I love my bullet journal, and of course, I have more than one. Currently, I have four, all for specific purposes:
- A bullet journal for my current novel, the fifth in the Eardleys clean Regency romance series, which is Henry’s story;
- An on-going research and reading journal, which is much more useful than I thought it would be;
- A commonplace book, for storing notes, quotes, and insights; PLUS my
- Goals and motivation bullet journal.
One bullet journal or many?
Initially, I started with a single bullet journal:
I followed the BuJo system religiously for almost a year, trying to put my entire life into a bullet journal. It stopped working for me. I found it too distracting to have my day job, my personal stuff, and my novels, all in the same Leuchtturm A5 hardcover notebook. After racing through notebooks alarmingly quickly — when I got to two notebooks a month, I gave up. In the time I was copying Collections to new notebooks, I could have written a new chapter.
If you’re just starting out with the bullet journal system, I recommend using a single journal, until you realize that you need more.
After losing track of notes I’d made for research and hunting through several journals, I decided that I needed ONE book, to contain bibliographies, reading lists, research, and research ideas. Keeping all my research together made sense.
Similarly with goals, and time tracking. A master journal for work on goals (work, home, and writing) means that I can track goals more easily.
Use your bullet journal, or journals, your way
Many people in our writers’ group are keen journalers, with multiple journals.
The uses include:
- Family/ and or pets’ health journal. Very useful if you have several people in the family with health challenges. A pets’ diary is especially useful when you’re away. Not only does your pets’ minder know their routine, and diet, but your vet will also find the journal useful if an animal becomes ill while you’re away;
- Food/ diet and recipe journal. Are you attempting a vegan diet, or trying to lose weight? A food diary makes it easy to track everything you need to lose weight, or develop a healthier lifestyle;
- Camera equipment and photos. One of our group is a keen photographer, who enters competitions. He keeps track of everything in a bullet journal.
A bullet journal slows you down and helps you to get more done
The primary benefit of a bullet journal of any kind is that it helps you to track what you’re doing, so that you’re more productive.
I don’t decorate any of my bullet journals, although I do doodle in them, to help me to think.
Your use of the bullet journal system will be as individual as you are. One journal or many? It’s up to you.
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