I’ve been maintaining a quasi-bullet journal for months now and can attest to its benefits: it helps establish priorities, set a focus for each day, week and month and put my mind at rest about key tasks and activities.
My journal isn’t – unlike many thousands of others – a work of art or a receptacle for stickers and tickets. It’s simply a Leuchtturm 1917 notebook in black where I record my notes and thoughts. Very simple, not very time-consuming.
This Christmas, my parents-in-law kindly bought me one of the branded ‘Bullet Journal’ journals from my Amazon wish list. I’ve yet to unwrap it from its plastic (I’m writing this on my flight from Amsterdam to London Gatwick) but as I’ve got so much space left in my existing notebook, it’s going to be quite some time before I unseal it and start committing thoughts onto its dotted pages.
In fact. If past performance is anything to go by, my priority will be remembering that I own it and avoiding buying a needless duplicate some time late next year.
I’ve been checking out Pinterest and various blogs to get inspiration for my existing journal. As I said, I don’t want to turn it into an art project, but the dotted grid layout gives you so much flexibility in how you record things, I’m intrigued at how others are doing it. Once I’m back in London, I have a few examples I’m going to experiment with.
Right now, all I commit to the page includes my three or four most important tasks, a checklist of the important self-care things I want to do and a few bullets of text that describe my day. Elsewhere, I have a habit-tracker along with a minimal number of ‘collections’, including a reading list, TV shows I want to watch and some goal-setting notes for the New Year. So yes, pretty simple.
This is quite the change for me, previously a hug advocate of the digital world. It definitely still has its place, but I’m getting so much from the time I spend with my journal each morning and evening that I’m going to continue.