October 10, 2016
Many people are passionate about journaling and find that taking the time to put pen to paper helps to inspire their everyday life. To be honest, journaling has never been a concept that really resonated with me. I don’t have much down time, but when I do, I prefer to go out to a fun restaurant or unwind on the couch watching Netflix.
That being said, I am a major list person, as in, I have ‘To Do" lists everywhere, and my lists have lists.
I really have tried everything from paper planners to digital calendars. Nothing seems to work because it is hard for me to differentiate personal tasks from professional tasks, as well as the many subcategories within each designation.
When I came across the concept of Bullet Journaling, I was unfamiliar with the method but became increasingly intrigued. In essence, it is a customized daily, weekly, monthly planning system. All you need is a blank journal, a pen (erasable), and your imagination.
You begin by establishing your Key and your Index. (See mine below)
Because the planner is your own and you can use the pages as you wish, the Index is your point of reference as to what page you have created for each purpose. It is very important to number your pages and record them in the front of the book so you don’t have to fumble through the book looking for things.
The way I am laying mine out, I will have the monthly calendar, followed by the weekly calendars with corresponding meal plans and shopping lists and creative pages in between.
Although I have only been using the bullet journal for a short time, I feel a huge sense of relief that I have a central location for all of my appointments, tasks and lists. I find the Key to be particularly helpful because it keeps me from making run-on lists that don’t distinguish between appointments and tasks.
So far, I am a believer in bullet journaling and would love to hear your experience with it or what has worked for you. You can find tons of bullet journal inspiration here. I will continue to keep you posted on my health journey. Please feel free to share below or tweet me @christiemandia.
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