Bullet journalling has been around for a few years now, but it's only now that I've decided to start a bullet journal of my own. The bullet journal is the idea of Ryder Carroll. He wanted something easy to use and over a period of time, he tweaked what we now know as the bullet journal.

The bullet journal isn't the notebook itself, it's the conventions used in the notebook that make it a bullet journal. There are a number of different pages to a bullet journal:

  • Future log - A two-page spread listing what you need to do over the next six months.
  • Monthly log - A single page listing the month ahead and what you planned for each day.
  • Daily log - A page with tasks and notes listed for each day.
  • Collection - A single page comprising of a number of related tasks.
  • Index - A number of pages with references to any future logs, monthly logs, collections and any other page you need to remember.

I'm using it in much the same way as the method on the website with the exception of the bullets. I've been using Patrick Rhone's DashPlus system for few years now for my notebooks for capturing and so I'm sticking with that.

I keep a list of recurring tasks that I must do each week and month. Every week I have admin work to do, invoices to review and marketing tasks to get done. I keep these tasks under two pages. The first is weekly and the second is monthly. Any recurring tasks get listed here and then migrated to the month log or daily log when I need too.

It's fairly easy to pick up and that's one of the reasons why I like it so much. Even the simplest task manager apps on the market have a degree of complexity about them. With the bullet journal everything is there to see. Nothing to hide.

The immediate benefit is that you're away from the screen for periods at a time through the day. Modern technology is great and makes us more productive, but there comes a point where even modern technology becomes counterproductive and we end up needing something to reinforce what's important to do next.

For me the big benefit is the need to spend more time reviewing and planning my tasks in the journal rather than simply seeing what my to do list has scheduled in place for me to do that day. Now that I spend more time planning my day and week I'm more aware of what I'm doing and the time I'm spending on each task.