If you have tried to get all the aspects of your life organized in the past and failed, you are not alone. Many people have a difficult time getting their tasks aligned, practicing time management, and tackling other causes of disorganization. While there are many ways to stay organized, one that is gaining popularity is the bullet journal. This manner of daily task tracking that is part creativity, part craft, and part list making helps you keep your goals neatly grouped. Learning to bullet journal is simple, and you do not need any expensive materials to get started.
What Is Bullet Journaling?
Bullet journaling is the creative cousin of your basic planner. However, there are a few differences that make it both unique and fun to use. Unlike a store-bought calendar, you create your journal’s style yourself and group your tasks in a way that result in a beautiful, personalized goal tracker you will be happy to use each day.
Many people find bullet journaling efficient and less time-consuming than traditional journaling. Instead of writing down what you did that day, you plan your days either weekly or daily by setting up calendar dates and the goals, tasks, and appointments for each. Making short, bulleted lists and then creating a key for whether you completed the task, need to move it to the next day, or cancel it can create a page that allows you to see your progress at a glance.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of bullet journaling is that you can use whatever notebook, pencils, pens, stamps, and stickers you choose to create your daily pages. Some prefer the traditional bullet journals with pre-numbered pages and grid patterns that help them guide their lists, while others prefer simple blank journals or notebooks. If you plan to carry your journal with you, it is a good idea to choose one with a sturdy leather or cardboard cover.
Creating Tracking Pages
Unlike traditional planers, bullet journals give you the opportunity to track tasks and activities that are important to you. Many users prefer this because they can group their financial, exercise, dietary, work, and personal goals all one daily page without having to flip through a calendar or trying to fit all these goals on the small spaces traditional calendars provide. If you are feeling creative in your free time, you can decorate your pages with stickers, borders and other personalized creations that make your bullet journal a space all your own.
The Benefits of Bullet Journaling
No matter how you set up your bullet journal, being able to list and group tasks can benefit you, especially when it comes to organizing your finances. For example, if your auto insurance payment is debited from your bank account automatically each month, you can list that payment days or weeks in advance on your at-a-glance monthly page. On the day it is due, you can use a bill pay sticker or memo to remind yourself of the withdrawal. This can help you set up your monthly bills so you can avoid late fees and overdraws.
Keeping a bullet journal can be a creative way to banish disorganization from your life once and for all. No matter which pages you choose to create, you might find that getting organized can be more like a game than a chore.