I’ve looked at quite a few bullet journal pages and for the most part am overwhelmed by the artistic/flashy/scrapbooks that most try to call bullet journals. I will never be one of those types of people. I married one of them and that is close enough for me.
I’m more of an effectiveness guy. I’ve studied time management and planning for many years and may eventually get a handle on how to do it. I’ve carried Daytimer planners and Franklin planners for many years. I was an early adopter of Palm technology and have tried to use my smart phone for personal planning, but I still come down to paper and pen/pencil for the best connection to my brain.
However, the older I get, the less I want to be bound by someone else’s ideas of organization so I’ve not carried a pre-printed planner for at least 10 years. I have, however, carried a pocket notebook (primarily Field Notes ) for at least the past 5 years. I came upon the Bullet Journal concept around 2012 and have adapted and massaged the ideas until they fit where I am at any given moment.
I am trying to use 1 notebook per month this year. The books may last longer and I will update as the situation warrants.
Here is my set-up for January 2018. I’ve started planning out a few things. I start out with a Table of Contents and then 2 monthly calendars. My future log is 6 months. I have a master task list that incorporates items from my December brain dump and is a good placeholder for ideas until I start my daily pages. I’m trying out a small habit tracker to make an effort at keeping those pesky New Year’s resolutions for longer than a few days.
Most of my tasks will find their appropriate priority in my daily pages that start after the tracker. In my next post, I’ll discuss daily and weekly planning.