“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own. ” – Bruce Lee

The end of the year commonly inspires thinking about what we’d like to improve on or do differently in the new year. Similarly, it is a great opportunity to think about how the Bullet Journal works in our lives: the things that work, the things we want to leave behind, and the things we want to try out.As December rolls by, think about these things and create a collection to house your thoughts on how they function. Do these things help you get what’s important to you done or are they distractions?

Revise your system to identify the components that help you keep track of the things that matter to you. Remember, the Bullet Journal is more than a task management system; it is also a life management system. Make sure that you’re using it in a way that helps you keep track of the things that matter to you.

Photo by Kim Alvarez

Doing this will enable you to adjust according to what works for you.

Another great way to revise your Bullet Journal is by revisiting the videos to help you pick up on things you might have missed the first, or tenth time around.

Sometimes it takes revisiting the basics to think about the framework of the system and reevaluate whether the additions you’ve added are conducive to helping you accomplish what you set out to.

As the year comes to a close, think about ways you can tune up your system to become an even more well-oiled machine.

When you’re ready to migrate consider the following:

– Things that work.
– Things to leave behind.
– Things to try out.

How to join the challenge:

– Share a photo and description on social media with the hashtag #bulletjournalchallenge to share how you’re closing down the year with the the above questions as a guiding point for the challenge. Here is the brand new Facebook #BulletJournalChallenge group.

About Kim Alvarez

Kim Alvarez is the creative behind Tinyrayofsunshine.com, where she writes about the Bullet Journal, productivity, planning, and other creative pursuits. She is working on opening up an Etsy shop with goodies that will bring a smile to your face!
  • Just a few minutes ago I published my first month’s experience with Bullet Journal. Now on the second month, the end of the year transition, as well as moving to a real Bullet notebook, will be interesting as I continue to evaluate. http://randalmatheny.com/bullet-journal/

  • JoAnne Stanley

    I always remember that I am a work in progress and so my bullet journal reflects that as I try and then maybe discard elements. The goal for me is my life in one place. Daily jots and chores that happen all day when I am not ‘in’ a place to write tend to happen on sticky notes. That’s okay as I can collate and keep or discard in my journal at day’s end or day’s beginning. Bullet journal just fits for me over all other types! Thanks Ryder!!