In February, I stumbled across a new kind of planner/journal that I was excited to try. I had never heard of it before, and what it promised to do seemed simple and amazing.
It's called a Bullet Journal and you can see the basics of its layout here:
Because I'm a jump-in-with-both-feet kinda girl, I immediately got a nice new Moleskine notebook (always happy to have an excuse to buy a new journal!) and was ready to try it out.
So far, it has been great! I finally have a dedicated place to put all my notes, plans, goals, to-do lists, etc.
I use it for:
Notes on books I want to read (and lists of books I've finished)...
Things I don't want to forget that I read in books or see on blogs:
(plus practice in doodle sketches! BONUS!)
One place to keep notes on stuff I hear on podcasts or read and don't want to forget...
I use the bullet journal markings to show items that are complete, mostly complete, and things I have to move forward to the next week.
And I have a table of contents in the front that helps me locate stuff pretty quickly:
It's funny how sometimes things work together in your life when you're not expecting them too... for example, I'm almost finished working through the writing part of The Deeper Life by Daniel Henderson and read this week where he states:
"You can usually tell how disorganized someone is by how many different sizes and types of paper they use to write things down--or how many to-do lists they have on their computers, iPads, or smartphones. That is where a standardized planning system helps immensely."
It was nice to think "YAY! I got this one!" when I read that quote! (though, in all honesty, I still struggle with notes on all kinds of paper and all kinds of places.)
I do use my weekly planner still, because that helps me long term. But with the Bullet Journal and my weekly/monthly calendar, it's a pretty good mix!