Why you Need a Bullet Journal in 2019!


What is a bullet journal exactly?

Basically, a bullet journal is a special way of note and list making, BUT it is pretty fantastic in that you can completely make it your own and it is flexible according to what you need to use it for. Also it is SUPER fun to create and design your own bullet journal.

“It is best described as a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system. It’s designed to help you organize your what while you remain aware of your why. The goal of the Bullet Journal is to help its practitioners (bullet journalists) live intentional lives, ones that are productive and meaningful.”

Where did the Bullet Journal originate?

Bullet Journal® (or BuJo® for short) was created by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer and author living in Brooklyn, NY. Diagnosed with learning disabilities early in life, he was forced to figure out alternate ways to be focused and productive. Through years of trial and error, he developed a methodology that went far beyond simple organization. Now he focuses on helping others learn what the Bullet Journal method is truly about: the art of intentional living.

Why you need a bullet journal as a Virtual Assistant

I am sure I am not alone in this scenario: as a woman I have 1 million thoughts and ideas crossing my mind every few milliseconds and have so many platforms that I have used, all at once! I have used Wunderlist for tasks, Asana for project sharing, Evernote for longer notes, pieces of paper everywhere, hundreds of notebooks with random notes and doodles, sticky notes stuck to my pc with affirmations and notes all over the notebook app on my iPhone! 🙂 As you can see this is all slightly all over the place, until I discovered bullet journaling.

As a fempreneur and business owner, you will have so much to take into consideration and remember in order to stay on top of what needs to be done personally and professionally. It is a known fact that having stuff and notes lying all over will automatically make you feel overwhelmed and way too stressed out, which obvs you don’t need in your life.

A bullet journal will help you get SUPER organised and stay on track, with everything in one place that you need to succeed.

Where do you begin?

It may seem pretty archaic in the times that we are living in, but all you need to begin is literally a notebook and a pen? Awesome hey?


If you are anything like me, you probably have 5000 incomplete notebooks lying around. My advice is to give them away to schools in need, recycle them OR use one of them to start your bullet journal!

If you prefer to start from scratch, you can get some really nice and inexpensive notebooks on Takealot (if you are based in South Africa): or Ebay if you are based internationally.


You can use any pen you have lying around or get a decent pen if you so prefer. Again there are so many nice, inexpensive options on Takealot (South Africa based) or Ebay (internationally based). I am someone who adores colors, so have purchased a ton of various color pens and Koki’s for my bullet journal.

This is how easy it is to get started:


You will need to determine what symbols you would like to use throughout your bullet journal. Be clear about which symbol is for what task/item. This is an example from Ryder:


Monthly Overview

Every month you can create a monthly overview of what the month looks like ahead: with goals, important dates, tasks and ideas jotted down. You can use your different colors, create doodles and make this entry very pretty.

Daily and/or Weekly Notes

You can choose dependent on what suits you best to layout a weekly planner on a Sunday evening, wine in hand, when everything is nice and quiet for you or first thing Monday morning. I myself prefer a daily entry, to ensure that I keep myself accountable for what needs to be done every day.


It would be a good idea to include your symbol next to the item you have allocated in the index in the front of the book, so you can refer back to this if you forget.


Image reference: https://www.thesil.ca/pencilling-bullet-journalling-101

Ideas of what to put in your bullet journal:

  • Appointments
  • Blog post topics
  • Newsletter topics
  • Upcoming travel
  • Grocery lists
  • Social media ideas
  • Marketing ideas
  • Habit tracking
  • Memories
  • Affirmations
  • Fitness tracking
  • Meal planning
  • Goal rewards

More on Ryder Carroll

I would highly advise checking out Ryder’s site (https://bulletjournal.com/) and sign up for the newsletter, if you do so you will receive the following:

  1. Get the first two Chapters of The Bullet Journal Method.
  2. Get access to our reference guide (available 20+ languages!)
  3. Be the first to know about news, tips, and deals.

I would love to hear how your bullet journals are going, feel free to drop me an email: melissa@melissanicholson.com