There are a lot of fads out there and the bullet journal may be one of them, but it is one that is worth considering for the organizationally impaired like myself. For those who have yet to hear about the bullet journal, watch this video for a quick overview of how it works.
I like Tsh Oxenreider’s approach to the bullet journal– “there is no right way to do it…don’t let perfection keep you from trying.” In other words, the journal does not have to be pretty. It can be, but that is not its intended purpose. Bullet journaling is an analog system to keep track of stuff all in one place.
There is no right way to do it…don’t let perfection keep you from trying.
Here is what piqued my interest when I first heard of the bullet journal:
My thoughts, “to-dos”, calendar, ideas, and such are in many different places- some digitally and some on paper. I’m scatter-brained anyway, so it makes sense that this is so. With the bullet journal, I am able to force myself to condense most things into one central location, making it not only easier to find stuff, but also more manageable to keep up with. Before the bullet journal I would punch in reminders on the Reminders app on my phone, list ideas, lists, and simple planning into Evernote, and have an analog homeschool calendar along with the calendar on my phone that is synced with my husband’s calendar. I would find that something would be included on one calendar, but not the other, which wasn’t a big deal since my most accurate calendar is the one on my phone, but still…it became a whole mess.
I still have a personal journal that I write in and my calendar on my phone, but most of my planning happens in my bullet journal.
Here is how I use mine:
I use the Moleskine Professional Notebook that has a file pocket in the back with colored stickers to mark pages. It already has page numbers indicated in the contents section, and has lines sectioned off throughout that I can use to organize my planning. The Leuchtturm Dots journal is a popular one, and you can design it the way you want. A spiral notebook from the Dollar Tree does the job too. It doesn’t really matter, but I like a sturdy, clean notebook that will last me a bit.
What is in the bullet journal anyway?
- This is where I keep track of the contents in my journal.
- This is the long-range view of what the next six months will look like (see first photo above)
3. Monthly Plan
- Two pages are opened up with the left side dedicated to long range monthly planning, and the other side for tasks and events. Anything that is not completed in the previous month but still needs to get done can be pushed over to the current month on the month’s task page.
4. Daily Tasks
- Here is where I write my daily to-do list. To the left of each task or event I label it with a signifier, which is a symbol I come up with to indicate what will be accomplished. A square for a task, a dot for something I need to remember, a triangle for an event, etc.
- In my index, I designate a section for what is known as “Collections.” This is any ongoing list that I want to complete like, “Books to Read,” “Projects to Complete,” “Blog Post Ideas,” etc.