Bloggers: All You Need to Know About Bullet Journaling

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All the rage!

Or, have you not heard?

Keeping a bullet journaling notebook is a recent trend even in blogging circles.

Here’s the deal: Keeping a bullet journaling notebook is all the rage especially among bloggers.

Guest author Rose Martin is here to explain what this new fad is and how keeping a bullet journaling notebook benefits you as a blogger.

This post explains how you can use a bullet journaling notebook to boost your traffic, make more effective plans, and even boost your income.

How to Use a Bullet Journaling Notebook to Organize Your Blog

by Rose Martin

Blogging by no means is a cakewalk! As a blogger, you almost certainly have to juggle multiple roles: creative thinker, marketer, graphic designer, content writer, editor, photographer, artist, social media manager, and administrator. Juggling these hats is necessary in order to successfully establish your blog.

The most flourishing bloggers have set ways to organize their blog. If you are looking for an effective method to manage your online connections, monitor your blog performance, and record new ideas, the bullet journal notebook can help you manage these tasks with ease.

The bullet journaling notebook tips shared in this post will help you systematize your life and perk up your blog traffic and revenue month-on-month.

  1. Adopt a System That Works for You

The beauty of bullet journaling is that you are in complete control of the pages you want to include.

Ryder Carroll, the founder of the bullet journal system, shares in an interview with CNBC that this system is meant to evolve alongside your requirements. Customize your journal as per your needs in order to keep track of all your blog-related activities.

2. Include the required elements.

Here are a few basic elements that must be included in your bullet journal notebook:

Index

The index will carry all the crucial sections you want to incorporate into your journal. Leave enough space for sections you may need to add at a later stage.

Collections

Collections are primarily of three types; however, depending on your blog needs, you can divide your journal into sections with similar ideas.

  1. Future Log: Here you can note down the scheduled activities and events in advance. Graph your pages into 12 sections (for the 12 months) to store things you need to do in the future.
  2. Monthly Log: Dedicate a whole spread to jot down your monthly calendar plan. Leave enough space to enter short notes and events during the month.

3. Include a Daily Log: In this section, you can manage your daily blog activities and notes in order of their occurrence.

You can add other collections, namely mission and goals, editorial calendar, statistics tracker, social media usernames and passwords, and blog post ideas.

4. Use Rapid Logging

Rapid logging uses bullets and signifiers, enabling you to make journal entries in a super-efficient manner. Here are a few short-hand notations that you can use in your journal.

  • = New task

√ = Completed task

– = Note to self

O = An event

$ = Expenditures

* = Priority task

! = Inspiration

5. Task Migration

At the end of each month, review your performance and shift all unresolved tasks to the next page, ensuring that they eventually get done. Create a chart to figure out what worked, what didn’t, and the things you need to do in order to organize your blog in a better way.

Make a conscious habit to make entries into your bullet journal notebook every day, enabling you to organize your tasks, track your blog performance, and manage your time effectively.

From bucket and tasks lists to books to read and trackers, you can have an endless list of collections in your journal. Every month depending on the nature of your blog, add collections that boost your productivity and discontinue the ones that do not add any value.

For instance, if you are a health and fitness blogger, you may include collections, such as the index page, the vision and the mission page, the annual goals page, the monthly spread, the weekly spread, the master task list, the editorial calendar, the social media and the income tracker, the healthy habits tracker, the password tracker, the fitness centers visited and reviewed, the websites you want to submit blog posts, and new recipes ideas.

6. Create a Monthly Master Plan

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A monthly calendar layout gives you a complete picture of the goals you need to accomplish and show the responsibilities, the events, and the holidays scheduled for the month. Thus, if you are a travel blogger, you may have to plan multiple blogs during festivals or summer breaks as your target audience may be looking for holiday-related ideas and tips during this time.

Similarly, if your blog’s mission is to invite members of a particular community to share their experience and opinions, the monthly calendar can help you schedule your blog posts, enabling you to engage your audience in the best possible way.

For instance, Practo’s blog enjoys multiple post submissions that are written by doctors and other healthcare specialists on a daily basis. Bloggers managing such interactive blogs can use the 2-page monthly spread to post evergreen content in a structured manner.

Once you have your month’s layout ready, break your tasks into weeks and days to help you focus on the important and urgent activities. Thus, maintaining a monthly planner will help you prioritize the critical blog activities, enabling you to make the best use of your time and energy.

7. Include an Editorial Calendar

An editorial calendar or the blog post schedule will enable you to visualize and organize your blog posts, offering relevant, well-thought, and well-timed content to your subscribers. It will also help you manage your posts across all the social media accounts in a single chart.

For instance, a red dot on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram would mean that the content has been posted and is live on these sites. On the other hand, a blue circle with an ‘N’ inside it implies that you have posted a new article on these sites.

8. Maintain Project Trackers

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Incorporating trackers in your bullet journal notebook will help you assess your social media performance, the expenditures, the income generated, and the time spent on blog-related activities such as responding to messages and comments and publishing a new post.

For instance, the social media tracker can be used to analyze the monthly traffic on your blog, the number of impressions, and the customer conversion rate. Log in to your social media page and note down the number of followers, page views, and the number of new visitors in order to study the audience response to your posts. This information will help you set new goals and modify your content according to the audience’s preferences.

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Similarly, a habit tracker can help you stay on the path that leads you to your goals. You can track activities, namely writing a new post, responding to your audience on social media, sending emails to your subscribers, launching a newsletter, meditating, and/or pursuing a special interest.

9. Create an Inspiration Board

As a blogger, you will need to come up with innovative ways to engage your readers and increase the traffic on your blog. Include a page where you can jot down new ideas and random notes in an organized manner, enabling you to store them safely for future reference.

Write down your reflections and memories using a combination of doodles and words, allowing you to look back and analyze your blog’s performance. For instance, during the month you may have thoroughly enjoyed working overtime when responding to the numerous comments made by your readers on a specific post. Such episodes are worth noting as they offer valuable insights with respect to your audience’s likes and dislikes.

Bullet journaling notebook

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As a blogger, you have to keep a track of all the data, the plans, the events, and the activities, without losing sight of your goals. Using the above-mentioned bullet journaling tips will not only help you boost your productivity but also put you on the path to creative organization.

Readers, please share so bloggers learn how to be more organized and efficient using the bullet journaling notebook.

 

 

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  1. Jeanette S. Hall at 8:09 am

    Bullet journaling seems way to complicated for me! Would have to waste too much time trying to incorporate the process into my blogging time. Hope the people who find it helpful end up with a successful blogging system!

    • Janice Wald at 9:55 am

      Hi Jeannette,
      Thank you for writing. It sounds to me like shorthand which I studied in high school. I still use a form if it even when I write today. W. = with. Q = question. As you said, once you get used to a system, it can make you more organized.
      Janice

  2. Ryan Biddulph at 3:36 pm

    Seems like a cool way to order your thoughts Rose. Bullet journals get you on purpose. Sometimes our minds and thoughts wander like the breeze, creating scatter and anxiety. Bullet journaling is like an anchor in a sometimes turbulent mind. Fab breakdown!

    • Janice Wald at 2:26 am

      Hi Ryan,
      What beautiful metaphors to describe bullet journals. I agree. They help us focus our minds. The creative symbols make this fun as well as practical. Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

  3. Gigi at 7:48 pm

    When I started blogging, I kept a journal to keep organized, but everything kept getting messier and messier. I now have my notes spread out over 3-4 notebooks. Reorganizing them would be great, but it would take a crazy amount of time. Bullet journaling is a great idea; though I don’t know if it’ll just add to my notebook hoard…

    • Janice Wald at 2:29 am

      Hi Gigi,
      Thanks for your comments. I use a notebook, but it’s the same notebook for all my notes. I normally have one little one for my linky party selections and one large one for to-do lists. It works! I tried keeping them in apps which I never looked at. Keeping notes in good ole fashioned notebooks makes me feel organized.
      Janice

  4. flokiandre at 11:01 pm

    I’m also trying to become a blogger, so I kept a journal to organize, but it really gets down. So better than reorganizing I thought that bullet journaling must be an impact idea. After reading your post felt better..

  5. Jeremy Kyle Corpuz at 4:44 am

    I’m never an organized person. Always clumsy and forgetful thats why when I started blogging recently I tried to improve. Using my notepad in my phone and physical notepad I put down all ideas and respective date so I won’t forget. That’s why thank you for sharing your note system. I glad I have something to follow now rather than just making jumble system.
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    • Janice Wald at 1:23 pm

      Hi Jeremy,
      What a great idea! I’ve never heard of becoming a blogger to become more organized. Inspired idea! I agree. Blogging is for extremely regimented people. I blog and work outside the home as a teacher. Blogging has definitely made me more organized! I’m glad my post about using the bullet journaling notebook system helped your productivity. Thanks for writing to tell me.
      Janice

  6. Pam at 9:19 am

    I have a couple of brand new bullet journals that I’m excited about using. I think I’m more excited about the creative aspect than the organizational one though! I know it will help keep me on track better though. Thanks for sharing.

    • Janice Wald at 9:21 am

      Hi Pam,
      I’m a big believer in staying organized by keeping notebooks. I have 2– one for my linky party notes and a bigger one for everything else. I color code and I use a form of short hand. I don’t use pictures but my guest author’s bullet journal article may inspire me to start. Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald at 12:42 pm

      Hi Michael,
      What high praise! Thank you for your compliments! Actually, I didn’t realize until I read your comments that my notebook does complement my online notetaking apps. Thanks for the reminder and for your comments.
      Janice

  7. Kathryn Maclean at 8:44 am

    Thanks Janice for this bullet journaling info. Great post!
    I started a new note book and included the collection step by step advice you have given.
    I made a bullet calendar in my notebook, with pretty doodles around it. A wall calendar for appointments and family things, Asana for business things that emails myself to remind me of due dates etc. I liked the rapid logging bullets to incorporate in writing notes. I also use a plugin in WordPress for an editorial calendar for my blogging posts.A master list for tasks like social media tracking and websites to submit posts to, is another good idea that I am adding. Thanks! Shared on my Fb page.

    • Janice Wald at 11:45 am

      Hi Kathryn,
      I’m excited you liked the post about how to bullet journal that I published. Thanks for writing to tell me.
      Question for you: Near the end of your comments you said “a master list…for websites to submit posts to.”
      What purpose is this for? Guest posting? Backlinks? Content Curation?
      Do you have a post on this method you can send me the link to?
      Thanks.
      Janice
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