The quieter you become the more you can hear. –Ram Dass

Migrating content is a cornerstone of the Bullet Journal. Once you’ve hit your second month of journaling, take a glance at your previous entries. See any unresolved Tasks? “X” out your completed Tasks and assess whether the remaining open Tasks are still relevant.

If a Task has become irrelevant, strike out the whole line, starting from the center of Task Bullet itself. If the Task still needs your attention, migrate it by turning the “•” into “>”. This signifies that you’ve migrated that Task, then add it to the Task Page of your new Monthly Log or into a Collection.

You also have the option of migrating scheduled Tasks and Events from the Future Log. When you’re setting up your new Monthly Log, check your Future Log. Are there any items you scheduled for this month? If so, migrate those items from the Future Log into the new Monthly Log.

It may seem like a lot of effort to rewrite items over and over, but that’s intentional. This process makes you pause and consider each item. If an entry isn’t worth the effort to rewrite, then it’s probably not that important. Get rid of it.The purpose of Migrating is to distill the things that are truly worth the effort, so we can become aware of our own patterns and habits, and to separate the signal from the noise.

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About Ryder Carroll

Ryder is the creator of the Bullet Journal. He's a Brooklyn-based digital product designer and art director.
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  • Carissa Buchan

    Hi, what does this sign: < signify?

    • Brandon Walowitz

      scheduled. It’s pointing backwards to the future log, where you schedule it.

  • Harman D

    Should one wait for the month for migration? I understand that there can be weekly migration as well to suit the needs. But what of the task is not completed in one day. Should it be re written on the next day’s daily log?

    • Héctor Leone

      Does anyone know answer this question?

      • gamesbook

        Yes; add it to the next day. I’d mark “in progress” (partially shaded if you are using blocks) and then “arrow it” to migrate it to the next day (or whenever).

  • Once I migrate a task from Future Log to Monthly Log, which one do I mark with “<"? The one sitting in Future Log or Monthly Log?

  • pmdci

    If we migrate tasks and notes to a collection, how do we signify that it has been migrated to a collection, instead of the future log?

    That is, how do collections work in conjunction with the daily, monthly and future logs? DO we duplicate the entries?

  • Jeannette N.

    What do you/people do with notes (marked by a dash) i.e. the sign ” – ” ? Notes are taken on a daily basis and may be interspersed amongst the daily tasks and events of the day. When wrapping up.a day, week or month and migrating tasks, rescheduling events etc. what do you do with the notes (dash-items)? Do you just a) leave them open, or b) cross them so you don’t re-read them every time you scan the list to find and close or migrate open tasks and thereby waste time rereading or c) create a sub-index page to refind notes spread throughouht the journal etc.? Not all notes need to go to a collections and it may be too much effort to rewrite the notes. I look forward to hearing how you handle Notes (dash-items) efficiently. Regards Jeannette