You may have heard of bullet journaling recently. It’s all over Instagram and Pinterest and has all the interest and reputation of the newest way to express yourself through art and creative calendar planning.
But, according to the inventor, Ryder Carroll, the bullet journal was originally created as an organizational system.
While it may have grown in fame as a creative outlet for people who like doodling and calligraphy, it can be a super useful organizational tool, regardless of whether you’re more creative or if you don’t care about that stuff.
What is a Bullet Journal?
According to the official bullet journal website, a bullet journal could be “your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above.”
With different sections for planning out your day, your week, your month, and even your year, a bullet journal can be used as a very specialized tool for productivity. You can use it in its simplest form to create a list of daily, weekly, or monthly work goals. It gives you both a big picture and a small picture view of your work calendar, so you can better plan what needs to be done and in what order.
Because it’s super customizable, you can use a bullet journal for pretty much anything.
How to Use the Bullet Journal to Increase Productivity
The Bullet Journal uses a process of note-taking and thought-writing called “rapid logging.”
It uses bullet points (hence the name) and short-form notation to help you get to the point of what you’re trying to write down faster, so you don’t have to spend too much time on it.
I recommend using the four main “modules” indicated on the website to help you visualize your work: Index, Future Log, Monthly Log, Daily Log. That way, you have multiple, easily-accessible ways to look at your work and plan accordingly so you can be the most productive!
Why It Works
Studies show that the act of writing something down by hand can be much more productive than simply typing it into your phone or computer. It may help you remember things. It also could help you organize your thoughts and to visualize what you need to do.
So, before you dismiss the bullet journal as just another fad, try out the simple structure for yourself and see how customizing it to fit your needs can increase your productivity!