So many people had been posting about the bullet journal method that I decided to give it a go. After all, new year…why not? I’ve been having difficulty wrangling my to-dos and events into my agenda. I’ve been adding a page in between the two halves of the weekly layout, but maybe the bullet journal would work as well or better. If it doesn’t work out, I can revisit my Filofax agenda. This system doesn’t require hours of set-up for a method that might not end up working for me (one reason I am not trying the life-map approach right now). There are several appealing features, but the simplicity of the bullet journal requires less initial start-up effort.
If for some reason you haven’t seen the bullet journal video that started it all, the system is explained quite clearly by Ryder Carroll.
I’ve been using this system for a week. So far, VERY helpful. Here’s a photo of yesterday’s entry. In the margin, I tried to add an approximate time frame for completion (M = morning, A = afternoon, P = Evening). That’s not essential to the system — and yesterday was the first day I tried that — but yesterday I was a bit ridiculous about what I could accomplish. I needed to have a sense of how the day would unfold.
It’s a little weird putting this on here, because there are some funny items on yesterday’s list. Two items, for instance, refer to prepping items for training our dog (“Prep Kongs” and “Prep hot dogs”). We’re working intensely on training Scout to get over his fear of the crate, and it’s easier if I prep the food-stuffed “Kong” toys and diced hot dogs for the whole week. Yesterday, I even put a reminder list about what I needed to remember for the kids (school projects, cleaning the kitty litter, etc.). I called it my “nag” list…in jest for me, though my kids found it more accurate than humorous.
Now for a question…
You may also notice that I included a note to set up my Finance Filo. I will be posting about that once I’m using it fully. I’m using my A5 Holborn Zip in Wine, and I’m really excited to A) put my Holborn to good use and B) have a portable bill-paying system. I’ve looked at a few posts from other Filo/paper planner bloggers, but if you have a favorite post or set-up you’d recommend, I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments! I’m especially interested in hearing how people track their spending on debit/credit cards and cash. Checks and electronic bill pay are easy for me to track because I’m seated at my desk. It’s the “on-the-go” items that I struggle to track.