Article By Adam. H
First of all, this is not an advert or some cringe worthy sales pitch. I am not trying to sell you anything, not a journal or tickets to some weird self help seminar.
With that being said we can get on with the rest of the blog post.
For about 2 months now I have been keeping a bullet journal. I am like everyone else, I have a lot to do, for a lot of different things, but I have a brain that likes to concentrate its attention asking useless questions like, what would happen if a tiger came face to face with a leprechaun? So, after doing a bit of research, OK a 20 minute google search, I came across bullet journaling and decided to give it a go.
Hang on. Rewind. What is a bullet journal?
A bullet journal is a method of keeping a journal. Through a set of bullet icons you can organise short, medium and long term tasks as well as tracking past accomplishments and habits.
The beauty of bullet journaling is that they are unique to each individual, in the sense that you grab any type of pad or notebook and construct the journal the way you want it. There are no pre bought journals or instant layouts like a conventional diary, everything you want in your journal you have to construct within the diary yourself. If you need a big monthly planner, you have to get a ruler and draw one.
If you do a quick YouTube search of bullet journals you will see a lot of highly decorated arts and craft type journals, which look lovely. Mine, er, is very, lets say functional. You wont see any drawings or glitter, I haven’t used any glue or fancy hand writing in my journal. It is what it is.
But that’s the beauty of the bullet journal system. Because you create your own journal you can lay it out exactly as you want, you are not limited by a pre bought diary layout. To be able to customise your own diary exactly how you want it makes this system versatile and useable for each individual.
In my bullet journal I have constructed a habit tracker, ticking a box every time I go to the gym, walk 10k steps, read, write, go to bed by a certain time and wake up by a certain time. This allows me to see at a glance what I have accomplished every month. Making me accountable for personal things I should get done but which are the first thing to get put on the back burner when things get busy.
In these last 2 months the bullet journal has done me well. All of the tasks in my diary have been completed ahead of time. I am no longer leaving things to the last minute or having to be reminded of doing things when I have missed a deadline.
However, it has also left me a bit scatter brained. Without the journal I now feel like I wouldn’t be able to function. I use my bullet journal during the mornings and evenings predominately. So, if for example, TJ requests a new article in the afternoon and I haven’t logged it in my journal, it gets forgotten instantly.
But, the bullet journal is like any form of diary, it is only as good as your habit of checking and updating it. It has aided me these last 2 months, if you aren’t as productive as you would like I suggest you have a look and see if it’s for you.