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Journaling

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  • Use pen and paper, to reap the psychological and productive benefits of journaling;
  • Make it a habit: Keep your journal in the same spot where you’ll see it at the same time every day.
  • Embrace slowness. Resist the instinct to rush through it to get to the next thing.
  • Don’t edit; just write.
  • Experiment and find out which approaches work best for you.
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Journaling and personal goals
Journaling about your goals helps you clarify what you want and encourages you to consider the why and how not just the what

It serves as a tool for identifying what you should prioritize on a daily basis, and what you should let go of. And it also gives you a record of the progress you’ve made toward your goals to keep you motivated.

  • The Gratitude Journal: Simply write about something that you’re grateful for.
  • Morning Pages: Before starting work each day, write 3 pages, long-hand, of anything that crosses your mind, to clear your head.
  • The Goal Journal: Incorporating your goals into a daily journal is a huge step to getting them done.
  • The Values Journal: Identify the values that are important to you. Then write about how the events of your day connect back to your values.
  • The Curiosity Journal: Challenge yourself to write about one thing every day that made you stop and ask a question.
What you write, you control
  • Recording your thoughts in a medium outside your own head helps your mind to become quieter: It stops returning to the same worn-out mental loops over and over. 
  • When you recount and reflect upon your thoughts and experiences you are, in effect, telling your own story. Journaling helps us clarify, edit, and find new meaning in these narratives.
What you write, you learn

The key to learning is to stop passively consuming information and start actively engaging with the ideas we encounter.

One effective way researchers have found to reinforce learning is through reflective writing: It promotes the brain’s attentive focus, boosts long-term memory, illuminates patterns and gives the brain time for reflection.

Journaling as self-improvement tool

The practical reason to keep a journal: To manage yourself. Most of us still see journaling as a hobby, something that we do for fun or to relax. Sure, those reasons might be true for some. But for mostm journaling is a tool for self-improvement. 📒

<p>“The act of writing is the ...

“The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.” — David Hare 

Things to write about in your journal
  • Write about your activities.
  • Write about what scares you.
  • Write about your decisions.
The quality of your thoughts
You truly get to know the quality of your thoughts when you write them down: how good of a thinker you are, how to make decisions and if they make sense, your goals, priorities, etc.
  • An index
  • A daily log of tasks, events, and notes (each category is marked with its own symbol)
  • A monthly log, which combines a calendar and a to-do list
  • A future log, which serves as a space for longer-term priorities and far-off commitments
The monthly spread

...is quite simply a place to keep your month at a glance

You just need the calendar or list or whatever you decide to use. Everything beyond that is gravy.

Supplies needed to get started with BuJo

You can start a bullet journal in pretty much any empty notebook that you have lying around. That’s all you need. A journal and a pen. 

However, it is much more likely to use a bullet journal every day when getting some joy from the materials you're using. That means that a nicer journal and some bright, funky pens are also a great way to get started and enjoy the process a bit more. 

Bullet journal...

...is a planner system devised by Ryder Carrol.

It is a blank journal that houses a combination of certain elements, that allow you to plan for the future, track the past, and keep your sanity in the present.

  • Weeklies have the exact function of monthlies, but only using a week at a time. You can plan out the next 7 days in detail, covering your schedule, appointments, deadlines, goals, and other information you want to add.
  • Dailies: You write down all the things you need to get done today, all the appointments you need to remember, and any notes you need to keep. You can add other information -  how much water you drank, what food you ate etc.

Future Log

A page where you can write down any future appointments or dates for a month you haven’t set up yet

That way you can easily reference it to see if there’s a dentist appointment coming up or a deadline sneaking up on you.

The 3 common types of logs:
  • A future log helps you keep track of items that aren’t yet on your immediate radar.
  • Monthly logs include things like calendars and categorized goal lists for the next 30 days.
  • Daily logs may includes entries of to-dos, meetings, and reminders.

  1. Get a Journal and Writing Utensils
  2. Start an Index Page: The backbone of your BuJo system, like a table of contents in a book
  3. Create Logs - places where you can brain-dump tasks, projects, goals
  4. Pick Signifiers: Many people use bullets for lists of tasks, circles for events, and dashes for notes. 
  5. Document Items with Collections: Collections are running lists and anything you want to remember for later(like blog topics, books you want to read etc.)

  • It frees up mental space so you can think more clearly and concentrate better.
  • Better retention. Writing by hand engages multiple senses  (visual, kinesthetic, and tactical ) which helps commit tasks to memory. It also signals to your brain that your goals are important, making you more likely to follow through.
  • Psychologically speaking, bullet journaling is more powerful than other paper-planning methods because it’s also a life record and a place for reflection.

Your first notebook will be your learning notebook. Like any productivity method, it will take time to find a bullet journaling flow and structure that works for you. 

Any creative endeavor involves letting go of perfection. Bullet journaling is no different. Make a mess.

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