Being a freelancer has been a huge blessing and brought me a lot of joy. BUT I tend to perform better and more efficiently when there is structure, a schedule, and something specifically needed from me at a given time.
This is literally the opposite of what freelancing is like. While I do have a routine, structure is still minimal, my schedule is never ever the same, and often times it’s up me to decide what I need to do at any given time.
The result is me forgetting some things, struggling to stay focused, and just overall being inefficient. Since I’ve admitted that some of freelance life is not “for me” per say, I have gotten much better at finding ways to solve this problem. One of those ways I’ve found is bullet journaling.
What is bullet journaling?
Bullet journaling is simply a space to collect all of your lists, thoughts, notes, ideas, and anything else you want to have a physical record of. It’s a super simple concept. In fact, it is so simple when I first heard of it I thought it was ridiculous everyone was claiming how “life-changing” it was.
Like, hello people, I know how to make a to-do list or write things on my calendar!! This is not groundbreaking stuff!
But that was just the thing. I had all of these different things that I thought helped me stayed organized but in reality, my work schedule, my daily to-do list, my list of important dates and birthday were all in different places. When I finally decided to give bullet journaling a shot, I noticed right away how much more organized I was on a daily basis. All of my little notes, to-do lists, and reminders were in the same place and completely organized in a way that was helping me stay focused. I didn’t feel nearly as scatter brained and having a daily list of to-dos as well as a monthly list of to-dos was a big game changer for me.
Plus I love love LOVE crossing things off the list as I get them done.
The Basics of Bullet Journaling
If you’d like to watch a video of basic bullet journaling in action the bullet journal website has a really good one. Otherwise I’m going to give you a brief rundown right now.
Bullet journals are completely customizable so none of this is set in stone, or absolutely needs to be done. I have definitely done some trial and error and over time have realized what works best for me.
- Index: This will make it easy for you to find what your looking for as your journal gets filled up
- Future log: For planning out big events 6 months at a time.
- Monthly log: a large scale look at your month and all it entails
- Monthly task list: tasks you want to get accomplished by the end of the month
- Weekly log: your to-do list, plans, notes, etc, for each day of the week
Other things I’ve seen people use their bullet journal for
- habit log
- mood log
- exercise log
- gratitude log
- book reading log
- Weekly meal planning log
- tracking social media/blog followers
What I love about Bullet Journaling
It’s super easy to set-up – It’s not a confusing system to master
It doesn’t involve spending a ton of money just to get started – any old notebook will do!
It can be completely tailored to fit your needs – plan, track, and note whatever you need
If you’ve never tried bullet journaling, or think it’s all hype I encourage you to give it a try!