journaling pages and my Individual weekly or daily pages. I don’t mark my journaling pages because I don’t like people being able to go right to something as personal as my journaling pages. Since these pages contain really personal thoughts and feelings I don’t like the idea of someone being able to go to it right away. I don’t and won’t write down what page my daily in depth planning is. This is because I will use up my entire index if I attempt to do this, and I don’t want that. So in order to have room to mark things that really matter I just don’t mark those.
So that’s a little bit about my Index in my Bullet Journal, and hopefully it gives you an idea of what you’re able to put in or how you can use your index. I find that this makes it a lot easier to keep up and use my index as intended.
I hope to talk to you again soon,