When most people think about journaling, they think of just writing down ideas. I always think of blank books and writing down my day’s events, which seems so time-consuming. For some people, these just do not seem to work and they stop journaling. Does this sound familiar? You may want to consider creating a bullet journal.
What is a Bullet Journal?
When you are creating a bullet journal you will learn about schemes. These are methods you put in place for your bullet journal and your plan to work through the different pages. Basically, this refers to the symbols you use for different tasks as well as how you manage those tasks. For example, you can use bullets only for short term goals or appointments while stars may be long term goal milestones that indicate a reward for reaching that goal.
Checklists Your Journal
A bullet journal is all about checklists. It works like a to-do list as well as a task manager and journal. You can list your long term goals, short term goals, milestone points, daily appointments, and even enter your thoughts on the day. The idea is to reduce your wording and get to a specific goal. A bullet journal makes recording thoughts and goals so simple!
Acknowledging your Accomplishments
At the end of the day, week, or month you can acknowledge your accomplishments with a bullet journal. You decide which works best for you, but ideally what you do is move the tasks to the next day, week, or month. You mark off what you completed and accomplished, what you are no longer interested in completing, and what needs to be changed. This shows you a sense of accomplishment and goals.
Removing goals may sound like a negative of bullet journaling. The truth is, removing your goals can be very helpful. You set the goals when you want to reach them or have a long term goal in mind. As time goes on your goals change and you may find that certain goals are no longer on your list. These can be removed along with connecting goals and bullet points to free up your tasks.
The main point to remember about a bullet journal is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. You can create your own method, and work with it to get the method that works for you best. It is trial and error, but once you find the best methods for you, then you may find bullet journaling is ideal for your lifestyle.