Updated: May 31
"Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of who you are" - Carolyn .V. Hamilton.
As a teenager, I kept a diary. It was almost a rite of passage.
Here I recorded all my teenage angst - my first crush, first kiss, and of course, my first heartbreak.
Nowadays, diaries are being replaced by Bullet Journals - now used to record
the significant events of our personal/ business journeys.
Created by New York-based designer, Ryder Carroll, a bullet journal (or BuJo to aficionados) is an analog system, used "to help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future."
A critical aspect of Bullet Journalizing is your Mindset - your motivation for doing this and what you want the system to do for YOU (we'll talk about some prompts later on).
It can go beyond organizing your tasks - as it allows you to "manage your daily routines, act as a repository for your ideas, track your spending, and helps you figure out your strategy
and so much more.
An important aspect of BuJo is LAYOUT.
As the name suggests, information is captured quickly - referred to as 'rapid logging' - with clearly defined keys or bullet syntax.
These include :
🔻Tasks - represented as:
'▪️' signifying an incomplete task
'/ ' a task 'in progress'
'x' a completed task
'>' a task migrated to Collection;
'<' a task scheduled to be performed at a future date - or a canceled task;
'!' a task that will be done soon, while a due date task is indicated using a ⏱️;
🔻Events are represented as:
'O'- these can be date-related or scheduled; they can even be entered/ logged after the event;
appointments are indicated as ⚠️ or 🔺.
🔻 Notes are represented as '-' or '.'
These can be facts, ideas, thoughts, and/or observations.
This works well for students (lectures, classroom notes) or
entrepreneurs (objectives met/not met)
and the challenges/benefits of each.
These bullets can also be used in combination since they help you to quickly capture and organize your thoughts. The important thing is: WRITE THEM DOWN!!
"Who we are and where we want to go determines what we do now and what we accomplish over time." - Jimmy Tomczak
Look out for part 2 of this series ...in the meantime, if you need more tips and strategies check out my Instagram page here