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January 1 is always a date that looms large in most people's lives. It represents the opportunity to begin anew and start new habits. And it's coming fast. This week I'm going to talk a bit about starting/committing to a Bullet Journal. Next week I'm going to talk a bit about starting/committing to an Art Journal. They're not mutually exclusive. I do both. But you may want to choose just one.
Why Bullet Journal?
- To better organize your daily tasks, especially if you have a schedule with a lot of variety.
- My productivity and adherence to deadlines has gone way up since I started keeping a Bullet Journal.
- It's useful for appointments and really seeing where you have time in your schedule each week.
- To keep all project planning notes together. Whether it's notes from a phone conversation or your own mad scribblings, I find it super useful to have all of that information -- notes, sketches, dates, discussion points, etc. -- together in one place.
But I love electronics!
- I love electronic devices too! I still use Google Calendar -- but I think of it as my long range calendar device. Unlike some Bullet Journalers, the only calendar I keep in my BuJo is a Weekly Spread, which I lay out on Sunday nights. This approach allows me the convenience of the cloud-based calendar along with the visual time planning (for tasks) of the paper calendar. If you haven't checked out my post about using a "time ladder," read it now!
- The Bullet Journal "threading" and index system has taught me how an analog paper notebook can think in a digital retrieval manner. What does that mean? One of the things we love about computers is the ability to retrieve information with a few keystrokes. A well kept index page can be those keystrokes! For example, if I'm looking for my notes on ScanNCut, I can go to the index and see a list of the pages that have ScanNCut information. Same thing if I'm looking for notes from a class I took, or the name of that restaurant I went to in Florida in February, and so on!
So, how do I get started?
- You need a notebook and a pen.
- Additional items that are nice to have: a small ruler, some additional colored pens, some markers, and a pen pouch (the one I linked to attaches to your journal).
- Determine which Bullet Journal tools interest you. The Bullet Journaling tools that I find useful are:
- The great thing about the bullet journal is that it's not a one-size-fits-all system. It's meant for you to customize. I would say that it took me about a month to find the groove that worked for me. Don't get discouraged! Keep tinkering with the system until it work for you!
And now, just for fun, a freebie to get your year of Bullet Journaling started off right! Download this free sheet of printable Bullet Journal/Planner stickers here.
I used the ScanNCut Sticker Starter Kit to create my stickers:
Here is my finished Bullet Journal Weekly Spread. You can see the time ladder in action:
My color coding system is: black (structure of the week -- appointments, etc.), red (tasks), blue (diary style notes).
I don't like to worry about making my pages "pretty" but I have found that the stickers make it super easy to pull together an attractive and functional layout!
I hope you'll consider starting a Bullet Journal! I rolled my eyes the first time and even the second and third times that someone suggested it to me. But, I'm a believer now!
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. I am a paid spokesperson for the Brother ScanNCut. It is a machine that I love and use. All projects and opinions are my own.