I mentioned recently about falling in love with a new organizational idea. THE BULLET JOURNAL.
Basically, if you are a list-writer? This is for you. It’s just a method to organize all of your lists into one book so that you’ll always have them with you. It’s so simple, it’s genius.
For starters – I didn’t jump in and buy a moleskine. I started the first week with a generic journal I had at the ready. I didn’t want to spend $15 on a moleskine if I wasn’t going to stick with the method. One week in? And I was sold. I bought the standard hard-cover moleskine with pocket, bookmark, and band to close it. It fits in my purse PERFECTLY and therefore goes EVERYWHERE with me.
Now, to me? The key is in the index.
All of the pages you’ll need to reference more than one day, basically, goes in the Index. This is the So Simple It’s Genius part. Because now, all of those lists you keep around in 19 different places in your house? Are easy to find and always with you. Birthday lists. Wishlists. Blog ideas. Training plans. Soccer schedules. Snack days. It’s all RIGHT HERE for you. This index is basically why I’m sticking with the system.
Here is a snapshot of a few of my pages.
The first block is my general “To Do” list for the week. I don’t use the boxes like the guy did in the video just because I prefer the bullet/cross out method for list making. I also don’t switch days. Basically, I start a new page when the old one becomes full or indecipherable. So, this page I started on Monday but will probably end after today. I didn’t like rewriting stuff when often my “To Do” stuff is more WEEKLY than DAILY.
I also put the weekly BIG HUGE DON’T FORGET! items out bigger and in the margin so that they jump out at me.
The next shot is of my “month” list. I’m basically only putting things on that list that may cause scheduling problems for the day. Or things I might not remember. I don’t put soccer games on that list because those are standard days so I don’t forget them. I don’t put every training run on the list because those are weekly things I already consider when making plans. I put my 20-miler on it because that will take a big chunk out of the day, but that’s it.
I started “October” as soon as I started scheduling things for the month. That was some time last week. I did put it a few pages out because I knew I wouldn’t need it at the ready yet, but as soon as I had my first “calendar” item for the month? I made the page.
The rest of the shots are examples of other lists I keep with me now. My training plans, soccer/snack schedules, wish lists for birthday or for myself. I also keep blog ideas, and school information. I even have a page about TV Shows I’d like to keep up with and what seasons I’m on so when they come out with new seasons on Netflix I’ll know I need to watch it.
Now, with work stuff? I basically make “To Do” work pages too, but I do keep those separate from the general life To Do. But that’s just me.
I’m not using any rhyme or reason with ink color, I just pick the color that makes me happy on that page in that moment. I don’t like one color on an entire page. I like to keep things bright and cheerful.
I also rarely use the backs of pages. One? Because no matter the quality of paper (and moleskin is high quality) you’re still going to get a little bit of Show-Through. Now, I do use the backs for quick lists sometimes, like grocery lists, but most of my pages are one-side only.
I’ve always been a list-maker, so for me? This system is perfection on every level. If you’re not someone who needs to write things down perpetually? It’s not for you. But if you have post-its and index cards and pieces of paper in every bag, and pocket, and every surface of your house? Give it a try!