Bullet Journal


Started out with a notebook I had used 2 pages of … 5 years ago. It was buried, forgotten under a stack of books on my overflowing bookshelf.

I’m hoping this Bullet Journal will consolidate some of my vast list collection habit. I’ve got to-do lists, due dates, project ideas, stacks of essay outline notes on scrap-paper that get tucked under my keyboard, or inside books.

No joke: I found 1 Henry IV/Machiavelli outline notes from a paper I wrote Fall 2014. It’s a problem.

Bullet Journal Organization

Created index and monthly log pages. I also started collection pages for Homework (HW) due dates. The July Log isn’t really a good space for that, but I need those in one place. I also created my Legend, and taped it to the back cover. I also started a page for daily logs.


Use: productive?

I found having my homework laid out neatly in one place, made me feel more organized. It also let me see at a glance what my week would be like, time-wise. I think this feature will be even more of a boon once classes start in the fall. Between keeping track of HW, and important dates–such as when my supervisor is coming to observe me student teach–having that information in one place, and already organized will cut stress. Plus there is something much more satisfying about marking items off a physical list than a digital one.

One function of the Bullet Journal that I didn’t use consistently was the daily logs. They are supposed to be little quick lists of what you’ve done or need to do, or things that should be remembered. I up until the 12th I hadn’t really been doing much this month other than classes and cleaning/organizing the house. So there wasn’t much to add. Also, as I’ve started using OneNote I’ll be keeping project ideas/outlines there rather than as lists on scratch paper.

I’m just not one to mark down every chore I completed, or visit with family. My to-do lists are usually more about time management than they are actual listing of chores. They usually are groups of work/reading/research I need to do broken down for a week, so that I can fit everything in while still having some down time. I think once classes start and I’m more active, the log will allow me to keep track of things I need to accomplish without necessarily making a bunch of new lists.

I don’t know if the Bullet Journal has necessarily made me more productive, but it has helped me keep organized–and curtailed my loose list habit. We’ll see after September whether or not the Bullet Journal has a real impact, and if I can keep up with using it.

2 Comments on “Bullet Journal

  1. I hope you’ll report back somehow, somewhere, in September. I’m a big user of paper journals but, like you, my organization is…umm…lacking?

    I’ve ended up creating my own cryptic set of symbols and developed various notetaking habits that have helped some. Strict Bullet Journal methodology didn’t stick with me, but it turned out to be a good start on developing an approach that did…

    Your sidenote about how it’s more satisfying to check off a task on paper than digitally resonates with me and is a major reason I still use paper for many tasks. For a while I actually used a system where I’d write all my tasks on little post-it or similar notes and then, as I finished each one, would crumple it up and toss it into a bin. Filling that bin with little crumpled pellets of completed tasks was *immensely* satisfying. But, time-wise, it was impractical.

    • I will probably update this in September – right now it seems a bit unfinished. A couple of weeks isn’t really time to test properly.

      I think my bullet journal will probably morph too as I use it, until I get something less standard that works for me. Which is one of the neat things about this system, it’s adaptable.

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