Using Bullet Journals to Stay Organised
Bullet journals are a super easy way to keep track of your schedule – especially if like this author you have the short term memory and attention span of a small fish. The journal is a sort of meeting point between carrying a diary, making a daily task list, and sticking notes to the fridge.
They’re actually really easy to make and maintain, plus they can help increase your ability to structure and organise your days, as well as providing a record of tasks completed or missed.
The first thing you’ll need is a notebook or diary – a blank one is usually best because you’ll be compiling it as you go along. When you begin for the day, write down the date, your tasks and the order you might do them in as simple bullet points – when you need an update or to note your task is complete, you can return to your journal and tick off your objectives.
It’s a fairly simple system but you can also up the complexity with changing the shape of a bullet point to represent other things, using a ‘key’ or plan. Some points might be taking place tomorrow and you might need a reminder, so you might put the bullet point as the ‘>’ symbol to denote it’s going to take place tomorrow.
Once you build your own key or list of bullets you can get fairly creative – like marking your most important tasks with a star (*) to make them easy to pot when you flip back, or marking them with an eye symbol in order to show they require research.
The other thing about your journal is you can write just about whatever you like in it – say you have a thought or interesting idea you could mark it with an exclamation point (!) and it should stand out for retrieval if flipping back.
Again, the fact your bullet journal is organised by date and can have just about whatever written into it makes it versatile for other ‘field research’ tasks as well as just getting household tasks done. Given the space inside isn’t separated by date, you could include a few pages of notes under a single date heading, to refer back to later, before writing in the next date heading.
For people on the go, with problems remembering little things, or just who need a place to compile all their objectives and thought, this kind of journal is perfect. It also lets your creativity into the organisational process, which is really important for those who need a spot to doodle or write down more arty ideas. In the words of famed Art Attack presenter Neil Buchanan – Try it yourself!