If I had to name my favorite thing about bulletjournaling, it would be its flexibility. As my needs change, so does my Bullet Journal. Since a lot of you’ve been asking me what my Bullet Journal looks like, I thought I would share some things I’ve been trying out. Before we hop in though, I want to be clear, these are not “updates” or “changes” to the system, they are merely methods I’m trying on for size. You folks don’t get to have all the fun!
To start off, I’ve been trying a dedicated Index. Naturally, I use the official Bullet Journal notebook, which conveniently features two full spreads for the Index. The first spread I use the standard way. The second spread, however, is now dedicated to my wonderful day job. Over the past year, my job description has changed, and with it, my responsibilities. There are many rapidly moving parts to keep track of and I’m hoping this will simplify things.
Now, confession time: my Future Log is really a brain dump. I use mine as a way to capture project ideas that really excite me, but have no time for. My Future Log is basically a slow cooker, heating things until they are ready or are no longer on the menu.
The rest of my experiments are based on my new year’s resolutions. I’ve decided to cultivate two new habits to improve both. So in the Monthly Log’s calendar page, I’ve created a minimal habit tracker. Simply leave the three columns open by the book’s spine (opposite the date). Two of the columns sport a letter to indicate the name of the habit (i.e. “E” for Exercise). As you complete your tracked task, simply X it out like you would any other task. Additionally, I place a key at the bottom of the page so I can easily remember what habit I was trying to form during a given month later in the year.
Keeping in theme with tracking, I’ve added both a gratitude and food tracker to my Daily Logs. I have three notes for things I’m grateful for, followed by “B”,”L”,”D”, “S”. This stands for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Even when I don't have time to cook, I can remain mindful of what I eat.
I started out with telling you what my favorite thing about the Bullet Journal is. Let me close by telling you what I think the most important part of the Bullet Journal is: getting to know yourself better. I’ve learned a lot about myself from reviewing my journals. I see what worked, what didn’t, where I’ve succeeded, and where I’ve failed. It’s about clarifying what truly matters to you so you can plan accordingly.
About the Author:
Ryder Carroll is the creator of the Bullet Journal. He's a Brooklyn-based digital product designer and art director.