I’ve been using my bullet journal for about three months now. If you haven’t heard of this method, you really should check out the website and the short video there. It’s a really neat method for organizing daily and monthly tasks, events, notes, lists, and pretty much anything else you can include in a notebook.
For my journal I’m using a Moleskine Cahier Squared Journal because that’s what I had on hand. I think, though, that I might need more pages if I want it to last for an entire year. If I continue, next time I will also probably purchase a notebook with a hard cover. The squared pages are perfect though.
One of the most important parts to this method is the index page at the front. That allows you to easily find whatever you’re looking for without having to include tabs or sections or waste any space. I love the index! However, I like to put spaces in between items for readability’s sake, and I think I’m going to run out of room on my index page. Next time I will make sure to leave the first few pages blank.
If you watch the video overview, you’ll see that the bullet journal can be a great method for a daily task list. I tried that for awhile, but I found that I simply don’t have enough tasks to list most days, and the ones I do have are mostly routines. Plus, I am deeply entrenched in and rely upon my Things app. I do try to be super productive on the weekends though, and usually I will write out a weekend task list in my journal and leave it out on the counter during that time. I like having it there in a visible spot and it does help me to write everything out by hand.
Some other ways I am using my bullet journal are:
- church sermon notes
- weekly meal plan
- brainstorm sessions
- home decorating project & idea list
Overall I really like the system and its flexibility. The idea of numbering pages and using an index is genius! I’m definitely going to keep using it for all my random lists and notes.