Updated: Jan 13
"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 you recorded all your teenage angst - your first crush, first kiss, and of course, your first heartbreak.
Diaries have been replaced by Bullet Journals -which are now being used to record significant areas of our personal/ business journeys.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 Mindset - your motivation for doing this; what you want the system to do for YOU (we'll talk about some prompts later on).
Properly utilized, it can go beyond just organizing your tasks- it can allow you to manage your daily routines, act as a repository for your ideas, track your spending, help you figure out a 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 (among others):
🔻Tasks - represented as '▪️' signifying an incomplete task - a task 'in progress' is indicated as '/ '
🔻'x' signifies a completed task;
🔻'>' signifies a task migrated to Collection;
🔻'<' signifies a task scheduled to be performed at a future date - or a canceled task;
🔻'!' signifies a task that must be performed within a short time frame, 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 🔺.
🔻'-' or '.' are notes. 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