Dot-journaling is not just hipster slang for to-do list, it’s a different way of looking at lists altogether.

Here’s what it is and how you can use it (in official dot-journal form aka bullet points):

  • Dot-journaling consists of making many bullet-point lists, and can also be referred to as bullet-journaling
  • All lists are kept within one shared notebook
  • Lists include both long and short term goals, daily tasks, unique codes to distinguish between priorities, other items to remember
  • Example of goals/modules include:
    • Future: the year ahead
    • Ongoing: daily tasks, reading lists, budget plans
    • Big Picture: month ahead
  • Use any notebook of your choosing
  • Use colored pens to help categorize if that inspires you
  • Keep items super short
  • Number journal pages
  • Keep an index with a directory at the front
  • Use symbols to help prioritize (make your own key). Here’s a sample:
• to-do
✗ done
< scheduled
> migrated
– note
○ event
  • Check things off as you complete them
  • This task should not take up much time, unless you want it to
    • Initial set-up can take less than an hour, and then about 10-20 minutes each day

More about this productivity hack:

So What’s the Big Deal Over Dot Journaling?

WTF Is A Bullet Journal And Why Should You Start One?

Dot Journaling―A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together


Prefer to keep your lists online? Try Trello for a free virtual list board with team-sharing capabilities you can access from anywhere.




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