Keep track of New Year's resolutions with Bullet Journaling
At the start of every new year, we often find ourselves in the frame of mind to start planning. This usually starts off as a series of resolutions, aimed at improving different aspects of our lives in one way or another. This then branches off into formulating daily routines that will increase the possibility of us actually sticking to the goals we created.
More often than not, midway into week three, the euphoria of the new year begins to fade. Old habits creep up again and that, 'lose 10 pounds this year' or 'eat more home cooked meals', flies out the window. Many fail to understand that it is the repetition of small habits that lead to an overall lifestyle change. There is no magic pill or secret spell to create the life you want. It takes a lot of effort, but all you need to do is start. Tracking habits and keeping your life on track can be a lot easier through bullet journaling.
The Bullet Journal, is an analog system created by Ryder Carroll, a Designer based in New York. In his words, the Bullet Journal is meant "to help you track the past, organise the present and plan for the future."
It's an amasing system that keeps a record of everything you could ever want to toss at it. All you need to get started is:
- A really cute notebook.
- Some coloured pens.
Let's Get Started!
The first thing you need to do is to create a key on the first page of your journal. This is necessary for reminding yourself which symbol is used for what activity, and what each colour signifies. Some examples of symbols could include a clock for deadlines, a checkbox for tasks, and a bullet for things you need to do.
The second page is where you create your index. This page is dedicated to sectioning your journal and assigning page numbers so you know exactly where to look. Before you start thinking, “Oh my goodness, this is too much!” it really isn’t. It will take a little time, but it will be worth it in the end.
Every page in the bullet journal is given a topic and these topics are referred to as Collections.
Every entry in the bullet journal is by definition a collection, regardless of what it looks like.
There are three main types of collections that make up the bullet journal (future log, monthly log, and daily log).
1. FUTURE LOGS
This section is where you write all the upcoming events for the year. Ensure that you leave ample space here, around four pages with space for three months on each page. This will remind you of important events that you cannot afford to miss.
2. MONTHLY LOGS
The monthly logs consists of two facing pages. One with a calendar and the other with a task list.
Use the calendar section to write down your events and/or add a note of what happened. The calendar is laid out this way to give you enough space to write a short snippet of events you may have going on, and also to note anything you may wish to remember. This will allow you to get a snapshot of what happened. The task page is a list of things you would like to get done within the month.
3. DAILY LOG
This is the heart of the bullet journal and the part you will spend majority of your time. This is used on a day-to-day basis. The date will be the topic. Throughout the course of the day, you will rapid-log tasks, events, and notes as they occur.
Each section can be decorated with different colours and stickers to add character to your bullet journal.
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