It’s been a minute since I’ve posted about my Bullet Journal so I figured it was time for the next post in this series. We’ve covered the general concept and Future Logs before. Another important component in Bullet Journal is the daily log or tracker. Now you can do this however you like, or more correctly, however suits you best.
My original set up had a full page per day, trackers for my time usage, water intake, gratitude and for a daily writing prompt. I dedicate a corner to the weather forecast, A top third to my Big daily ToDo’s and the bottom third to other tasks for the day. Looking back a lot of these pages were empty or the tasks were mostly carried over. Seeing all of these blank and incomplete pages exhausted my mental energy. I felt like a failure all the time. So I went looking for alternatives.
Last month I tried a new method that tracked my daily tasks and plans with a weekly layout. It was fun to draw, and visually pleasing. There was ample space for weather, smaller to-do lists, and even a section dedicated to my meal planning. After trying this layout for a month, I realized that I liked the idea of weeklies more so than a full page per day. I felt more accomplished, even though I’m carrying over the same amount of tasks, simply because I had completed my page. I figuratively cleared things from my plate but using a smaller one. This layout didn’t work super well for me, because I like to have space for my grocery list and meal planning but it sparked an idea.
This month, I’m using a different weekly layout each week. Essentially, giving each new layout a trial run, and reviewing the pros and cons as I go. The first layout used pretty straight lines, and a grid format. There is space for daily goals exercise meal planning and to do list, and on the side there’s a section for upcoming tasks events or whatever else you want to use that space for. It’s not as visually appealing but there’s a lot of space for tasks, but still not enough space for meal planning in my opinion.
For the second week I used a layout that reminded me of a game board. Each day gets a 9 by 9 Square, there is a space for weekly goals and a large block for a running to do list. In the middle there’s a section that you can either use for daily trackers or I used it for menu planning and grocery list. And then all the way on the right there’s a space for notes and upcoming events. So far this has been my favorite new layout. I like the movement that the page has as well as the space I can incorporate four different categories that matter to me.
For the third week, the layout is more of a list system broken into personal and work appointments or goals on the left Page and notes meal planning and to-do list space on the right page. The fourth week is similar to the third week layout, however it does not break the planning sections in to personal and work, it includes a daily blog for exercise meal planning and a space for two dues for the day.
When designing your daily or weekly layout it is most important to take into consideration the things that you want to track. The beauty of a bullet Journal is that it can be whatever you need. Do you need space where you can track appointments by the hour or half-hour? Are you trying to reach your goal by making sure you repeat habits everyday? Is meal planning really important to you? Would you rather have a running to do list for your whole month, your week, or a daily list? Do you want to write down what you’re grateful for every day? You can incorporate whatever your needs are into a new layout just for you.
Do you use a bullet Journal already, or are you thinking about starting one? Are you finding this series to be helpful? What else would you like to know about the process of starting and maintaining a bullet Journal? I am here to help you so please let me know below what other things you’d like to read more about, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!