Image heavy post! I’m OK with readers using my images and ideas but I’m NOT OK if you don’t credit my images and ideas. Do the right thing, folks!
Last year I wrote this little blog post about my experience using the bullet journal after six months. I thought given that it’s now been nearly a year and a half, it was only fitting to share where I’m up to in my journey.
In my work life, bullet journal has worked I’m an enormous treat. I haven’t veered very far from where I was a year ago. I have, however, used something akin to a time ladder of sorts. I copied this from an original entry and changed names, etc. for confidentiality and privacy reasons. And yes, I used my rushed writing, too!
I used this when there are days that I really need some hyper-organisation to my day and a task list just doesn’t cut it. I basically use the next available page, rule two lines down the middle, assign meetings, appointments, etc. to the left of the page, and tasks and notes to the left side of the page. The inspiration came from a planner I saw through a procrastination session – please someone email me if you know which planner I’m talking about so that I can credit it :) (EDIT: the time ladder inspiration came from the creative DIYfish and Bill Westerman’s planner pic).
This is closer detail of my appointments and meetings:
I have to account for every 15 minutes of my time, so I block this off using the dot along the time ladder and rule a line to the meeting/appointment.
This is a closer look at my tasks/notes side:
You’ll notice that there are notes assigned to a time on the time ladder – that is, the box with a ruled line to a dot on the ladder. There are also arrows from boxes to link tasks with notes – for example, the task where I’ve rescheduled a therapy (Rx) session.
This is a closer look at the bottom of the page:
I mark an “X” on the time ladder for when I finish work for the day. Then I list tasks on either side with “before next visit” and “to do next visit”.
The bullet journal in my personal life has been a tumultuous love affair. There were a few months where I chopped and changed notebooks and planners, and then some other months when I went completely digital *gasp* I feel like I’ve come full circle and have gone back to a ruled bound notebook. I’ve also gone back to my original key and set up – that is, monthly pages with tasks and daily bullet journalling on subsequent pages as well as random notes and collections.
I have added some embellishments. This is my daily habit tracker, and yes, I only have one habit I want to track right now. Keeping it simple has made it more successful to create a habit.
A picture of my monthly tasks page:
A sample of some thoughtful notes:
A simple hack whereby you write the topic/heading on the top corner of the page:
So how are you travelling on your bullet journal journey? What has worked or hasn’t worked for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments :)