Is A Bullet Journal The Right Choice For You?
There has been a lot of hype on the topic of bullet journaling, but perhaps you’ve been unsure if it’s right for you. Bullet journaling can help you to organize your life, help you to be more efficient and it can certainly be lots of fun. Here are some elementary tips to help get you started.
1. Don’t go overboard.
Bullet journaling can be as complicated as you wish to make it. When you get started it can be tempting to over-complicate your journal by adding lots of unnecessary sections. My advice is to KISS. Keep It Stupidly Simple.
Start off small and write about the one thing that is most important to you. As you learn and develop your journaling skills, you can add more.
All you need to begin with is one notebook and one pen. You might like to add a highlighter if you need to add a wee bit of colour.
Focus on the most important things you need to get organized and keep your planning achievable and straightforward.
2. Get into a routine.
Bullet journaling if most effective when it becomes part of your daily routine. I recommend that you set aside a block of time to plan for your day.
While some people will say that it doesn’t matter if you plan your day the night before or if you do your planning first thing in the morning, I disagree. I always do my daily plan the evening before. I find that “sleeping on it” allows me to get straight to work without any delay.
My evening routine involves sitting quietly at the end of the day and reviewing that day’s achievements. I then carry-forward any important tasks that remain unfinished and add them to my schedule together with the other tasks scheduled for that day.
3. Make it your own
There isn’t a right way or a wrong way of bullet journaling. There is only the way that suits you.
By all means, watch bullet journaling videos on YouTube, read books on the topic and do your research. But then use that research to mould other people’s ideas into a system that works for you
You may prefer to work with lists, mind-maps or balloons and arrows. You may want to add colour to your journal.
Your journal could be a small notebook or a fancy ring-binder. Whatever style, format and system use, what’s important is that it works. For you.
4. Play around and experiment.
Experiment with colours and stickers and different formats as your journaling evolves.
Integrate the things that you find helpful, improve things to improve their effectiveness and be prepared to stop doing the things that aren’t working for you.
Try different layouts. You might prefer to work with daily, and weekly planning and monthly planning. Just choose the layouts and pages that work for you
5. Track Your Habits.
Is there a good habit that you are working on? Maybe you want to be better at hydrating. Add a section to your journal to track your daily water intake.
Including a habit tracker in your journal holds you accountable. It will help to make sure you are keeping on track of your goals, and that you are taking consistent action.
Habit tracking promotes success. I can tell you from personal experience, that it is extremely satisfying to look back at your journal and see how much progress you have made!
There are many benefits to journaling. Journaling offers us the opportunity to reflect on what works for us, it helps to highlight areas of improvement and it helps us grow.
It’s also a lot of fun!