Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Bullet Journal

     I've heard a lot about bullet journaling. A few years ago I just stumbled across a video on youtube with a tour and how-to through a man's bullet journal. I thought it was amazing and gave it a go, but it wasn't personal to me and didn't work more than 2 or 3 days. I didn't realize at the time that that's the magic of bullet journaling. It can be what YOU need it to be. Personalize it how YOU need it.
     Fast forward 3 years and 2 of my co-workers have bullet journals and use them everyday. They told me to check out the official website for bullet journaling, The video on this website helped me realize that, yes, this can be personalized and modified however YOU need it to be, so I decided to give it another try.
     I wondered if there was a way to make a digital bullet journal. The best thing I could find, was an app I would have to pay for or a simple calendar, so I got my graph composition book and started filling it out with my Year At A Glance, Collections, and Weekly and Daily To-Dos. I liked being able to add my, "I voted early" sticker into it as a little memento. I loved the personalization of the physical item in my journal. I also figured out how to make this type of journal work for me... to a point. Soon I realized that I would definitely need more of a pre-made calendar or planner... or I HAD to make my bullet journal digital. Since the bullet journal had actually boosted my productivity tenfold for the first few days I used it, I didn't want to give it up.
     By the biggest stroke of luck, I figured out a way. I found an app on my new computer called, OneNote. I started playing around with it and immediately knew I could make a digital bullet journal with it. SINCE it is digital, it has some advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is that I won't be able to tape my "I voted early" sticker or any other small physical mementos into it. Of course I can just take a picture and add it in which is ALMOST just as good, right? There are more advantages, however, than there are disadvantages. One of the biggest advantages is in-fact, photos. I can take pictures of anything at any time with my cell phone and add it to my bullet journal in a snap.

     There are still some things I am trying to figure out to make this bullet journal my one-stop shop, but the biggest reason I left the physical journal is because I am a busy mom with A LOT of appointments. There was no way for me to write-in all of my appointments without having a full calendar in front of me, so unfortunately my bullet journal holds EVERYTHING except my appointments which go into my google calendar.
     This is just what works for me. I do hope to figure out a way to incorporate my appointment calendar into the OneNote bullet journal. My productivity has increased tenfold since using a bullet journal, physical or digital. I highly recommend, if you are looking for a better way to get organized, that you check out bullet journaling as one of your options.