I love planners. I love the sense of accomplishment from marking off tasks, I love having structure to my day, and I love productivity.
As a student, the standard planner format worked well. However, as a homemaker and the mother of a baby, I need more flexibility. Homemaking often consists of doing the same tasks every day. Being the mother of a baby means that plans often change, and tasks don’t always happen at a consistent time. I also need a section for blogging and writing tasks.
Enter the bullet journal.
The concept of the bullet journal was developed by Ryder Carroll. It’s an extremely flexible system that can be as artistic or as minimalistic as you want.
Bullet journaling doesn’t require any expensive equipment. Some people get fancy with calligraphy pens and washi tape, but it’s definitely not required. I started with a blank, lined notebook that I already had.
Bullet journaling is flexible. Sometimes life happens with a baby. If he has a bad day and needs more help, there is a designated symbol for moving a task to the next day. It looks a lot cleaner than having to circle the task and draw an arrow to the next day.
A key. After you’ve been bullet journaling for a while, you probably won’t need this, but at first it’s helpful for remembering what the various symbols mean.
Weekly spreads. Some people do daily spreads, but I’ve found that a weekly spread works well for my needs. I have a columns for appointments and events, housework, and writing. I also keep a sidebar with a list of my meal plan for dinners, a sidebar with tasks to complete and notes about my goals, and a daily gratitude log.
Collections. Collections are the most fun part of bullet journaling. I have my 101 in 1001 list, the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, my workout plan, Jami Balmet’s Christian Reading Challenge, a place to fill in the titles of my 50 books, a list of business resources, my blogging goals, and a page of my top priorities during this season in my life.
Trackers. I track my daily habits and monthly blog statistics. My habits tracker includes spiritual disciplines (Bible reading and prayer), parenting (reading to my son every day), intellectual disciplines (working on my reading challenge every day), health (exercise, no sugar), and daily homemaking tasks. Do I actually accomplish all of these things every day? NO. Having a habit tracker does show me what I need to improve. For example, this month reading the Bible has gone well, but I’ve only exercised twice. Embarrassing.
I also keep a running list of blog post ideas. If I don’t write my ideas down, then I don’t remember them during my writing time.
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How do you use your bullet journal?