Last month, I came across a video by Ryder Carrol that detailed a day planning system called Bullet Journaling. With just that one video, I realized excitedly that this is exactly what I have needed in my life. Years ago I used to be religious in scheduling my life with a Day Runner planner. But, I writer really large and struggled to stay within the constraints of the pre-printed pages. Also, there were many additional things I wanted to track and many notes I wanted to take.
After learning the bullet journal system which took about 10 minutes. I was happy to know that all that was required was just a journal and a pen. The Leuchtturn 1917 Notebook is the favored journal used by most bullet journalers because of it dotted line formatted pages.
I decided to go with a more custom journal because I needed a larger size and wanted to base my journal on my learning to draw, sketch and doodle so I choose a sketchbook. I have found that once I got past the initial blunders of laying out the first couple of pages it became more clear that I could use my bullet journal to organize every part of my life. I created pages (collections) related to my social media, exercise logs, productivity logs and wish lists.
I have been bullet journaling for about 5 weeks now and I see an extreme change in the way that I have been able to stick to my plans and effectively get things done. I have read advice that says in planning and setting goals that goals that are written down are more likely to be completed. Now, I really understand how this is true. While just scheduling dates of events and todos of things you need to do. Bullet journaling allows you to recognize that tasks should be done now.
I made a video showing how my first bullet journal is setup, maybe that will inspire you to start yourself on the path to supreme organization and productivity.