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Art Journal Every Day: Bullet Journaling Part 3

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If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here.  All of the previous posts can be found archived here.  Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day!  No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek.  Even if you're not on social media, you can see everything (from twitter, pinterest, instagram, and facebook) that uses that hashtag here. 

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have fallen in love with Bullet Journaling. I thought that today I would answer the questions and concerns I got about Bullet Journaling and share some of the wisdom from other Bullet Journalers.

(And don't worry.  I still have my daily art journal and I've been making things in it. I'll be sharing some paint and color drenched pages very soon!)

One of the key points of the Bullet Journal is it's flexibility to accommodate different methods of tracking, planning, and journaling.

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I visited Sue's blog and found this pic of her Bullet Journals:

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Two thoughts from me:

ONE: I love that Sue says she's changed things up more times than she can count.  Me too!  But, that's why I didn't buy a pre-printed planner.  I have a certain way of organizing things and it's important to me that my Bullet Journal reflects the way my brain works.

TWO: I am fascinated that Sue keeps two journals -- one for work and one for home.  It makes sense.  I know lots of people who have a work phone and a personal phone and it really helps them to keep the two separate. 

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The time ladder is *the best* invention.  And note how Kim says "task oriented lives."  The time ladder was built for those who are task oriented.  Here's how it works:

I divide each of my days into three sections: morning, afternoon, evening. 

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Some people mark out every hour, but that doesn't work for me.

Then I write in any appointments I have in black pen:

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleverydayI do this process at the beginning of each week.  So that I can see how busy or open the week is.

Then each morning -- or sometimes the night before -- I add my planned tasks for the day with a red pen.

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleverydayI use an arrow to mark out when that time period is filled.  It's usually a guesstimate.  Sometimes tasks run over the allotted time and sometimes they get done more quickly. 

For me, the time ladder is far better than a to-do list.  Each day I have a realistic snapshot of how much I can likely get done that day. It also forces me to think about how long tasks should take, which I find vital to my productivity.  The time ladder keeps me on track.

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I admit that I felt exactly the same way before I started doing it. So I timed myself: It took me 12.5 minutes to set up my weekly grid.  I even put together a fast forward video of the process for you to watch:

As you can see, I set up my grid, filled out my appointments, and jotted down some vital tasks -- all in 12.5 minutes.  I usually do this set up every Sunday night.  Now, admittedly I don't do the fancy Bullet Journaling.  Mine is very simple and functional.  But, for me, 12.5 minutes each week is doable.

BUT, Joy has a great idea if that still feels like too much time:

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I love Joy's approach to her Bullet Journal -- it's so relaxed and casual.  Awesome!

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I visited Beth's blog and found these photos of her Bullet Journal stamps:

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I love the idea of using hand carved stamps to mark out the days and months in my Bullet Journal. It's what I do in my regular art journal, but it didn't occur to me to bring it over to my Bullet Journal!

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I think that Deb really hit the nail on the head: the Bullet Journal is the love child of the planner and the notebook.  I would also describe mine as convenient and efficient.  Also functional.  A functional tool.

Speaking of functional:

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Great tip, Beth!   And food shopping isn't the only kind of shopping you can prepare for in your BuJo:

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Like Laura, I really like the idea of cataloguing.  I'm not sure that it's something I could keep up with for everything, but I do make paint color charts all the time and if I had them with me at the art supply store it would mean that I would stop purchasing doubles of things!  Hmmmm...probably better to glue them into my BuJo than leave them where they are -- hanging on the wall.  I rarely reference them -- unless I'm ordering paint online!

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Best advice ever: It is too hard to try everything at once.  (And if you're interested in reading about Ben Franklin's self-improvement, I found this short article.)  I've been thinking a lot about why I dropped out of my daily art journaling habit for most of The 100 Day Project and I've come to the conclusion that it was just too many things to do every day.  And actually, one of the reasons I like the Bullet Journal is that it doesn't feel like an additional burden of another project.  Rather, it feels like it's helping me to get all those projects done!

I don't know whether or not a Bullet Journal is right for you, but I have found it to be a wonderfully flexible tool that has greatly helped my productivity.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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