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Bullet journal: Visual language

Visualising notes.

Last week I covered my note-taking system in Bullet Journal article. This week I want to cover some of the nitty-gritty details.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a visual person. So when I write to my journal, I use a system of symbols to find things like todo lists and ideas faster. Icons that I use are straightforward, so they look beautiful even with my bad drawing.

As I mentioned in Bullet Journal, I start each page by writing the current month on top of it and then split my entries between days (02-09).


A friend of mine calls me a productivity ninja every time we meet. Surly I used to be one, but not any more.

These days I don’t use a fancy productivity management system anymore. I try to stick to one or two projects at a time. Can’t hold more than that in my head anyway. For 2020 my calendar has one scheduled event. Nowadays:

I pick a direction. Then do daily steps/tasks in that direction. No over planning.

Every morning during breakfast, I write into my journal the day task list proposal:

then mark the task execution order. Tasks marked with ! have to be done on that day. The rest if there’s time. I let the task list be a guide, not a source of guilt.

There are a few more productivity icons that I use:

There are a few more icons I want to share that I use.


Idea logging represents a significant part of my creative process. Ever since I’ve done regular morning brainstorming for a few months, I get ideas all the time throughout the day. When they pop up, I simply write them down and categorise them:

These days I’m really generating a lot of ideas, and there’s simply not enough time to execute on all of them. I complete the ideas that require short execution immediately. The rest lend on my computer in a dedicated place I call Idea brewery where they roast for a while. I execute on the ideas that I still find interesting in a few days/weeks/months. More on the Idea brewery in the upcoming articles.


Those icons are used to write down thoughts and anything else that might come across my desk throughout the day.

Joining symbols

Joined symbols are another handy thing:

Few examples:

There are plenty of other combinations that one could use.


In this article, I listed a few logos that I find useful. Though you should play around and find out what suits you.

Every time I need a new logo, I perform a Google search: word + logo/graphic/emoji. After the search through the pictures, I usually find an idea that’s simple to draw.

I maybe use 3-5 different entry types a day. I keep updating the way I use the Bullet journal every day. In fact, I made a few changes while writing this article.

In the next piece, I’ll cover a few more tips on how to make the most out of the Bullet journal.

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