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Productivity by Way of Doodling!

Hey there dear readers!

Today I wanted to share with you something I’ve been experimenting with to try to organize meself and boost my productivity: bullet journaling. It’s all the rage on Pinterest and Instagram, apparently. For those of you who don’t know, a bullet journal is a journal that has pages filled with equidistant dots, or bullets, in a grid pattern. Sort of like graph paper, but without the lines. The purpose of this is to allow you to design your journal or planner however you like, using the dots to help you design your layout without having to go nuts measuring.

Bullet Journal by blank_space_bujo
by @blank_space_bujo https://www.instagram.com/p/BNrhyn5BSlH/

The appeal of the bullet journal is strong for someone like me who obsessively doodled over everything as a kid and who never liked the school planners they gave out every year. Finally, a journal planner that I can customize to whatever I like! AND I can draw alllllll over it! If you’re curious, here are some other awesome bullet journal pages to take a peek at: http://www.bulletjournalcollection.com/2017/03/soft-pretty-weeklies.html

What I love about this style of journaling is it allows me to keep track of the things I want to keep track of. Sleep habits, exercise, language study, vitamins (whoops, forgot to take those today!), house upkeep, and books I’m reading. If I don’t care about tracking calories, I don’t have to do that. If I want to include a doodle a day of my doofy cats, I can absolutely do that.

At the beginning of each month, I have a two-page spread where I write out what goals I met and what goals I still have to work on from the past month, and on the next page I write down my goals for the current month. For each week of the month, I try to break down those goals into manageable bites so that I can realistically accomplish those goals without scrambling madly the last few days. It’s really worked well for me so far! I don’t always remember to update it, but I’m getting better at that.

Right now I’m planning out next year’s bullet journal so I don’t have to draw each week’s pages the week before the next. It’s really fun, and I’m excited to pick a theme. I might go with the Jacobin calendar (the French Revolutionary calendar that assigns plants and farming things to each day of the year – today is Corn day of the Fruit month, for example) or maybe tea cups and tea facts from around the world. Or maybe cats? Or unicorns! I have no idea yet. We’ll see! Regardless, I’m just happy to have discovered this tool that helps me organize my time well, ‘cos I dearly needed it.

What helps you organize your time, readers?

Thanks for reading!

Katie

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