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I have fallen in love with Bullet Journaling. I am obsessed. Obsessed!
What is Bullet Journaling? I'm so glad that you asked! A while ago I posted a link to the article that got me excited about it.
I thought Bullet Journaling and all those fancy planners were incredibly stupid:
- Why would I do that when I use Google Calendar?! Well, I still use Google Calendar, but I use my BuJo (Bullet Journal) for nitty gritty planning. This will become more clear later in this post.
- Why would I spend all that time making a pretty planner? Isn't it supposed to be practical?! My bad, it is practical and the pretty comes later! (Or not at all.)
- Would I ever really use a paper planner?! As it turns out, absolutely yes! Every single day! I have always written notes and to dos down on pieces of paper that litter my life. My Bullet Journal is the perfect receptacle for all those lists and notes. I no longer have to search high and low for, "that piece of paper I just had in my hand."
Today I'm going to share the basic concept behind the way I do my weekly spread -- the heart of my Bullet Journal:
- I use a dot grid notebook.
- I use my own version of a "time ladder" organizational system. A time ladder is usually a vertical organization of your day, broken down by hours. That concept doesn't quite work for me, so I use a ladder broken up into morning, afternoon, evening, and notable. As a freelancer, this really helps me organize my work day. This has been quite a revelation and really made me more productive.
- I draw out the grid for each week:
- To make my life easier, I have a little tag where I wrote down the formula for my weekly spread:
All I need to do is count the dots (that's what the numbers represent) and then draw a line.
- After drawing the grid, I fill in the basics (dates and appointments) for the week with a black pen:
- I use a red pen for to-dos:
- I don't necessarily fill in all the to-dos for the week at once. I put "big picture" to-dos in the area at the top of the page. And then often, the night before, I fill in the to-dos for the next day.
- The time ladder allows me to see what "free time" I have in a given day to get stuff done.
- I use the classic Bullet Journaling system for marking to-dos:
- All tasks are marked with a bullet.
- Migrated tasks -- tasks that did not get accomplished -- are marked with an arrow (with the original bullet point incorporated as the arrow) indicating that they have been moved to another day.
- Completed tasks are "x-ed" out, with the with original bullet point incorporated into the center of the "x."
- As the week goes on, I'll use a blue pen to write in any personal notes or reflections. In this way, my Bullet Journal becomes a memory tool.
- Once the week is over, I'll add in quotes and decorations. Not right away. Instead, I treat the empty spaces in my Bullet Journal Weekly Spread as doodle opportunities. I simply add bits of color and pattern as I have time.
A Bullet Journal is so much more than a Weekly Spread (and I will share more soon), but the Weekly Spread is definitely my favorite part of it.
Do you Bullet Journal?
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