Honestly, one of the things I'm most proud of in life is my Bullet Journaling process. Bullet Journaling is a customizable planning method for keeping track of goals, lists, tasks, and calendars. I adore it because I can design the planner to meet my needs and be creative in the process of staying on task. I'm also obsessed with the concept of time---marking it, using it to its fullest, and just recognizing that it has passed. Bullet Journaling is done on paper with ink which lends tangibility to the abstractness of time.
Sometimes, I think my bullet journals are more interesting than the art that I'm making. So, I thought I'd share my system. There are infinite ways to bullet journal, and many other journalists feature much neater handwriting and style. I like to keep things loose and sloppy, BUT the sloppiness is contained and organized. Ultimately, I know what I need to be focusing on today while keeping future goals in mind.
I begin by binding a simple pamphlet with five sheets of 11" x 17" paper and a card stock cover. As pictured above, I decorate the cover and paint a layer of gloss medium to protect it.
On the inside cover, I write out my long term goals. On the opposite page, my monthly goals
The center fold is dedicated to the month's calendar where I can see at a glance what appointments, soccer games, etc. are scheduled. I can also see project deadlines and map out projects over the weeks.
On the front pages, I plan my weeks. I divide my weekly goals among the seven days.
Each week, I also have a chart to keep track of my daily goals. I fill in the square if I have achieved that tasks, and at the end of the week, I can see how well I'm doing in any area. If it looks like I'm neglecting something, I can reassess whether it is important to me, and if it is, figure out a way to prioritize it in my day. Overtime, my perfect day evolves as I refine what is important to me.
On the latter pages (post centerfold), I keep lists of things----things to remember for next month, project ideas, podcasts I want to listen to, books I want to read, marketing ideas, groceries lists, brainstorms, and all kinds of loose ends that pop into my head, that I want to hold on to. I transfer these lists from month to month keeping what I want to hold on to and letting go what seems less important.
I keep my journal open and next to me while I work. Then, when I get inspired, I can quickly jot that idea down before I lose it. Also, I'm constantly listening to podcasts and often hear inspiring tidbits. I often will jot a quote that I love on the back cover. That way, I get to carry around that nugget of wisdom with me for the whole month.
I plan on creating a case for these pamphlets when the year is finished.
I can't speak enough about this method. I feel like it's my creative partner or something. There are oodles of tutorials on YouTube if you want to seek out ways that other people engage with it. This is just what works for me, and I'm sure I will continue to develop it as time goes by!
Below are some quotes that I have written down:
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.