Bullet Journal

I love writing in my notebook and pen – just because. Often, I’m guilty writing notes on scraps of paper then waste so much more time trying to figure out what I was scribbling and in what order I wrote them. Came across this Bullet Journal note-taking concept and I think it’s really helpful in being more productive.

In the video above, the Bullet Journal introduces this concept called rapid logging,

Rapid logging consists of a few specific sections:

  • An index, in which you list the page numbers of any subject you want to find again later (using a notebook with pre-printed page numbers speeds up this process).
  • A future log, in which you keep track of upcoming events or deadlines for the next six months.
  • A monthly log, in which you note events and deadlines for a specific month, and a list of monthly tasks. (list down the dates in a column, accompanied with first letter of the day)
  • A daily log, in which you write down tasks, events, and notes per day. This is where you plan what to get done each day and work through your tasks.

The idea of rapid logging is that you can mix together notes, tasks, and events in the same place, using different symbols to separate them.

  • Task: bullet point.
  • Event: circle
  • Note: dash.
  • Asterisk: to signify importance/priority.
  • Exclamation mark ! : Inspiration / Eye: to explore
  • When you finish the task, you can turn the dot into an “X.”
  • To show the task was moved, you turn the dot into an arrow.

End of every month, scan for incomplete tasks and ask “is it worth my time?”

If short term, put symbol ‘>’ and record it into the next monthly log. If it’s due in months, put ‘<‘ in future log. This process is called migration, and is what makes differentiates between being busy and productive.

Read more on their page: http://bulletjournal.com/get-started/

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