Updated: May 31
"There are years that ask questions and years that answer" - Zora Neale Thurston.
BuJo is about INTENTION.
The very act of writing things down allows you to 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.
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 moved it from the Task Page of your Monthly Log into one of your selected Collections.
Then check your Future Log to see if any Tasks/Events are now CURRENT.
Bring these into your Monthly Log. This is where PROCESS comes in.
Writing and re-writing helps you to pause and reflect on the month that WAS and adjust.
According to Carroll, "At this point, BuJo shifts from a SYSTEM to a PRACTICE."
Bullet Journal 101: Lists and Habit/Mood Tracking.
BuJos have produced what is now referred to as a 'Productivity Subculture.'
A testament to this is Carroll's 2015 introductory tutorial video on YouTube - viewed over 7,000,000 times.
The beauty of analog thinking engages your visual, kinesthetic, and tactical senses, which aids in retention.
Lists emanate from your BuJo Collections.
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 buy 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,
projects (for students),
financial planning/ spending habits,
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.
There are many templates to assist you to do this. 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 creative designs.
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..."
Yet, 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.
Starting a Bullet Journal should always come from mindful introspection since It helps plan a business, a career - a LIFE.
In creating your BuJo, you'll determine WHAT's important and WHY it's important - and figure out HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.
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