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Start with a bullet journal. Better late than never.

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After a period of reflection (read vacation) it is nice to go back to work. Many people are still working from home. I myself still work non-stop from home, my whole house is full of papers. There are yellow notes, notes everywhere and my notepad is filled with things I have to do. Totally not clear and if I have to search for something I spend a long time on it. Starting a bullet journal can offer a solution. For you too.

Below are four helpful tips to get you started. Because: better late than never. Oh wait: "What is bullet journaling?" > Keeping a Bullet Journal is a personal organization method originally developed by designer Ryder Carroll. The system organizes planning, reminders, to-do lists, brainstorming and other organizational tasks in one notebook.

Tip 1 - Start (and keep) it simple

When you first start your bullet journal, you often don't see the wood for the trees. Because everything is possible and there is so much, especially if you came across Bullet journaling on Pinterest. It's only natural that you feel overwhelmed by the hundreds of lists that you think you need to keep track of and that leave you more work organizing than executing them. Stop! When you first start, start small and simple. Save the ideas you come across in a special folder. Not everything has to be done right away. Just focus on your daily and monthly schedule until you get into a routine. Just remember that the goal is to make organization and planning fun, not to be perfect.

Tip 2 - Make it a (good) habit

It may just be that you barely touch your bullet journal over time. That's a shame, because you're trying to achieve something with journaling. To make the best use of the bullet journal system, you need to make it systematic. Try to set a fixed time when you keep your journal daily. Relax in the evening before going to sleep or in the morning with your first cup of coffee. If you create a habit, you develop a rhythm and it will work for you.

Tip 3 - Ooh, a bullet journal community!

One of the great things about bullet journaling is the community that is associated with it. There are so many Facebook groups, Pinterest boards, etc. that you can find and connect with other planner addicts. Bullet journalers come from all walks of life: teens, parents, professionals, hobbyists, freelancers, students and creatives. More good news: the people in this community are generally positive, motivated and encouraging. Nice is not it?! Have a look here .

Tip 4 - Get beautiful things at home

Yes, you can start with a cheap notebook and any old pen. But you only really get motivated, and make it a routine more easily, if your journal looks and feels good.

The Hieroglyphs bullet journal, as this A5 notebook is called, for example, is available in five different colors. It is useful that you can write down what is where in the index and with the three bookmarks you can also easily find certain pages. Because some activities do not have to be done immediately, but sometimes six months later, I write them down in the 6-month log. There is also a weekly log, monthly log and even a future log. The daily log is of course the most important. It is clearly explained how you can use symbols to cross off tasks that you have done, but also how to move them to the next day or month.


You don't just have to use the bullet journal for business. Privately, you can also use it as a diary, travel blog (nice to indicate where you've been on the map in the bullet journal), but also as mindful planning or to sketch in.

My work chaos has been put in order by the bullet journal and my house has been cleaned up. And I will certainly also use it privately to let my thoughts run free and to write everything down so that my head is nice and clear again. Are you curious? You can order the Hieroglyphs bullet journal at Bol.com.

Video: Minimal bullet journal setup > for productivity + mindfulness

Finally, a nice inspiration video to get you completely in the mood.

    Welcome to the Bullet journal world! Just in time for fall

    1 Response

    Leandra

    Leandra

    September 11, 2020

    Het begin voelt inderdaad behoorlijk overweldigend. Je wilt gelijk ´mee kunnen doen´. Dus na een paar valse starts, ben ik nu ook echt begonnen. Met een tracker. Een tracker voor het sporten, en dan 1x per maand de voortgang bijhouden. Ook plak ik er mooie plaatjes of quotes in, die ik leuk vind.

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