Using A Bullet Journal To Boost Your Productivity
Creating and maintaining a bullet journal is so easy and inexpensive anyone can do it! Whether you are a student, stay at home mom, creative, or a professional, you can benefit from bullet journaling. When you feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day to accomplish your daily goals, using a bullet journal to plan and prioritize your days makes life easier for you, freeing up precious time for yourself and your family.
Bullet Journaling Helps You Plan Ahead
Some people find it helpful to make out their next day’s task list at the end of the day. Others prefer to make out their list first thing in the morning while drinking their coffee and getting ready for the day. Personally, rather than plan everything day by day, I prefer to plan out a week at a time. In order to do this, I sit down for five or ten minutes over the weekend and look at my monthly calendar for any upcoming tasks or events that need to be added to a certain day for the upcoming week. I then look over everything from the previous week and move any tasks that were not completed onto an appropriate day for the upcoming week.
As you plan and prioritize your daily tasks, you should take into consideration everything that could possibly affect each day. Things such as construction on the roadways, house guests, holidays, stressful situations at work, parties, appointments, illnesses, etc. can have huge impacts on how you should plan your days. For example, our neighborhood is closed off for two hours every year for the homecoming parade, blocking everyone from entering or leaving our neighborhood until the parade ends. And it always happens in the evening when people are trying to come home from work. So frustrating! Planning ahead for situations such as this keeps everything running smoothly for my family.
Five to ten minutes of planning once a week or even once a day can have a huge payout for you and boost your overall productivity every day.
Bullet Journaling Motivates You
Once you have your daily tasks recorded, you’ll be more motivated to work on checking them off daily and your overall productivity will increase. For one, you’ll know exactly what you should be working on. No more wasted time trying to figure out what your next step is, or getting lost in the land of Pinterest and Facebook instead of doing something productive.
The daily list of tasks will also make you push just a little harder to make sure everything gets done before you call it a day.
Bullet Journaling is a Record To Help You Reflect
Last but not least, your bullet journal is an enlightening record of what you’ve accomplished on a daily basis. Set aside a little time to look through your notes at the end of the week or the month. Reflect on what’s working and what isn’t. Where do you need to work harder, what should you change or stop doing? Use the record your bullet journal gives you to prioritize and improve your processes and tasks. Your job, school, home, and creativity will benefit from the new insights your bullet journal will open up for you. Use your bullet journal as a personal and professional improvement tool to help tweak those areas of your life that you’re struggling with and look forward to smoother sailing in the future. You can do it!
So as it is written, let it be done,
Melissa (prioritizing-the-miscellany) Shantel