2 CommentsWednesday, 23 January 2019 | Admin
I'd be the first to admit I was sceptical about bullet journaling. "It's just lists!" says I, unbeknownst to my partner who, understanding my penchant for a good list, gifted me Ryder Carroll's Bullet Journal Method book for Christmas. So with a little time during that Christmas-New Year void I picked it up and had a read, thinking that at least I would be a little wiser when asked about the hallowed bullet journal by customers in the New Year.
After a chapter or two, my interest was piqued and I found myself buying an A5 Clairefontaine journal with a dotted grid and, of course, the obligatory new pen to go with it and set to setting it up with all the suggested elements.
I haven't looked back. I can safely say that I am a convert, it's official.
The main elements for me about this technique, which is basically putting the contents of your head all in to one space, are that it does just that; it allows you to empty your brain of all those little things you keep remembering to forget, puts them all into one place and then, motivates you to get your to-do list to-done.
So far I have chosen to go with Ryder's original 'rapid logging' technique, which is at the heart of the journal - the lists themselves, dated and using of a very simple set of 'bullets' which indicate whether it needs to be done now, has been set aside for later or, with a very satisfactory X, has been done.
I've also adopted the use of the more elaborate type of page, which if you search for bullet journaling on YouTube you will see a great deal of which are called 'collections'; where a topic takes off into its own world, gets a page of its own and in certain cases gets lots of attention and colour. These can make a new bullet journaleer quite overwhelmed, the sense of competition! But the point Ryder makes is that the journal is indeed your own, and you can make of it what you will - time and imagination permitting. So I've enjoyed setting up a few pages to log things I need to in my life, which is dominated by pet health and films I need to see.
It's the perfect method to use if you are both incredibly forgetful, and a perfectionist list-maker who needs a bit of motivation. This new method, and the pages of the Clairefontaine dotted bullet journal have made me one very happy bunny. EM