Since June, a new journal joined my planning team. It’s a journal that is entirely dedicated to the blog, and it holds all the ideas, projects and checklists I need to organize this little Internet corner. This way, all about the blog is in one place and it makes it more easier to get a big picture of what’s happening and what needs to be done around here. Ready for a tour of my brand new blog journal?
3 steps to get started
I’m always starting 15 projects at the same time, and my plans usually fail at some point: lack of time, decreasing of my initial motivation, no budget, etc. And yet, most part of my job is about managing projects and make sure they become success… So I decided that it is time to truly manage my personal projects as well, using some of the methods and tools I use at work. This post opens a new section on the blog, dedicated to my experiments on project management in my personal bullet journal. I hope you’ll like it!
Keeping a minimal bullet journal
Less is more – Mies van der Rohe
Is there any better quote to describe the way I bullet journal? It’s pretty obvious, and if you’ve already browse through the blog, you’ll know what I mean, my bullet journal is super simple and minimal and I never doodle or decorate my spreads. This style is not a random choice, it’s really some part of my personality. I find that there are many benefits to keep my journal as plain as possible. Here are 5 advantages of minimalism when it comes to the bullet journal!
July is here, and I finally took some time to sit at my desk with a good Netflix serie to plan for summer in a brand new notebook! I didn’t share my bullet journal set-up yet around here, and this is the perfect time to show you the system I use on a daily basis. So today’s post is a review of the Bullet Journal set-up I’ll use for the next 3 months!
6 weekly layouts I tried
At the very moment I started my Bullet journal, 18 months ago, I knew that I would add a weekly log to the system created by Ryder Carroll. I’ve always been using weekly planners, and planning on a weekly basis really helps me to visualize the upcoming days and get everything organized more easily than on a whole month.
My weekly layout have change a lot during my bullet journal journey, sometimes for a matter of style, but always to better fit my needs too. Here is a retrospective review of 6 weekly layouts I’ve been using from my very first bullet journal until today.
I started to use the bullet journal system to better manage my projects at work at the end of 2015. One year and a Leuchtturm notebook later, if the journal system worked great, I had some trouble with the notes part of the system: they got dispersed among the pages, and neither a strong index nor a smart threading system really helped. I definitely needed some other system to manage my meeting notes and to be able to organize them depending on the related project.
From this point, I’ve been looking for a more flexible notebook, and I’ve been hesitating between the Filofax Notebook and the Atoma one. I couldn’t decide, so I bought both and thought it may help some of you to have a review of them!
We all have 24 hours in a day… And I can’t count the days I feel I don’t have enough time. To better use the available time I have, I try to optimize my working hours and to be as productive as I can during them. There’s nothing especially innovative about how I organize my days to increase my productivity, but I use some efficient, tried and true strategies.
Here is why I’m obsessed about my watch at work, and how I try to slow down the clock with some tricks I use on a day-to-day basis!
3 ways to organize content in a bullet journal
The main interest of the bullet journal concept (in my opinion) is that it allows to keep all kind of information in the same notebook (using the index and signifiers) instead of having a whole bunch of notebooks with special use. No more lost notes, a complete history of events and tasks and the possibility to manage daily tasks and long term projects in the same book.
But when so many different information are mixed up, it may become difficult to locate the collection you’ve been looking for for hours or this note you remember without being able to find it…
With all these digitals tools around designed to help us manage money, it may seem totally out-of-date to keep track of finances in a notebook… But doing it this way helps me to keep my budget on track, to avoid the temptation of compulsive buying and save some money for small or bigger projects!
I’m using two separated notebooks to manage my personal and professional lives. I’m busy enough at work so that I don’t want to have an eye on all my tasks lists when I’m off. This separation is vital to keep a professional/personal balance!
I’m using the Bullet Journal system at work since the beginning of 2016, and it took me some time and a lot of trials to find an organisation that fits my needs. I’m managing all projects plannings and task list in my notebook, and use a digital calendar for appointments and deadlines.