It's that time of year again! Summer holidays have past but all that rest and relaxation has you inspired to make the most of the next few months and accomplish some of those exciting projects you've been dreaming up... But where to start? How to prioritise?
Time management. While some are lucky to have mastered the art, for most of us the juggling of work, appointments, plans with friends, family time and the occasional moment for ourselves can seem an impossible task.
If you identify as someone who can get overwhelmed navigating through the chaos of daily life, we have good news. There is a tool out there to help you keep track of your schedule, thoughts, and to-do lists all at once. Introducing: the bullet journal.
Bullet journaling is a style of note taking that caters to the 21st-century individual: it’s quick, forgiving, and, since you set it up yourself, you have the freedom to dedicate as much (or little) space to any list or thought as you want. We didn't come up with it (see www.bulletjournal.com ) but we know a thing or two about notetaking and journaling... To get started, all you need is a pen and a journal. Sloane Stationery journals lend themselves perfectly to set up your personal bullet system.
The four main components of the bullet journal are:
- Index: Keeps track of the content of your journal and the corresponding page numbers.
- Future log: An overview of ‘big events’ coming up (think: birthdays, planned trips, etc.).
- Monthly log: A calendar in which you note down monthly appointments, dates and plans. Your ‘task list’ helps you keep track of more general goals and tasks that you want to achieve.
- Daily log: A space for your daily tasks, events and notes.
My Monthly Log
What sets the bullet journal apart from other organizational strategies is that it leaves space for things to not go as planned—instead of feeling frustrated that not everything on your to-do list gets crossed off, you can ‘migrate’ these tasks by moving them into your yearly log as a long-term goal, or by adding them to your monthly task list as a short-term goal.
At the end of each month, go through your daily logs to see what tasks haven’t been checked off. You can ‘migrate’ them as to-do’s into your monthly log or future log.
Besides managing your time, you can create collections in your bullet journal. These are lists of anything and everything: books you’d like to read, quotes that catch your attention or moments of genius that need to be jotted down.
A ‘Collection’ of Bars and Cafes in Amsterdam
The beauty of bullet journaling is that it allows you to be goal-oriented, reflective, organized and creative all in the same place. Find a journal that suits your style and start your own, personalized bullet process!
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To learn more about bullet journaling, visit: www.bulletjournal.com