Guys and gals, are you having trouble keeping up with schedules and chores? Are you, by any chance, useless at keeping a traditional planner updated and actually paying attention to it? Do you dislike the options for planners? Maybe they just aren't detailed enough or maybe they're too structured for you. Well, darlings, I have happened upon a secret not too long ago. A secret hundreds of thousands of people already know and a system they utilize to keep themselves from going insane from the mundane drudgery and their jumbled and improvised daily schedules.
Two words: Bullet Journal
I understand what you're probably thinking. "Bullet Journal" sounds like a hit list, huh? But, in a way, I guess it is. A bullet journal is where you stash your plans, your events, your thoughts and your ideas. It's named for the system of rapid logging: using bullets to denote tasks that have to be completed, and then crossing them out or migrating them to other days. Ryder Carroll, the originator of the system, has a pretty nifty explanation in this YouTube video.
Things you need to start a bullet journal
•Notebook (I started with a 50¢ composition book, now I use a Leuchtturm1917 a5 dotted notebook. Use what you have)
•Pen or pencil or both
yeah... that's really it. Like Ryder said in his video, the point is to make your life as simple and straightforward as possible, so don't stress about the tools. A lot of bullet journalers use decorative tapes and stickers to jazz up their journals, but personally, I don't feel it's a great use of my time. The simpler, the better.
How it's helped me
In the months I've been using the system, I've been able to manage my time much better. I know what has to get done before what deadline and I know everything from what I'm planning to cook on Thursday of next week to what events I have scheduled for 6 months in the future. I can carve out time and track sleep and set plans in motion. It feels like things have gotten much easier, while being more productive.
My current weekly LAyout
I've been using this layout for a few weeks now, and I freely admit I stole it from Kara over at BohoBerry (Kara is a bullet journal QUEEN)
On the left, a daily schedule and task tracker. On the right, room for lists of to-do's, household chores, Bits of Flair stuffs, meal planning for the week, and daily or frequent tasks that I can just bubble in once they're complete (bubbles make it fun!)
want more informatIon about bullet JOURNALING?
Check out Ryder Carroll's Bullet Journal site. He has tons of ideas and even guest posts from amazing bullet journalers that have slightly different ways to utilize the system. This is the #1 source for beginners, in my opinon.
Look up "bullet journal" on Youtube, Instagram, and Pintrest to see more artistic layouts and inspiration to make your journal completely your own.