My history with the BulletJournal method spans a period of approximately five years. Before that I was using iCalendar for appointments and study-related deadlines, a notebook for taking study notes and separate notebooks for goal visualization, sports progress and business ideas. My backpack was heavy on most days.
I was looking for a centralized, lightweight, quick way to keep to-do lists, track habits, write down business and blog ideas; a way where I wouldn’t have to worry about battery charges and nonsense frills.
Enter Ryder Carroll’s BulletJournal method. After stumbling upon it online while searching for productivity improvements, I decided to give it a try.
Next thing I know I had ordered a dotted Leuchtturm1917 and was dusting off my fountain pen.
There are entire Facebook groups and subreddits devoted to this method, filled with calligraphy and decorative designs but I prefer to stick to the original, minimalist approach. I’m not going to explain how it works – enough is to be found on the miracle that is the Internet; just Ecosia it or click on the first link. I will just tell you what goes into my BuJo.
What I enter into my BulletJournal:
- Monthly / Weekly calendar,
- Daily to-do lists, filled in every evening beforehand and checked during the day,
- Habits: Pushups/situps/squats, water drinking, rising / bedtime, no PMO, no tobacco
- Blog / Business / Art / Design ideas
How I use my BuJo:
- I start the evening before. I write down a list of things to do the next day;
- During the day, I strike off things when I have done them and keep notes to remember when needed;
- Every Sunday evening, I revise the week and think about what I want to do next week.
This works for me because:
- It’s portable – I can take my notebook everywhere (and I do);
- It’s quick – the system is efficient. The BuJo method is about quickly jotting down ideas and activities, and quickly striking them off. It’s a means to an end, not a goal in itself;
- It’s centralized – I can add or remove any subject I need or don’t need anymore.
Hope to have informed you. Until the next time.