Are you not as productive as you would like to be? Did you just take a pause? If yes, then this article is meant for you. If not, then maybe I should take tips from you!
Jokes apart, the digital era that we are in, it becomes difficult to always stay on top of our game. Often, we find ourselves struggling with our tasks, whether it is managing our day, being more organized or just getting things done. I faced this dilemma where I was not as productive as I wanted to be. While I was looking for ways to increase my productivity, I stumbled upon Bullet Journaling which was a great way to get my life back on track (and a super cool skill to be proud of)!
What exactly is Bullet Journaling?
Developed by Ryder Carroll, Bullet Journaling is an analog system that basically records & tracks the past, organizes the present, and plans for the future. Its main feature is rapid logging, which helps you pen down notes, tasks, and events, all in the same location. It can be your task manager, sketchbook, journal, idea catcher, and much more!
So, does Bullet Journaling really increase productivity?
I find BuJo effective because it acts as an organizational system based on how the human mind works; it helps channelize my thoughts and gives me direction.
Interesting, isn’t it? Here’s how Bullet Journaling works:
Index: This is basically the first page of a notebook that serves as a table of contents, with corresponding page numbers for different collections/sections. There’s also a symbol key that helps in updating as you go. The idea is simple – ease-of-use to track all your notes, and well, bullets!
Future Log: This is a 4-page spread; basically, a year-at-a-glance calendar with future events, goals, ideas, and long-term tasks. I use it to add birthdays, family gatherings, reunions, renewals, and of course, vacations.
Monthly Log: A 2-page spread which includes a calendar that has a bird's-eye view of the month, and a task page to add things that you would work on during that particular month. You can also add other monthly tracking pages aka "modules". I have added different pages for my food schedule, fitness routine, and for my finances. And frankly speaking, I feel a lot less stressed, and a lot more organized.
Daily Log: A breakdown of what your day would look like. I usually include my to-do list here. For example, if I have a meeting that day, or if I have to go grocery shopping, or if I have an office potluck, I add it to my daily log.
Custom Collections: The beauty of BuJo is that it can be a fitness tracker, a sketchbook, a food log, or even an office journal based on your requirements – all at once. I have created different collections for my different needs. I have one for office meetings, one for my diet (which I just about manage to follow!), even one for my bucket list of vacation spots!
Migration: The best part about migration is that you don’t have to worry about the tasks you haven’t completed at the end of the month, as you can move it to the next month with the key symbol on the task! You can move it on to the task page of the monthly log, or to another collection if you want. For example, I was unable to donate my clothes to charity this month as I was swamped with work, so I have now moved it to my monthly log for the next month.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. “It’s the middle of the year, can I start Bullet Journaling?”
Of course, you can. That’s what makes BuJo amazing - it is 100% customizable. This basically means that if you put your mind to it, you can start today, instantly. You just gotta have fun with it!
So, what tools would you need to get started with Bullet Journaling?
You may use any journal for bullet journaling, but I recommend the Quikrite. A slim, good-looking (yet super effective) notebook, which comes with different refills. Each refill (also known as Quikfills) has 72 pages, all of them which are numbered. The page numbers allow you to maintain an index which is an essential part of BuJo. The outer jacket accommodates up to 3 Quikfills. I use one refill that acts as a ‘master’ refill to maintain the index, future log, monthly log, and priority collections (habit tracker, goals etc). I use an additional (separate) refill to track my daily log. My master refill remains fixed while I was able to use multiple refills to maintain my daily logs. While the master refill is a dot grid format, I use the GOAL/SCAN version for my daily log. There are other formats such as the To-Do, Twin, colored and graph to choose from.
Write. Jot. Doodle. Sketch. Scribble. Plan. And be more productive. With BuJo & Quikrite!