My personal journal, planner and bullet journal are tools I consider my “ride or dies.” These tools are where I dump daily to-do lists. They are also the space where I build and cultivate my programs. I have used a journal almost daily since the third grade and they will always have a special place for me. I find writing out ideas on paper to be so powerful. It’s too easy to become distracted by notifications and apps on a computer or phone. When I want to concentrate and formulate ideas it happens with pen and paper.
So what is a bullet journal?
Bullet journaling created by Ryder Carroll, a New York-based designer, set out to tackle this head on from his notebook. In the early 2000’s, Ryder developed the Bullet Journal, an analog system designed to be a to-do list, diary, notebook, and sketchbook. My favorite aspect is the ability to organize your entries with the index.
1. Rapid logging – a system of taking notes very quickly using page numbers, titles, and different bullet icons to distinguish steps you have taken with tasks.
2. Modules – allow you to organize the notes you are taking in different ways. There is a page at the beginning where you add the titles for all your entries so you can very quickly refer to them later.
3. Monthly log – a calendar and monthly task list.
4. Migration – transferring over only the most relevant pieces from one week or month to the next.
Takeaway: You can reduce the amount of things you have to do by transferring things by hand. If a task isn’t worth the time to rewrite it, it’s probably not important. Spend time with things that are important and be mindful of how you spend your time. Do you, Bullet journaling is about creating systems that work for you, to organize then things that are important.