A month ago I already introduced the Bullet Journal and the benefits of this system. But as there are many ways to customize a Bullet Journal to suit your personal needs, I’ll show you how I built mine in this blog post. Keep reading and let yourself be inspired to start your own Bullet Journal!
If you’ve missed the first blog post for this series, you should definitely read it: Bullet Journal.
To start off, there are many beautifully crafted Bullet Journals. Such a design also requires a lot of time though. Although I wanted to establish an aesthetically pleasing design for my Bullet Journal, I still chose a minimalist approach to invest as little time as possible in the design.
For the basic structure I followed the original system and use a Future as well as a Monthly Log. I also used a Weekly Log and the classic Daily Log as well. For me, a weekly overview is more tangible than a monthly one and helps me to plan my tasks more efficiently.
After a month, however, I noticed that the Daily Log has little relevance for me. I rarely wrote down ideas and tasks that I’ve already done have little relevance to me. I would like to use the Bullet Journal to organize what I still have to do and not to see what I have already done. For this reason, I have omitted the daily overview and currently work only with a monthly and a weekly view.
Since there is no weekly overview in the original system, I would like to discuss it separately. I’ve already changed the concept of my weekly view once, because the first layout was not sufficient for my purposes.
On the left side I have a small calendar of the current month in which the current calendar week is marked. Such an overview gives me a good feeling in my planning, because I can keep an eye on the current month that way.
I also have an overview of my current week, so I know immediately about my appointments or tasks at hand. At the end of the left side I have an overview for tasks that I have to do this week or I will have to complete next week.
The former includes tasks that are not tied to a specific day. The overview for next week helps me to not experience any “bad” surprises and I know roughly what to expect.
In my weekly overview, I also have an overview of my time and a habit tracker. The overview shows at a glance how I spent my time. That way I can see how “productive” I actually was. The habit tracker helps me to establish new useful habits.
I started with my collections from back to front in my bullet journal. My first collection is the classic “My Year in Pixels” because I like the idea of having a graphical overview of my year.
Immediately following is an overview of my planned blog posts and an overview of my social media statistics. This helps me on the one hand to prepare my blog posts earlier and on the other hand to keep track of the development of my social media.
Next, I have a list of the books I currently read and still want to read. This is particularly useful for me because I have written down books that I want to read in so many different ways that I have often lost track. Right next to it, I have a page for important or inspiring quotes.
The next double page contains the well-known “Level 10 Life” Collection. I have defined 8 areas of my life in which I would like to develop further. Then I marked my current state (on a scale of 1-10) and set goals for the individual areas. I try to look through these goals regularly and work on them as often as I can.
Apart from that, I have collections for my individual projects and for “100 Ideas for …”. For my projects I use the overview explained in the following video: The Dynamic Kanban Board. I particularly like the flexibility that comes from using post-its.
100 Ideas for … is a collection for brainstorming. You pick a topic and try to write down 100 ideas without pausing in between. It is important that you do not take breaks for this concept to work. Duplicate ideas can be written down as well as seemingly “meaningless” ideas. Afterwards, you can work through and prioritize the individual entries. You’ll be amazed at what ideas you come up with this way!
Although I’m very pleased with the current build of my Bullet Journal, it’s still a system that can keep evolving. Currently I’m reading the book “Getting Things Done” by David Allen and I’m thrilled with his method. I will try to integrate it into my life during the next few months and my Bullet Journal will play a key role in that.
In the course of this it will be reworked a few times, but that’s the beauty of the Bullet Journal: It can adapt to your needs!
Are you already running your own Bullet Journal or could I inspire you to start one? Let me know in the comments!