Hi! What’s up? If you’ve read my prior post, you are aware that I experimented with the bullet journal last month. Today I want to cover how the different collections in the bullet journal helped me stay organized and productive. Let’s get right to it!
1. The Year At a Glance
The Year at a Glance page surprised me last month. I didn’t expect it to be helpful yet, because my page only encompassed 2019. However, my sister and I talked at Christmas-time and I used the page to plan our vacation dates. Since I put the page at the front of my journal, it was a quick go-to page to see how the weeks and weekends lined up.
2. Future Log
My daughter had some medical appointments in December. Instead of getting more appointment cards to go into the bottom of my pocketbook, I wrote the future appointment types, dates, and times into my log. Keeping with the basic layout of the bullet journal method, I put my Future Log right behind the Year at a Glance page.
I notice that a lot of people only put 4-6 months into this collection. Because I can be scheduling a future appointment six months out from current, I put all twelve into the collection. If this does not work for me, I can always change it up next time, right?
3. Monthly Log
This spread was incredibly helpful…maybe the most helpful for the month. I set my month up as simply as the method suggests with the numbers and first letter of the day of the week going down along the left-hand side of the page. I added my task list on the right-hand page.
I added all my meetings and appointments into the log. Next, I included my holiday PTO and the children’s Holiday Break from school. No more guessing about dates and times. No more searching for that appointment card or looking at my separate work calendar for things. I kept it all in one place, and it was incredibly easy to adapt to this adjustment.
I almost maximized my use of the task list. I wrote down all my individual big monthly household tasks as well as a few items victim of procrastination. Did you know it’s not as easy to procrastinate when it’s in writing and staring at you in the face? OK, well you can still procrastinate, but it’s not as easy. During the month, I was able to address all but one of my normal monthly tasks as well as one of the others I’ve been putting off.
4. Daily Log
The daily log was the heart of the month. The first thing I did each morning after rolling out of bed was sit down to the bullet journal and jot down any appointment/meeting or event along with the things I expected to get done that day. I reflected on what day of the week it was and how much time I realistically would have to get everything done.
The evening reflection was most helpful. Before bed each night, I sat down and thought about all that got done that day. If I didn’t get everything done that day, I thought about those tasks that didn’t get done. I asked myself, “why not?”
For example, on Saturday, December 1, 2018, we planned to put up the Christmas tree. I completely underestimated the time it would take to put it up and decorate. It was also the first weekend of the month, and I already have an aggressive schedule that weekend each month. As a result, I didn’t get everything done that day. During evening reflection, I was able to recognize all that I did and not beat myself up for having things undone on the list. The sky did not fall. I determined that all the items were still important to get done, but it was not crucial to get those done that day.
5. My Goals and Projects to Try in 2019 Collection
This collection was used a lot in December as I was just brainstorming different projects to try in 2019. This ended up being a catch-all of things to try, books to read, people to research, and websites to look at. I just tossed things down when I thought of it or heard it. It’s where this blog idea was conceived. I look at the list briefly each morning. The two biggest and most important ideas to me right now are my focus.
I kept the journal with me all day referring to my bullets or jotting down notes. If it was a work day, I kept it on my desk. If I was home that day, I kept it on the kitchen table or my art table, somewhere nearby.
As you can see, the bullet journal helped me from many different angles last month. I tracked the past with each collection/log. I put order into the present filling each day with a senses of purpose. I was designing the future by writing down goals and ideas for the coming new year. I lived intentionally.
I’m still using this journal every day. I’m organized and prepared for each day. I’m unleashing the power of productivity! Are you?
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We live the best version of ourselves, one step at a time.
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