Did you finally decide to take a leap and start your very first Bullet Journal (congrats!), but got stuck on what is a bullet journal key?

How to pick the right symbols for it?

When I first started I was very very confused myself.

I wanted to be more productive, but instead of that I was wasting so much time on the internet trying to set it all up. 

Without the Brainbook – ebook about Bullet Journaling, my life would still be overwhelming and probably still would not be sure what and how to set up something basic like a key.

Check this ebook out, if you are still in the process, as everything is explained so well.

Supplies Needed for Bullet Journal Key:

  1. Fineliner pen:
    My favorite are: SakuraPentel and Faber Castell
  2. Highlighters:
    My favorite are: Zebra Midliner, Stabilo Boss Highlighters.
  3. Brush Pens:
    My favorite are: TomBow Colored and Black Brush pens.
  4. Bullet Journal: 
    My favorite are: Leuchtturm1917, Dingbats and Moleskine.  
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Why use Bullet Journal Key?

It is the language of your Bullet Journal:

  •  Easily gives you context what a certain thing means
  • Acts as a reminder to what different symbols, and letters mean in your journal
  • Broken usually into 2 parts: labels and signifiers.


It should be  decided from the very start and usually is placed in the first few pages of your Bullet Journal.

How to set up your Bullet Journal key?

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Before you start, remember it should be a system that will work for YOU.

It needs to be functional first, it can become pretty later.

Especially at the very start, function is a priority over beauty.

Part 1: Set up your Labels

Labels usually consist of tasks, events and notes.

1. Tasks: the things that you need to do.

You will need to decide what the symbol will be for: task, task in progress, task migrated, cancelled and completed.

It can be circles, squares, up to you!

2. Events: such as doctor’s appointment.
Decide a symbol for this as well. For some it is a triangle, for some it is a square. 

3. Notes: It is not an actionable item but usually a thing that you want to remember. 

Usually it is a simple “-” dash sign. 

But really up to you.

It can be stickers, stamps, symbols. You come up with them, as well as use the original set up.

Step 2: Set up your signifiers

Signifiers: those are small color codes or characters that will help you to prioritise tasks and when taking notes, make everything much more clear.

Select a symbol/color for following: urgent, deadline, do not forget.

Finally, the bullet journal key will be unique for everyone.

There is no right or wrong way to do it.

Just start and copy from someone that you like, then develop into your own ideas and their way to do it.

The way I set up my Bullet Journal was with the help of this ebook:Brainbook – Bullet Journaling to a more organised life.

When I got it, it was like a best friend who explained —in detail—exactly how to make bullet journaling work for me, my style and my (crazy) schedule, fast.  This ebook guide will do just that for you.

Oh, and did I mention you will also get 3 exclusive BONUSES if you buy it today.

If I were you, I would make this investment in yourself, your future and your productivity, because it helped me. I am sure it will help you!

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This is very minimal design. I think this is a great ideas for newbie bullet journaler.

In order to do this, you will need a black fine-liner, markers, ruler and a dotted notebook

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Did you manage to start your Bullet Journal? If not, then look no further.

There’s a LOT of information on the internet about bullet journaling, but Brainbook breaks down the core elements of what you need to know in a way that’s easy to understand and relevant to your life…all in one convenient place.

With this comprehensive bullet journaling roadmap by your side, you’ll know exactly how to set up your journal for success from start to finish!