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Bullet Journaling For Beginners: Key Page

I remember the first time I started bullet journaling. I had spent two entire days watching bullet journal video’s on YouTube and I knew this was something I wanted to try. Before this, I had tried diaries, line a day books but nothing could capture my attention for more than a week. I hoped that with bullet journaling I finally found a way to get a bit more structure in my life and that it would be something I would be able to keep up with. But after buying the notebook and watching all the video’s the difficult part starts. The actual journal part… I was so confused about where to start and what kind of pages I needed to make. To make your start a little bit easier I came up with the bullet journaling for beginners series, where I talk you through the different kind of spreads and how to start journaling!

The first thing you will need to set up in a new journal is a key page. In a bullet journal key is a reference page where you can write down all the different symbols you will use to write down your appointments, tasks etc. The creator of the bullet journal method Ryder Carol came up with multiple symbols and meanings to get a quick and clear look at what your week will look like. The official symbols and meanings are as followed:


Task: The task is for regular tasks such as: writing a blog post, get groceries, work on a school report. When a task is completed you can cross it off.

Migrating: When the day is over and you haven’t finished one of your tasks, you can migrate it to a later day. Instead of crossing off the task you will put an arrow turning right > over the dot. After this, you write down the task on another day.

Scheduling: Scheduled tasks are tasks that are specified for a certain time. Such as a meeting which you need to schedule in your monthly spread or future spread.

In the beginning, the difference between migrating and scheduling was very unclear to me. To make it more clear for all of you, I did some research. A migrated task is a simple task that doesn’t have a specific time or date. It is just something you had to do that day, for example, call the dentist but you did not have time and you migrate it to the day after. A scheduled task occurs when you are for example at work and your co-worker plans a meeting. You write down the meeting in your daily activities because it takes too much time to write it in your future log. At the end of the day, you can schedule this task by writing it in your future spread of monthly spread. (hope this helped a bit)

Task irrelevant: When you wrote down a task and you don’t have to do it anymore you write a line through the entire task.

Events: Events can be anything with a specific date and time. For example, a work meeting, having coffee with a friend or school hours. The same method of crossing off and migrating can be applied to the event symbols.

Of course, you don’t need to use all of these symbols, just the ones that are useful for you. For example, I never use the scheduled symbol and I made my own symbol for school deadlines. When you are just starting your journal I recommend making a key page, just so you can learn the different symbols.


A great method to use when you are new to bullet journaling and all the different symbols, is to make a cheat sheet on a sticky note. When you are working on your weekly or daily spread you can posts it on the page so you don’t have to go back to your key page every time you don’t know what symbol to use.


2018 – My first year of bullet journaling
2019 (January – June)
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2019 (July – December)

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