In recent weeks, I’ve been thinking about schedules, time management; the mess we make it. Sometimes I feel in over my head, which can quickly mire up my mission and goals. So, in order to identify and weed out the unnecessary committments in my life, it was time to do something a bit more drastic; enter the Bullet Journal.
I don’t use schedules as they [hourly, in particular] legitimately upset me. I’m not fond of being controlled by an inanimate entity such as a dayplanner. Sure, I set up Google Calendar alerts for important appointments as they occur, but I don’t allow time much, if any room to control my day. The clock hands may move forward, but I will join them of my own volition. -sticks out tongue in rebellion- And that’s how I’m staying 27 forever! [Warning: this practice is by no means an eternal fountain of youth.] We would all do well to take heed to the level of power granted that prominent figure, the calendar.
Though I’ve not been at this long [barely a week], I decided to share a couple pages of my design / spreads after watching several Youtube videos on bullet journaling. I was disappointed there weren’t many with simple, minimalistic structures that were also lightly artful, with little sense of permanence. I want my own journal to be a thought tool. A basic collection of the things I need and need to do. It may at times double as a writer’s notebook, though I find great satisfaction in chucking any completed journal with a thump of finality. That doesn’t mean it can’t be artful as well, or that I cannot preserve some special aspect of it.
Credit goes to Ryder Carroll who came up with the bullet journal system I’m using. I love that he coupled a video with a reader-friendly instructional (see above-linked website). Comparing the two helped to figure out some major components of the system and how I wanted to implement them in my own notebook.
Here are some things I did a little differently from the model provided:
- Zero Page is not the Index. It’s a handwritten copy of To the Mother of All Loss — this journal is a place to write out the bones of some creative writing attempts, editing more deliberately, also…
- …I’d like it to be similar to a writer’s notebook.
- The Month Log seemed redundant to me at first, but I’m using it to write in immediate events. For example, bill due dates, birthdates. This would also be where I would log the fact that someone else’s kid threw a basketball through the glass in my back door [because if the cat was frightened into pooping the floor, my landlord should know why].
- I also chose to edit my Task Log (above, on the right page) a bit. I split it into 3 boxes (similarly to the Future Log) and wrote Daily, Weekly and Month in the top corners of each box. For the weekly box, I added a checklist to mark off items as they’re completed each week.
Looking for a sampling of my favorite simple office supplies? Find inspiration at this Pinterest board.
Daring Feat Challenges:
- Create your own qualifiers.
- Try out a 3-item to-do list using bullet journaling OR just try having a 3-item to-do list and converse about it below.