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I tested the Bullet Journal, the organizational method that suits you

I tested the Bullet Journal, the organizational method that suits you



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Imagine an agenda created especially for you, an agenda that would suit your lifestyle, in which everything would be in its place and that would allow you to better organize yourself, not to forget anything and even able to motivate you. Here is the good news: this diary or notebook of life really exists. Now let's move on to the less good news: in fact it doesn't exist yet, you have to do it yourself. The bullet journal or bujo is a notebook that keeps your goals and tasks to be carried out day by day. Is it really effective? In my constant search to improve the organization of the house, I tested the bullet journal. And this is how it went.

Start a bullet journal

One of the great qualities of a bullet journal is its ease of implementation. No need for exceptional supplies that require you to tour between DIY stores, creative hobbies or drugstores. A notebook and a pencil is enough! Some seek the little beast and decree that you need a particular notebook and a particular pencil but in the end it doesn't matter, the important thing is that you can write in a notebook, the rest is according to your desires. Luckily, I had a black, unused, lined black moleskin notebook. For pencils, I borrowed everything I needed (and more!) From my children's room. When you have these tools, the bullet journal is waiting for you to become reality. If there is no shortage of references to start a bullet journal on the Internet, I drew on the article of a blogger who explains how to start a bullet journal in 10 steps to get started. This allowed me to follow a very didactic method, even if - you will see - one quickly detaches from theory to do one's own practice.

The essential points of the bullet journal

The heart of the bullet journal can be compared to an agenda. The principle is quite simple since it involves recording your tasks, notes and day-to-day events by adding entries at the beginning of the month. To make your bullet journal easier to read, you will add signs (“bullets” in English, hence the name of the journal). They will be used to prioritize the different information, determine the progress of actions or even report items. You have the choice to use the bullets system you want, but in this case it is better to have a legend of your bullets in your journal. These can be dots, circles, squares, dashes, etc. The main thing is to find yourself there, the bullet journal is not intended to be shared. This is perhaps what explains its success, the bullet journal goes against everything that is trendy today: it is neither digital nor turned social network. It is a modern tool but which uses old processes (paper and pencil) and which does not need the network to exist. The most shared bullet system is undoubtedly the following: * A check box for tasks (eg sorting mail) * A point for a note (eg theme idea for a birthday) * A circle for an event (e.g. restaurant dinner)

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The other strength of the bullet journal is its adaptability. In addition to the agenda part and the bullets system, your journal will also be used to integrate everything that seems important to you. There is no obligation and you can alternate serious notes and futile notes. For my diary, for example, I wrote down my list of books to read, recipes that I want to test, but also a schedule for cleaning and meals (I'll let you guess which lists are in the order of futile ). All subjects that interest you and for which you need a minimum of organization are accepted. Art therapy with the bullet journal Keeping a daily journal can seem restrictive and that is why the bullet journal introduces a fun aspect (but not compulsory) to allow you to keep it in the long term. Many people take advantage of this free space to add many drawings or improve their calligraphy. For some, the bullet journal is a real work of art and they spend a lot of time there. Having played the game and trying to get pages that were pleasant to read, I discovered that this part of the bullet journal worked like coloring pages for adults. We feel a kind of appeasement to add illustrations and write the most beautiful letters possible. The bullet journal trap Be careful not to forget the primary function of the bujo which is the organization. If you spend more time writing / drawing on your bullet journal than reducing your to-do list, you may be even more behind than before (which is the opposite of your goal). The best thing is to determine in advance a daily time allotted for writing your bullet journal. Ten minutes a day should be more than enough, do not let yourself be overwhelmed. Prettier than a “to do list” on Post-it, the bullet journal succeeds in tour de force transforming an organizational method into a moment of relaxation. If you have the soul of an artist, we strongly recommend this way of organizing even if the followers of minimalism can also find their way there. The bujo adapts completely! Finally, only those who hate handwriting may not find their account there.