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PARENTING / Nov ‘2019

The silver bullet for organising your life: The Bullet Journal

PARENTING / NOV ‘2019

The silver bullet for organising your life: The Bullet Journal

If you are feeling overwhelmed with your never-ending to-do list, read on to discover how to take control of your life…

Words Charlotte Newton

As a parent, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed at times. There is so much to do and remember: fill in the school permission note, buy a costume for dress up day, help with maths homework, buy more (lactose free) milk, wash sports uniform, check for nits, check again for nits, book a dentist appointment, buy a present to take to the party this weekend…

And that’s before you add in work meetings, emails and conference calls. So how do you keep on top of it all? Introducing….. The Bullet Journal!

This is actually a method of organisation, developed by Ryder Carroll six years ago, using a paper-based journal. This might seem a bit backward in today’s digital age but there is something very reassuring about having everything written down in a hardback book.

 

The analogue method for the digital age. It’s a way to ‘track the past, organise the present, and plan for the future’ - Ryder Carroll

Here’s how it works:

1 – Take a blank dotted journal such as the Leuchtturm 1917 brand

2 – Use rapid logging symbols to show tasks, notes and events for each day.

3 – Have fun creating your customised pages!

See this 5 minute tutorial:  https://bulletjournal.com/pages/learn

You can use it in the same way as a traditional diary/journal, you can add grids to track habits, you can create master lists of housekeeping chores, meal plans, birthdays, exercise schedules, holiday plans, whatever YOU need in your life. The idea is that it is all together in one place for easy access. Psychologists suggest this practice creates peace of mind and also makes you more efficient!

There really is no right or wrong way to use a bullet journal. It can even serve as a creative outlet as it offers an opportunity to draw and doodle.

For parents, it is helpful to be able to see a whole week at a glance (although you can draw your journal up as you like). Bullet journalling means you can see where your days are going to be busy and plan accordingly – maybe it’s takeaway food that night? It’s a place to quickly jot things down or to create an artistic masterpiece. Type #bulletjournal or #bujo into Instagram for inspiration. But don’t be put off – your bullet journal doesn’t need to be a work of art, it just needs to be functional!

It may be helpful to carry the journal with you or to simply add things to the calendar on your phone, or to-do app and copy them across each night/each weekend for the upcoming week. You make it work for you and your lifestyle.

 

Sometimes self-care means putting in a bit more effort to make a change. So if you are feeling overwhelmed by life, it may be worth giving bullet journaling a go!

Charlotte Newton

Charlotte is a keen professional writing and publishing student. Despite a lifelong love of learning, Charlotte has found her three children to be her greatest teachers in life.