I’m usually a few steps behind the “latest and greatest new thing” so bare with me, but I just discovered a new journaling idea called “bullet journals”. I wear many hats and keeping my hats straight can be an issue, so yeah, that dreaded “time management skills” rears it’s ugly head.
A bullet journal is more than a calendar or to do list, it takes those two, add in a journaling/diary section, and you got the basis for the bullet journal. I probably described this probably poorly but there will be links to ideas and such.
I have a tendency to over-schedule myself which ends up with me being not as productive as I wish. Let’s be honest, having a “to do list” that doesn’t get done leaves you in a crappy mood. Well, fret no more! The bullet journal let’s you have a monthly calendar, a daily log to not just keep you organized, but also to help log what is going on that day, and an index at the front helps you to find your information easily.
This system helps to organize your thoughts, log events that happened that day, help to keep you focused and on task, and also can have many personal touches. Examples:
- Go to Post Office
- Defrost chicken for dinner
- New book from your favorite author you want to read
- New knitting pattern (I’m an avid knitter) I want to try out
- Significant Other brought me flowers
- Random idea for blog
- Name of the clerk who is always so kind
- The Daughter made honor roll
The possibilities are endless, although from my research, those who really embrace this say to “Keep it simple stupid” aka KISS, although if you are an artist or doodler, make it as personal as you like, whatever blows your hair back.
Make a list of books or movies you want to enjoy, but instead of crossing them out, use a square, triangle, etc and color those in. This way you can look at your accomplishments and archive them for later (being a historian, archiving, or as my Significant Other says “hoarding” is a beautiful thing). I also like the cataloging system, as this is not a true daily planner with blank pages, you just move on to the next blank page, so in order to know where similar items are just mark the bottom of the page example: 13-14, 21, 35 so you know where other similar items are at, again KISS.
I am going to spend the next couple of days making my own bullet journal, so that I can make the best use of my time, especially with my crazy work schedule coming up. Plus having to write down my goals (especially for Beaux and I) this helps me to see my progress or lack of, help to keep me focused, and maybe, just maybe, let me make the bst use of my time for myself, my job, my family, and even my riding partner Beaux.
Here are some links to bullet journals, ideas, and layouts. Happy journaling!