I had a biology teacher my freshman year of high school who encouraged us to make lists when it came to tasks, to help with organization. Which, at 14, life often felt like extremes. I don’t remember much else from that class, biology wasn’t my favorite, but making lists is something I come back to again and again, and not only when I’m feeling overwhelmed with life.
If you like lists, doodling, color pens and possibly stickers, and have resolved to be more organized this year, consider bullet journaling. Think of it as a highly customizeable, analog outline for your life.
The idea behind bullet journaling is to organize information in a way that makes sense to you – that’s that’s the key -it’s personalized.
The basic components of a bullet journal, according to the official website, are:
- The Index: The first few pages of the book where you add the topics of your Collections and their page numbers so you can quickly find and reference them at any point.
- The Future Log: This Collection is used to store items that either need to be scheduled months in advance or things that you want to get around to someday.
- The Daily Log: This is designed for day-to-day use. At the top of the page, record the date as your topic. Throughout the course of the day, simply rapid log your tasks, events, and notes as they occur.
You can certainly buy the official bullet journal – but for alternatives:
- Moleskin journals -right now they have an Alice in Wonderland Planner
- Poppin Journals -they come in a variety of colors and right now are less than $15 bucks
- a plain notebook- since the idea is to customize it, getting something that fits your needs, including your budget is on top of that list
If you’re intrigued,
- this blog is helpful http://bulletjournal.com/top-5-bujo-ideas-in-2016/
- Spend an afternoon on Instagram #Planning #bulletjournal (Even if being more productive is a 2017 intention!)
- Obviously Pinterest is another great resource
- And if you don’t want to spend the money, you can download printable templates