Over the years, I tried to find the best tool to organize my life and improve my productivity. I had used OneNote, Evernote, Trello, Mind Map, Todoist, Google Calendar and other notebook applications. But none of them can completely serve my purpose and sometimes it makes things worse – my information is now scattered in places that are managed by different applications.
I recently came across the Bullet Journal on Internet. So I bought the book, “The Bullet Journal Method”, which is written by its creator Ryder Carroll. If you don’t know or never heard of Bullet Journal, in a high level, it contains the following components: (a) Index – like an index of a book that refers page numbers to topics, (b) Future Log – a summary view of the months in a year, (c) Monthly Log – a summary view of the days in a month, and (d) Daily Log – tasks, events and notes of each day in a month.
Basically, tasks and events flow from Future Log to Monthly Log then to Daily Log. To set up a Bullet Journal, you need a blank notebook (Leuchtturm1917 dotted notebook is recommended) and a pen. A blank notebook and the handwriting enables the flexibility so the journalist can experiment different formats without the structure constraint from traditional diaries. For more details about Bullet Journal, you can refer to its YouTube Channel.
Back to the book, Ryder introduced the basics and shared the techniques that you can incorporate to improve your Bullet Journal experience. He also shared the ideas with visual examples on how to implement them into your journal. If you are a current Bullet Journalist or planning to set up one for 2019, this book is the most valuable reference nowadays. As its PR pamphlet said: “You don’t have to be a bullet journaler to get a lot out of this book – it’s full of insights on intentional living and staying calm in a crazy world.”
If you are interested in an alternate methodology in jounaling, this book is highly recommended. But if you feel handwriting is a bit old fashioned and prefer a digital journal, I also tried to set up the Bullet Journal in Trello (my favorite web-based project management tool) and I think I have cracked it. So if you are keen on a digital Bullet Journal, leave a comment and I will publish another post for this.