My Practical Bullet Journal

Oh, the bullet journal. You should see me geek out on #bujo on the gram. I simply can not deny the artistry, the organization, or the simple stationary lust that it inspires in me. I also don’t have time for that sort of bujo!

What I love about bullet journal (bujo) is that you take a regular old notebook and turn it into the planner that you need. I’m going to tell you about 4 key elements that make my journal work for me.

  1. The Index –  It took me a while to figure it out when I first started but the index is the one thing that transformed my old notebooks into a bujo. Your index will have as many topics as you find relevant. Since I have a lot of different projects at work and home, mine is extensive.
  2. Rapid Logging – It seems that I had a lot of rules about what did and didn’t go into my notebooks before I encountered rapid logging. In rapid logging, you just write everything down and use a key to tell the different types of things apart at a glance. It’s a major time and task saver.
  3. Migration – Writing all of this stuff down won’t matter at all if it doesn’t get done! They call the time you take to put everything left over from the day into its place migration. Appointments go into the calendar, place incomplete tasks in the correct place, index thoughts/ideas. Depending on your life you could migrate a couple of times a day, once a week, once a month. You do you.
  4. Weekly spread – I create a somewhat attractive weekly spread every Sunday that helps me envision my week. It includes appointments, meal plans, bills, deadlines, etc. This is where the bullet journal meets the planner. One book, two duties. I love it.
  5. LISTS! – Everything from book and movie recommendations to blog post ideas to special dates.  Pages set aside to keep running lists of things I want to have at my fingertips are a practical must-have bujo inclusion.

So that’s it! 5 elements of bullet journalling that keep me on organized. Do you bullet journal? Does it work for you? What are your practical uses?


3 Tips to Organize Your Days

3 tips for you day blogWhen you have a zillion things to do it’s easy to get off track. Here are three tips that I think will help everyone have a more productive day!⁣

1) Do a Walk Through – Taking the time to step through a mental rehearsal will help you get ready for a successful day.⁣ It’s important that you do it in a way that works for you. If you are a night owl, make it the last thing you do at night. If you love lists, jot it down in your daily planner. Morning or night, written or in your mind, do it in a way that’s comfortable for you to make it a lasting practice.

2) Schedule Play Time – Whatever makes you happier and healthier should be part of your plan. Not something you get around to later.⁣ This can be anything from 15 minutes of Facebook time to your hour at the gym. What do you need to feel happy and thrive? Don’t let it be an afterthought. Also, we tend to recall the things on our “to do” list. Take the time for yourself and acknowledge how important it is for a more productive life.

3) Don’t Overplan – Things are bound to happen that you didn’t anticipate. Make sure you have space in your schedule to deal with them.⁣ If you can’t stand the thought of wasted time consider having an “I could always” list. That’s a list of things that need doing but aren’t urgent.

These are three simple things that help me stay on track every day with the help of my practical bullet journal. What do you think? Would this help you? Do you have any great tips to share?