Updated: Jan 13
"There are years that ask questions and years that answer" - Zora Neale Thurston.
BuJo is about INTENTION. The very act of writing things down is designed to make you pause, review, reflect, and analyze. This also helps you to perform with purpose and not by default - which is where we often find ourselves.
With this in mind, at the end of each month, you should set up a new log. You can then review the month ended, and in so doing, check to see what incomplete tasks remain - which is quite normal.
You can then review these tasks, remove those that aren't worth pursuing and migrate the others.
To do this use your index to turn "." into ">". This shows that you have moved it from the Task Page of your Monthly Log into one of your selected Collections.
Once this is done, check your Future Log to see if any Tasks/Events have now become CURRENT. These can then be migrated into your Monthly Log.
This is where PROCESS comes in. Writing and re-writing will help you to pause and reflect on the month that WAS and adjust accordingly. According to Carroll, "At this point, BuJo shifts from a SYSTEM to a PRACTICE."
Bullet Journal 101: Lists and Habit/Mood Tracking.
Since first introduced in 2013, BuJos have produced what is now referred to as a 'Productivity Subculture.'
A testament to this is the fact that Carroll's 2015 introductory tutorial video on the Bullet Journal Method has now been viewed over 7,000,000 times on YouTube.
Notwithstanding, the beauty of this type of analog thinking is this - writing by hand engages visual, kinesthetic, and tactical senses - which aids retention.
Lists emanate from your BuJo Collections. These can include upcoming events, your morning routine, daily to-do lists, your grocery shopping, your reading log - YOU assign importance to what you LIST.
How you design your listing format is also a matter of personal choice. You can purchase pre-designed templates, download free printables, or create your own.
Habit Tracking is also popular for many users. Examples of habit tracking can include your daily water consumption, exercise, projects (for students), financial planning/ spending habits, meditation, prayer - the list is endless.
Another is Mood Tracking, which allows you to chart your daily moods. This helps you identify any self-defeating thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations and visualizations.
Again, there are numerous templates to assist you to do this; however, you can also use a good ruler and draw columns for each day/row for each habit you want to track. A great tip is to start on the last date and work your way back. This ensures that you don't run out of space.
Some notebooks also offer dot grids, which allow for highly creative designs - here, the watercolor effects, micro-tip/ brush pens, doodles, and Japanese washi tape beloved by Pinterest and Instagram come into play.
Bullet Journal 101-Journal Prompts.
Since its creation, Bullet Journaling has helped thousands to live more intentional lives. As Carroll has stated in the Bullet Journal Method, "... Bullet Journalists have been hired for dream jobs, started businesses, ended toxic relationships, relocated, or in some cases, simply become more content..."
However, the question all users face at the beginning of the process remains - 'What do I write/record?' Some prompts include:
📝My favorite childhood memory;
📝I started today by...;
📝Things I want to improve.
Whatever your prompts, the desire to start a Bullet Journal should come from a place of mindful introspection, where you can find much-needed clarity - to plan a business, a career - a LIFE.
In the process of creating your BuJo, you'll determine WHAT is important and WHY it's important - which will then help you to figure out HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.
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