Why Bullet Journal? Why Now?
I have preferred paper “day planners” for most of my working life so bullet journals are just a logical next step to what I already do… but without the expense of a preprinted planner and without the limitation of predefined areas on paper to work within.
To restate in simple terms, bullet journals to me are just an DIY replacement on the paper “day planners” I love to use.
I still use electronic tools as well, primarily Google Calendar and Remember the Milk for my calendar and my larger future tasks list – so there is some redundancy with events and tasks stored in multiple places – but that provides a necessary backup.
What is a Bullet Journal anyways?
To borrow from bulletjournal.com –
The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.
There are some basic guidelines in the bullet journal methodology on suggested sections to use, and how to indicate tasks, events, and comments. Again, these are just suggestions that you can adopt to fit your own personal needs.
You can find lots more detail at the bullet journal site or by doing a web search on bullet journals to see hundreds of examples and articles.
My Basic Bullet Journal Tool Chest
When you peruse the internet, you see many bullet journals are works of art done by very talented people but artistic ability is not really a requirement. I see it as primarily a way of being productive.
My tools are three Fisher Space pens - one each in black, red, and green ink – and a ruler. Pretty simple?
My book of choice is a hard-cover Leuchtturm 1917 in the A5 size but there are so many choices in all price ranges.
I also have a roll of washi tape to use for section dividers and have a few stencils which I almost never use.
Thank you for reading my take on bullet journals.