I love my bullet journal. What’s a bullet journal you ask?
A bullet journal is sort of an analog freeform task management system with personal insight capture.
OK … that’s the bullshit answer. The real answer is it’s a paper journal with just a few rules to keep you on track. Watch these videos to get a feel for why it’s so cool. Yes, both videos are aimed at ADHD, but watch them anyway. I watched a LOT of video on YouTube before starting my bullet journal. Jessica’s videos are easily the most entertaining and informative of the bunch.
- why the bullet journal is best for ADHD brains
- How to create a bullet journal plus my top 10 ADHD tips
As far as supplies go, I recommend starting with this Northbooks notebook . It’s inexpensive, sturdy and works just great for me. I don’t have a recommendation for pens, but if you Google ‘Bullet Journal Pens‘ you’ll find a ridiculous number of pages out there dedicated to the topic. I’ve had good luck with a couple old ball point pens I had lying around. I picked up some superfine Sharpies at Office Depot but they bleed through the page too much.
I have two pieces of advice that really helped me get started (both from the videos above)
- Mess it up now, not later. What that means to me is, don’t make your journal precious. It’s a tool. Use it.
- Start simple. I use one color, almost no doodles or sketches. No colors. All that stuff will come later. Just start.
Finally, the thing that’s surprised me the most about using a Bullet Journal for a couple weeks now is HOW I use it. I thought I would be spending most of my time in daily entries. It turns out I do dailies when I need them and they really help me stay on point on those days. When I don’t need them, I skip them. I have a lot of lists and pages dedicated to brainstorming or just thinking through things on paper. It’s THOSE pages that I find the most useful.
Do you use a Bullet Journal? Please share your story in the comments.