My Bullet Journal Journey – I’m really into the flow now!
Layouts: The main thing I learned from my practice journal was what I found useful and what I didn’t. Setting up some of the layouts can take some time so it is worth finding the ones it is worth investing the time in and which you won’t use/ keep up with so don’t bother.
I like the idea of having a full year diary at the beginning just to keep track of the overall look of the year, to mark any holidays/ events/ yearly reminders. Or just to check which days of the week things fall on, so for me setting these few pages up is a worthwhile investment and I’ve opted for doing it with a quarter year per page – it fits in with other plans/ tools I use in my business.
The next page for me is a yearly overview – I have created one of these – not sure if I’ll keep up with it for the full 12 months but at the moment I’ve put it in there.
I’ve then set aside a couple of pages for lists – I have a list of business books that have either been recommended to me and I need to buy/ download, or that I already own but have never read.
I’m going to score them out of 10 and make a few notes about them on the page as well as reminders to actually read them this year.
I then have a page for my daily gratitudes. I have been running a gratitude jar for several years now and love it as well as being a great planning tool when we have team business reviews. It’s drawback is that I’m not always in the office to pick some out to use as motivators, and I don’t always remember to add them to the jar if I’ve been working away, so I thought if I jot them down here as well I can top the jar up when I get back to the office & an added benefit of doing it this way is that it highlights the days I don’t fill it in!
Next page is my monthly habit tracker. I set myself some goals for the year to make more time for certain things – like reading more business books, writing more blogs and so this page lets me track how often I take a minimum of 20 mins to do this over the space of a month and can then look back after a few months to see if this has become ingrained in my diary/ working week. I will add other things as I progress.
The next is a page I didn’t do in my test book but had to go and add quite quickly and that’s a weekly overview. I split mine to show work and home things – this tracks where I need to be and when so I can remind myself of my travel plans/ social plans/ birthdays etc. It’s also good to mark deadlines for projects/ tasks to keep a project on track, or to highlight when info is due from someone else. I can also add it appointments/ events to specific days on my task list.
The next double page spread is my daily task log, and this is run exactly as detailed on https://bulletjournal.com/
I have set up the entire month for weekly & daily pages in one go.
Your key – I have 6 things in mine – appointments/ meetings, events, tasks & FYI & then I use c & E for any calls to make, E-mails to send. I can add a star or question mark/ exclamation mark to highlight or raise the importance of certain tasks if I need to.
The other thing then is the right arrow symbol (>) which moves a task from one week/ list to another. I’ve got this on the front page of my notebook, even before the index so I can refer to it if I need to, but even after a couple of weeks this annotation has become ingrained so at the moment I haven’t found a reason to expand it beyond these tasks, although I have seen someone use it much more.
It’s also useful to mark tasks as completed or in progress so you can see at a glance what is due either on a day or a specific week.
And then come the project pages as I need them. Just remember to enter them onto the index page as you set them up so you can find them easily – or add a tab/ label to the page to keep track. The leuchterm notebook has 2 bookmarks, so the first I keep on today/ this weeks tasks & the second at my next empty page so they are easy to find.
so have you had a go yet? And what have you learnt? what pages can’t you do without?