It’s been two weeks since I started using a bullet journal instead of a more traditional daily planner and I’m amazed at the transformation in how I use my time and energy! I feel like there must be some kind of magic afoot here. I’m keeping up with basic household chores that used to get away from me, I’m exercising, meditating and writing in my gratitude journal almost every day. I’m remembering to rest for a little while most afternoons (essential when you have chronic fatigue for any reason) and I’m remembering to take my fish oil and magnesium supplements twice a day almost every day. These are all things I’ve struggled to fit into my daily routine for years.
What is a bullet journal, you may be wondering? Well, here’s an introductory video, explaining the basics.
The beauty of the bullet journal is that, since you’re using a blank book, it can be anything you need it to be and if something doesn’t work for you one month, week or day, you can make the next month, week or day different. I’ve already discovered that the monthly log like in the video doesn’t work for me. I need to see the days laid out into weeks, like a regular calendar, so that I don’t schedule too many things during any one week.
The features I’m using the most are the habit tracker and the daily logs. Here’s what my daily log for Thursday looked like.
Because I like things to be colorful and pretty, I doodle in a border around the day of the week. Then I draw a little banner for the month and day and doodle in the weather. I also write down the time of sunrise and sunset and the predicted temperatures for the day, just because I like documenting stuff like that. Then I assess how I’m feeling, charting my inflammation, pain and stiffness, fatigue and brain fog so that I’m really aware of how I’m feeling before I decide how many tasks to put on my to-do list. I make a list of the things I want to accomplish that day and often write little notes about the day too. I cross off items as I finish them, using my color-coding system. (I’ll do a post on that later.) If I feel like journaling more, I do. If not, I just start the next day where the last one left off. It’s the most useful planner I’ve ever used!
All you need is a journal and a pen. Everything else, like pens of different colors, is optional. I bought a Leuchtturm 1917 journal and a set of Staedtler fineliner pens from Amazon and I was ready to go. The only other thing I would like to buy for my journaling is a pen that flows over the paper more smoothly for all the writing. I love the Staedtler pens for doodling but my writing is too messy with them. I need more flow.
Bullet journaling hasn’t solved all my procrastination problems. I’ve found that if I really don’t feel like doing something, (like working on that dreaded lesson 7 in my Art and Science of Herbalism course) I still won’t do it. But now I feel like I can easily find the time to work on it a little bit every day…if I really want to. That’s a big improvement over feeling too overwhelmed with everything else to find the time.
The bottom line is: I’m now a bullet journal addict!