In the world of being a mom, blogger, author, designer, etsy shop owner, college student, and wife I have really had to search for ways to become more organized and more productive. This blog for me has always been about seasons and I am always so happy to simply share with you all whatever is on my heart in my devotionals, and now share some insight on the tools that help me to feel a little bit more responsible on a daily basis.
I recently started using a bullet journal in order to stay more organized. I actually use multiple tools to stay organized, and that is my “secret.” I don’t use my bullet journal for everything. I mostly use my bullet journal to keep track of my daily to-dos (daily log), my monthly goals or tasks that need to be accomplished with school, appointments that need to be made, appointments that I have during the month, or projects that need to be completed around the house. I also like to use my bullet journal for my “wish lists.”
However, for most things work related I use the custom happy planner inserts that I have designed and sell in my Etsy shop. For my Bible Study Journal I have a separate tool for that, too. Again, my secret to being more organized is to have many different tools for the different passions in my life!
I love the bullet journal because it is so simple to get started and so easy to keep it updated. To get started with bullet journaling all you really need is a journal with dotted pages and also know the basics on how to set up your bullet journal which you can find here.
Here are a few ways the bullet journal can help you to stay more productive.
The Bullet Journal Makes You Plan Ahead
As you make out your daily tasks lists, you have to think about what you should be working on. This makes you plan ahead and think things through instead of sitting at your desk doing busy work. A little bit of planning can help you make progress that much faster and it will boost your overall productivity. If you find daily to-do lists helpful, give bullet journaling a try as a way to get even more productive faster.
Some people find it helpful to make out their next day’s task list at the end of the day. Others prefer to make out their list first thing in the morning, while they are drinking coffee and getting ready for the day. Both are valid approaches. Give both a try and see what works for you.
The Bullet Journal Motivates You To Get Stuff Done
Once you have your daily tasks recorded, you’ll be motivated to work on checking them off. This will greatly increase your productivity in several different ways. The first is that you know exactly what you should be working on. You won’t waste time figuring out what your next step is, or sit there and watch cat videos instead of doing something productive.
The daily list of tasks will also make you push just a little harder to make sure everything gets done before you call it a day. Try it and see how much more you can get done in a day with a daily list in your bullet journal.
The Bullet Journal Is A Great Record To Help You Reflect
Last but not least, the bullet journal is a great record of what you’ve been doing on a daily basis. Set aside a little time to look through your notes at the end of the week or the month. Reflect on what’s working and what isn’t. Where do you need to work harder, what can you stop doing. Use the record your bullet journal gives you to improve your processes and tasks. It will make you better at your job, in school, and at home. Use it as a personal and professional improvement tool.
A bullet journal is a great way to stay productive at work, at home, or in school. Just about anyone can benefit from bullet journaling from college students to busy working moms. If you feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day to get everything done you want to accomplish, use a bullet journal to help you plan and prioritize
P.S. You can easily make your own dotted journal. Download my dotted paper template here: Free Dotted Paper Template. Fold the paper in half and cut along the solid black lines. Use a stapler to create the binding down the crease in the middle. Now you have a dotted journal to get you started with bullet journaling!