After looking through several planners for work, we decided to give bullet journaling a try. There are different planners that fit different needs, such as intentions and elements you require. If you can’t find a planner that works for you, you might have to make one yourself! Sometimes, you don’t know what’s best for you until you give things a try, which is the beauty of a bullet journal. If you don’t like a design, you can always change it up in the next spread. There is so much flexibility. If you find yourself having to skip months, there are no regrets in saving some paper.
What is your goal behind starting a bullet journal? When I had to complete my own performance write-up at work for 2020, a lot of my memory was a bit blurry because of everything that happened. Even though I had a planner, I wasn’t the best at keeping up with it because I wasn’t utilizing its features. This year, I wanted to be on top of my game and pave a path to becoming a Cybersecurity Advisor. Being able to set up the bullet journal to capture everything I have to do and have a space for a short reflection is what I needed.
There are lots of bullet journals out in the market. When it comes to journals, I (Nancy) started personalizing them so it can feel *mine*. I’ve purchased planners and bullet journals from Papier for two years.
Not going to lie, the biggest challenge is my penmanship. I don’t write that often, so my calligraphy and block writing is out of shape. It takes time to get back to my usual grind. Sometimes when you feel like you’ve messed up on the layout, it’s tempting to rip the page out and start over. Just push through and make improvements in your next spread. One of the things I learned is to keep my spread one month at a time, so at least I don’t have to commit too long to a certain look.
Pinterest has been my biggest go-to when it comes to finding inspiration. There are so many different variations you can adopt and stylize. My journal doesn’t have a monthly calendar – the spacing doesn’t exactly work out for me. At best, I have a monthly overview of what I’m working on, what’s on my plate, and what I want to do. I take on things through a weekly spread, where I try to overload my tasks on Monday, and anything that isn’t completed gets pushed to the next day until it’s completed. Every week, I have a different set of tasks to focus on.
Utilizing symbols is important! I like to use different symbols such as “x” for completed, “~” for in progress, “>” for deferred to some other time, and ” ” (blank) for not started.
One of the ways I am trying to avoid burnout these days is by reflecting on the good. I have a page (not shown) where I dedicate a line per working day. I make a point to reflect and think about one good thing that happened. It’s important to find positivity, even through the smallest things. One of my daily reflections involved being excited that someone took the time to send me a thank you email for handling a request.
Have you tried a bullet journal before? If so, please share your experience!