My Bullet Journal, 2020

Hello, dear friend!

I hope you are doing well and continuing to stay healthy during this tumultuous time.

I’ve recently (as of the 15th of March) started a bullet journal, where I log my daily to-do lists and monthly events. I also log my daily mood and color in the days I’m drinking water.

I love being able to make lists and figure out what I want to accomplish during each day. I also use my calendar on my phone, as well as a To-Do list app to help me sort out what I’ve got going on from day-to-day.

I’m very happy with my bullet journal setup. I enjoy tracking my mood, too, which is something that I’ve started doing fairly recently. As I get older–I’m 29 now!–I find that I really like staying as organized as possible, and creating to do lists and tasks for myself to complete really helps me achieve all of the various items I want or need to accomplish in a single day.

On the off chance that I don’t get everything done, like writing a blog post every day, I’ll move that scheduled item to the next day, and the next, and the next, until it’s completed.

Bullet journaling is literally making your own calendar and to-do lists, with a minimalist style. It’s called bujo for short, and has become very popular in the years since it’s infancy.

The man who created it, Ryder Carroll, is a digital product designer who lives in New York. He essentially wanted to create a method that could handle all of the ideas and tasks he needed to get done for the month, as well as for every day tasks. Thus, the bullet journal was born. On his website, he carefully details how and why you should create a bullet journal: to inspire creativity, to stay organized, or maybe to help you with your ADHD. Bullet journaling, once you get the hang of it, is very resourceful and helpful. It’s a minimalist form of better understanding your ideas, and what you want to achieve month to month, and day to day.

For me, the hard part was setting it up. It feels a little overwhelming at first, like staring down an incline and wondering how the heck you’re going to get down without tripping. It also felt doable, which wasn’t the case for me in the past.

I tried bullet journaling a couple of years ago, and didn’t stick with it. I didn’t plan the bullet journal out far enough, which made it harder to handle and stay the course. In order for me to succeed this second time around, I planned out my bullet journal from March to August, then set up my book log, water and mood trackers. This time around, I really want to stay with rapid logging, which is what I was doing anyway in my other planner.

The nice thing about a bullet journal is the simple fact that it’s on paper. When I’m on my computer, or on my phone, I tend to go down rabbit holes if I’m reading articles. I’ll jump from app to app on my phone, or keep opening new tabs on my computer. Yes, I can flip through pages in my bullet journal and get lost in organizing it, but the truth is I’m focused on the same task at hand: writing in my bullet journal. I’m not trying to write a blog post while talking online with my boyfriend at the same time; I’m definitely not opening several apps–like Instagram, which I love–every few minutes.

(This is also why I’m going back to handwriting my stories, as well as typing up poems in Bear. But that’s for another blog post, for another day.)

I love the freedom and simplicity that having a bullet journal offers. I love how easy it is, once I got the hang of it. I’m still learning, and am not an expert bullet journal-er yet, but I aim to be one. I want to keep at it, so that it becomes natural to me. I’m almost three weeks into using my bullet journal, and already it’s helping me.

Do you have a bullet journal? Do you like it or hate it? Feel free to write something in the comments.

Thanks for reading,
Meghan B.

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