A few years ago, I read about bullet journaling and thought it sounded like a good idea. Suddenly I saw bullet journal examples EVERWHERE! And they we so pretty. Beautiful lettering and stickers and sketches. I tried it for awhile but all those decorations made my head spin so I quit and declared this was not going to work for me. But, never say never. Here are 3 things I have learned that are making me rethink bullet journaling:
- Ryder Carroll designed the bullet journal to help him “live intentionally.” His idea is about gathering and tracking and learning how to stick with what is really important to you.
- Simplicity is an essential element of the system. If you look at Ryder’s examples, they are bare bones. In his book he says you only need to be able to draw a fairly straight line to practice this system.
- The extras like collections and goal setting don’t need to be set up before starting the basic system. In his book, he recommends starting with the monthly/daily/weekly tracking and tasks. Get that part down as a routine and the other pieces will grow out of that foundation.
So, I grabbed a blank notebook, numbered the pages, and set up the first of those pages. I am only a week in but it feel much more do-able. I did buy a sticker pack that has the months and lots of numbers but I’m only working on one week at a time with tasks and a daily review. I recommend Carroll’s audio book.