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Art Journal Every Day: Bullet Journaling - Part 1

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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:

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  • To make my life easier, I have a little tag where I wrote down the formula for my weekly spread:

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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:

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  • I use a red pen for to-dos:

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  • 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."

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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