Bullet Journaling

Hello friends and SuperFriends,

Since February, I've been using the Bullet Journal method of notetaking and task tracking. I don't use every component of the system, nor do I elaborately embellish the pages as some #bujo fans do. That's the beauty of this system - you can keep it simple or you can ramp up the complexity.

I have gotten so much out of it that I am doing a workshop for my colleagues on the basics of the method. As I told someone a few weeks ago, all I need to do is close my eyes and picture my notebook on my desk. That reminds me that all of my important work tasks are identified and organized for me to tackle them. It's surprisingly relaxing to know that everything (or almost everything) you need to do is written down and ready for action!

This article by Jan Eppingstall is a good brief explanation of some of the potential cognitive benefits of bullet journaling.

To get started, visit the Bullet Journal site to learn the basics. There is ample instruction via text and short videos. Any notebook will do, but I prefer Moleskine brand ones. I have used lined pages before, but with the next notebook I'll try one with dot-grid pages. I tried blank paged ones, but I need some structure else everything I write ends up at an awful slant.

I've also found that splurging a bit ($2-3.00) on a pen you really like helps make the journaling fun (or potentially more colorful). Here are three pen models I use most:

  • Staedtler Tri-Plus Fineliner
  • Stabilo point 88
  • Pilot Hi-Tec C Coleto .5mm (You can customize this pen with the colors of your choice).

I buy most of my pens from JetPens.com but the Staedtler fineliners are available at Office Max/Office Depot. The Stabilo I've seen at both Michael's and Aaron Brothers stores if you have those in your area.

I'll post some additional links later but for now, check it out and see if it might work for you! It sure works for me!