Pictured above is the set up I used to set up my monthly pages for December 2017 in my Bullet Journal. If you’re not familiar with the concept of Bullet Journals, you probably haven’t been to the notebook section of your local book store chain recently; in that case, have a look at the “official” website for this popular system. I’ll wait for you to come back.
The System in a Nutshell
Up to speed? In case you didn’t read it, the short version is that the Bullet Journal is an analog system designed to allow for rapid logging and tracking of virtually anything you want. It was developed by Ryder Carroll but since its inception has taken on a life of its own.
The great thing about Bullet Journal is its flexibility. You can essentially use any notebook you like – and any size you like – to make the system work for you. The pieces in between the pages can be flexible as well, using what works for you from the main system and ditching what doesn’t.
For some people this is a point of contention and has led to people slapping the “bullet journal” label on any hand-written notebook / journal, straying from the “pure” Bullet Journal experience.
I understand where they’re coming from, but really…if it works for you, don’t listen to the naysayers.
How it works for me
I use a pretty loose implementation of the “OG” system. I have a monthly layout where I put all important things for the month, and then from there I write things daily and use the space as needed. Lately I’ve been adding more “thoughts” (probably what you’d call rapid logging) under each day.
Ultimately what this is REALLY doing for me is feeding my addiction to buying pens and notebooks. I haven’t found the perfect notebook yet, and there’s no such thing as a perfect pen. They’re all great. I just can’t use them all at once.
But I find that it does keep me better organized. When I write things down, I tend to remember them better. I know that if I don’t put an item on a ‘to do’ list for the day, it sometimes doesn’t get done. So writing things down makes it easier to commit to memory.
Other than that, I also appreciate that it gives me time to sit and figure out things I need to do, things I’ve accomplished, and so forth. It’s a great tool for that, as one of the notions of the “BuJo” system is to review each month and each year.
I’ve started tracking some daily habits I want to do, and got really excited when I hit 5/5 for the first time (I’ve got max 4/5 all month so far), and I think if I wasn’t deliberately tracking these habits I might not have even taken notice of it.
So check it out – pull out a cheap dollar store notebook and give it a try. It’s fun!