I’m trying out some tweaks to my Bullet Journal practice.
I’ve been using the Bullet Journal method for a few years now. For the most part, my journal pretty closely follows the basic model described in the Bullet Journal book. I get a lot of mileage out of the basic collections like the daily and monthly logs without the need for complicated layouts. However, I am on the lookout for tweaks and ideas that can enhance my journal without adding unnecessary complexity. This week I stumbled over a couple of ideas that I will be implementing for the upcoming month.
I’ve always started off my daily log pages with a copy of my calendar events for the day. A part of me liked using it as a starting point and something I could glance at during the day if needed. In practice, I hardly ever look at my journal to view my upcoming schedule. I do my schedule management from my computer or my phone. Instead of writing down my schedule first thing, I am starting to record meetings and appointments in my journal as they happen throughout the day. So far this working pretty well, and I think I’m going to stick with it. It makes the entries in my daily log look like a better representation of my day. Plus, if a meeting is canceled I don’t have to cross out the entries in my journal.
The one truly custom collection I’ve been using in my journal is a habit/chore tracker spread. It works well enough, but it takes me a few minutes to set up each month, and I don’t feel like I’m getting a ton of value our of tracking habits that are already well established. Instead, I want to focus on the habits I am trying to build up. For example, habits like taking my medication and doing my daily Bible devotional are practically second nature, but I would really like to develop habits around fasting and exercise.
Starting next month, instead of creating a custom collection layout for habits, I am going to add a simple three-column tracker to my monthly log instead. I think this will help me to focus on the habits I am trying to build, while avoiding wasting time and energy tracking habits that I already do well.
Speaking of things that aren’t providing value, the “What’s Next” section of these weekly blog posts is usually pretty lame. This will be the last one unless I happen to feel its warranted.