Honestly, I kind of HATE the idea of bullet journaling as planning.
The hate doesn't rise to the level of my hatred for mayo, bare feet on carpet, lies on Facebook, or the violin, but it's still a pretty intense level of negative emotion.
As much as I love the orderly look of a bulleted list of items in a notebook or planner, I rely heavily on the visual impact of the planner pages, created by grouping items and using day and time slots.
I need symbols that I develop (so that the symbols make sense to my brain and so that I remember them).
And, no matter how much I try to brainstorm a reason to have a typical bullet journal, it just makes sense to separate tasks and events from notes. Bullet journals that mix in tasks only make sense to me as an initial brain dumb/capture device.
So I created a better bullet journal.
|A Better Way to Bullet Journal|
To be fair, I should explain how bullet journaling is done in the typical way. In a typical bullet journal, there is a running list of tasks, events, and notes. Using the codes seen below (on the green page to the right), a running list is created like the one below (same picture, on the orange page to the left).
|Typical Bullet Journal|
The typical bullet journal strikes me as difficult to read. The list on the left (typical) appears cluttered and it is difficult to distinguish between separate items. Also, though it allows for some subgrouping, if one entry has a ton of information, it doesn't work very well.
Also, the little eye icon is messy and creepy.
Compare it to my bullet journal, on the right below. On mine, you can quickly see where each entry starts - wherever there is a box.
TIP: When creating bullet journal codes, put a box around them to make them stand out. Indent anything under the main entry (like additional notes or details).
|Typical Bullet Journal Compared to Giftie Bullet Journal|
My bullet journal is completely shown in the picture below.
It consists of three parts:
1. Notes (green)
2. Codes (yellow)
3. Events/Tasks (weekly planner page)
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A closer look at my codes (yellow) would reveal:
Tasks = Circle
If the task is to set up a PROJECT, I circle a P.
If the task is to FILE an item (in files at home or in notes in the planner), I circle a F.
To mark a task DONE, I check the circle.
To DELETE, I X the circle.
To DEFER, I draw an arrow pointing forward through the circle.
To DELEGATE, I draw an @ symbol (which, in my mind, means that I will do something @fter someone else does).
TIP: Tasks go on the weekly pages instead of hidden among a bunch of random notes. Even if just a notebook is used, put the tasks on a certain pages and notes on another.
Events = #a/#p
#a simply means an a.m. time slot (e.g., 9a).
#p simply means a p.m. time slot (e.g., 2:45p).
An * indicates additional details (like an address or contact number).
Notes = Square
To indicate TELECOM, I write TC in the box.
To indicate EMAIL, I write e'm in the box.
To indicate MEETING, I write mt in the box.
To indicate Facebook, I write fb in the box.
Are you seeing a pattern?
A star means a note that does not belong to any of those subgroups.
An arrow indicates additional information under the note.
TIP: Always indent the arrow.
But please don't limit yourself to my codes! The best bullet journal codes are not the typical ones OR mine.
TIP: Don't skip the step of making a sheet like the yellow sheet as a reference for the bullet journal codes. It's important for memory creation and for reference.
The best bullet journal codes and methods are the ones that you develop, for you. Those will make the most sense to your brain and allow you remember them easily.
It's a lot like making a sandwich. World famous chefs will sometimes dress their very best sandwiches with mayo, but that sandwich is never the best one for me.