Last week there was a bit of a kerfuffle on the /r/bujo subreddit – basically that subreddit was created to embrace minimalism in bullet journalling, to counter-act the extremely popular “artsy” entries that people are sharing these days. The issue was that the art crowd was filtering into /r/bujo (probably because they picked the wrong subreddit) and the spirit of minimalism was dying; so the minimalists fought back and are in the process of reclaiming the subreddit.
Did you follow all of that? Good. Where I connect to this is that I tend to be minimalist; I don’t sketch or doodle or use stickers (I used to use multiple pen colours, but I don’t like carting around multiple pens), I stick to the basics.
I keep a separate book for personal stuff as well as at work. What I’m noticing in my habits lately is interesting, though! I use my work planner daily – it basically is a very large, multi-functional to-do list with pages for notes from meetings. I use it in combination with digital tools (Outlook, OneNote, basically all of Microsoft Office). It works for me and is helpful for tracking my progress.
For my personal stuff, I sometimes go days without opening up the book (I haven’t looked at it today, actually). I’m feeling more and more inclined to stick with my digital tools for my personal life and ditch the bullet journal aspect. I don’t get quite the same satisfaction of using it as I used to. Conversely I am finding more uses from my existing digital tools.
For example, I have both Samsung Notes & Microsoft’s OneNote at my fingertips – my smart phone has both of these within a few taps if I need to write anything down. I put nearly everything in Google Calendar. I’ve started playing around with Microsoft’s To-Do app as well. This works for me.
I went into this post thinking that the end result I’d come out with is that I’m going to just keep my notebooks for work and go 100% digital for my home life. But I wonder now if taking the time to sit down and plan out my day holds a benefit that I’m forgetting about. Is it a way for me to slow down?
Maybe. I think there’s also nothing wrong with sitting down and planning things out digitally. When it comes down to it, I’ve been avoiding the “sitting down” part of the equation entirely. I think this is something I need to explore a little bit more again. There’s nothing stopping me from reviewing things electronically and keeping my life…well, digital.
Perhaps my habits will change, but this is what I’ve picked up on so far. They’ve changed since I got back into notebooks on a daily basis three years ago, so there’s no reason they can’t continue to evolve.
What’s your choice? Digital or Analogue? Or both?