5 Ways Bullet Journaling Can Help Organize Your Life
Get your entire life in order with these 5 collections to add to your bullet journal!
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When it comes to tracking daily to-do's, dates, and other important information we all have our special methods to making sure these items get completed and not forgotten. Sometimes our method is flawed and important dates and information fall through the cracks and we can get frustrated at ourselves for not being more organized. If you fall into the bucket of "I need a better method of organizing my life!", you are not alone.
It's time to get on board with bullet journaling. The purpose behind the bullet journal is not just to use it like a traditional planner, but to also use it to document important events, keep track of ideas, or have a running list of things like books to read or movies to see. This system allows you to have everything that is stored in your brain on paper so (gasp) you won't forget it!
Bullet journaling requires very few supplies to get started. All you need is a new notebook (or grab one of the many you probably already have in your stash). You can use any type of notebook for bullet journaling, but the Leuchtturm1917 with a Dotted Grid seems to be the most popular choice. You will also need a pen, but if you want to make your bullet journal bursting with color, you will want colorful pens, washi tape, and stickers (because, why not?).
- Index: where you will keep track of collections, or lists that correspond with a topic (i.e books to read, project ideas, etc.
- Future log: where you will add any future scheduled events or any tasks/goals you want to accomplish in the future
- Monthly log: used to track everything you have going on each month. It consists of a calendar page and a tasks page
- Daily log: where you will track the tasks you need to complete each day along with any events or special notes you want to remember
So now that you know the basics of what a bullet journal is--here are 5 different ways to use it to organize your life.
With life moving at the speed of lightening it can be hard to keep track of all the memorable moments that happen throughout the month. Incorporating memory keeping into your monthly bullet journaling can bring those moments to life and document them in one place so you won't forget them. You can use doodles to note any special events or memories as they occur during each month. It's a great way to see all of your memories in one place and it gives you an excuse to bust out your markers and get creative each month. When the year is over, you can flip back through your monthly pages to see all of the memories or important events that happened throughout the year.
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As a mom of twins, I always feel like I am running in a million different directions. Keeping track of anything is pretty much non-existent. One area that is seriously lacking in my house is a consistent cleaning schedule. Incorporating a cleaning schedule into your bullet journal will help track all things that revolve around cleaning. You can break it down by daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks. You could take it further by adding dates so you know exactly when you did what. Adding these specific tasks to your daily, weekly, and monthly log will get you to a cleaner and more organized home in no time.
Health and Fitness
Tracking health and fitness can be boring, so why not make it fun and motivational by incorporating it into your bullet journaling. You can keep all of your weight loss milestones in one place and you can see your progress. If you set-up your bullet journal to feel more like a game where everytime you roll the dice (i.e complete a step towards your goal) you get to move forward in the game. Sounds fun, right? Having special rewards increases motivation and you will be able to see exactly how far you are from a weightloss goal. You get to color in the boxes charting your progress along the way. It's a game of life and you get to win--just stay on track!
If eating healthy is on your resolution list, you would definitely benefit from adding a meal plan collection to your bullet journal. This section houses all of the information you need regarding what meals to prepare for the week, the items you need to grab from the grocery store, and a look at what you budgeted for the month vs what you actually spent. Incorporating a meal plan into your bullet journaling will not only help you track all things meal related, but it will give you the ability to look back at prior months to see what meals worked and which ones did not. It will also give you a better idea of what you spent on groceries during the month so you can better budget throughout the year.
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When did I last_____?
I am constantly asking myself "When did I last insert task?". It is so hard to keep track of things like cleaning the blinds, getting your oil changed, changing your sheets, cleaning out the fridge, etc.. Having a collection in your bullet journal where this information lives makes it easy to know when you are due for an oil change or majorly past due in the clean sheets department. Having a place to dump this revolving information can free up so much more space in that brain of yours, and let's be real, we could all use more free space in our old noggins!
With bullet journaling being more than just a daily to-do tracker, you can store everything that is important to you all in one place. From tracking workouts to documenting important memories, your bullet journal is your one place for all items you would normally store in your head. It's time to grab some colored pencils and pens (along with any other pretty tools to make your bullet journal pretty) and get organized, be creative, and set your mind free!