Keeping a journal is a very important part of my personal and professional life. As an accountant, I have a well-rounded list of tasks that need to be performed each week, and with this in mind, it only makes sense to do them in this format.
But why do I use the bullet journal? Is it so I can work on long lists and list off things that need to be done? Not really.
The purpose of a bullet journal is to put everything into writing. It is a very effective way to keep track of the tasks you want to complete and to create specific lists of all of the items you are going to accomplish. It’s like creating a journal to remind yourself that you’re on track and to become more organized in your routine.
You may wonder if there are any printable templates that can help you create this journal. There are hundreds of free templates on the Internet, but a good rule of thumb is to always make sure the template you’re using will fit your needs. For example, if you’re looking for a to-do list or checklist, then check out the template on TaskIt.com. If you need to create a small list for notes or a journal to keep track of different things, check out Bullet Journal.com.
The best way to look for a template is to find a group that has many free ones and join up with them. It’s not easy to find a good quality template at first, but once you’re a member, they will let you post your own templates. They also give you the chance to share your own templates as well. This way, you get to add more templates, but it also helps you find new ones as the need arises.
Other printable templates include tasks, lists, daily goals, and even a daily calendar. With so many to choose from, you may find it difficult to find the one that meets your personal needs. So how do you choose which template you will use?
As long as you have your own unique style, make sure it includes the elements that you are most comfortable with. If you tend to write things down rather than just keeping things in your head, don’t use a template that requires you to create an outline. If you write things down so that they “just get here,” or if you prefer to keep things in a visual, rather than verbal, format, then that’s fine too.
Just make sure the template you choose will allow you to express yourself and show your personality, instead of trying to fit into some specific group. Try to avoid using a template that asks you to use a certain format, such as a Microsoft Word document or MS Access file. It’s also best to avoid templates that require you to cut and paste the text into a text editor.
One more thing to keep in mind is to consider if the bullet journal you choose is personal or professional. If you’re a stay at home mom, a high school student, or a business person, then you probably won’t want to use a template that doesn’t include details about their daily activities. Also, if you are creating the journal for you, then you probably want to have your own ideas and individuality included.
In order to make the bullet journal more personal, you might consider creating a collage of images that reflect your tastes. Consider including famous moments from your family or favorite movie and music and use a bold or bolder font to represent the image.
Since so many people use the bullet journal for more than just a daily habit, keep in mind that it can be used for more than journaling. If you find a template that really appeals to you, then use it to your advantage and make your journaling more personal.