What is a bullet journal? At its core, bullet journaling is a fun, easy way to make your own planner and track virtually every aspect of your life from work to home and everything in between. It’s customizable, so you can make lists, trackers, daily, weekly, monthly task lists, and more. At its most basic, bullet journaling has you list tasks that you’ll complete in a given period of time. There are so many ways bullet journaling can help with time management.
Keep track of kids’ schedules.
Because you can make your own “spreads” or “layouts” in a bullet journal, you don’t have to fit multiple schedules on one confining calendar. Create a layout with all your of kids’ names (include yourself and significant other or spouse as well) and color code to make sure everyone is where they need to be on time. I used to waste so much time trying to figure out who was available when. This way to use bullet journaling not only will help you optimize your time; it will help your family as well.
Hold yourself accountable.
Many bullet journal users make daily pages where they write out ahead of time hour for hour (and even sometimes to the half hour) what they are going to accomplish for the day. Appointments and work schedules may be included on the dailies, but it’s also completely fine to put things like “take shower”, “work out”, “eat dinner”, and “even brush teeth”. For most, those tasks aren’t necessary to track each day, but for many, recording your day-to-day activities and the time you complete them will help you make sure you are taking care of yourself and managing your time well. If you note the day before that you’ll wake up at 6:30 a.m., chances are, you’ll be more likely to do so rather than migrate all your tasks you fall behind on by waking up late.
Bullet journaling gives you a chance to categorize and note which tasks are the most important. The symbols you use are entirely up to you, but the original concept of bullet journaling comes from just using simple dots or bullets to denote tasks. Filling in the bullets means that you have completed a task. For those things that are at the top of your list, you can check off (or fill-in) the bullets at the end of the day. If a task is unable to be completed, you may draw an arrow to migrate it to the next day (or a later time).
Your future calendar, tracker, or spread will help you plan out what will happening in the upcoming weeks or months. Larger tasks or events may be broken up into more manageable, short things to do in prior daily or weekly lists. When it comes to managing time, looking at the bigger picture and what lies ahead can be incredibly important. Bullet journaling allows you to do just that!
Bullet journaling is fun, easy, and can be as simple or as complicated (with gorgeous designs and intricate spreads) as you want it to be. These ways bullet journaling can help with time management will be lifesavers for yourself and your family as you focus on planning and organizing your personal, professional, and family life.
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